fun, and effective way to grab children's attention is through the use of
alliteration, whereby each time they hear a word that begins with a particular
letter it prompts them to do a behavior. I'd like to share a sample
of a story, based on Acts 6-7, that I wrote for one of the Lighthouse
Bible Lessons. Maybe this technique will inspire you. If you
have a story-telling technique to share, please send it to email@example.com.
is for Stephen
As your read the story,
children stand or sit each time they hear a word that begins with the letter “S.”
When you get to a set of questions, have children sit down, ask the questions so
they can focus on the content of the story, and then continue as before.
the Holy Spirit was sent, the number of people who sought
after Jesus greatly increased. But the Jews who followed the Greek way of doing
things complained that their widows were not given the same amount of food as the Jews who followed the Jewish ways. So
the twelve disciples decided to choose seven
men to take over this responsibility, saying,
“We must choose seven men who are
known to be full of the Spirit and
wisdom, so we can give our attention
to prayer and teaching God’s word."
solution pleased everyone. They chose
Stephen, a man of supreme
faith and filled with the Spirit; and
six other men, Philip, Procorus,
Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas.
What was the problem between the Greek and Jewish Christians?
2) What did the disciples decide to do? Why?
3) Who were chosen to serve the widows?
So the word of God spread
and the number of disciples in
swiftly increased, and a large
number of priests became submissive
to the faith too.
Stephen, a man full of God's grace
and strength, did great wonders and
miraculous signs among the people. Some
of the leaders began to argue with Stephen,
but they could not stand up against
his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
they secretly persuaded some
men to say, "We have heard Stephen
speak swear words against Moses and against God."
1) How does the Bible describe Stephen?
2) Why didn’t the leaders like Stephen?
3) What did the leaders do?
they stirred up the people and the
elders and the teachers of the law. They seized
Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin—the
Jewish court. They produced false spectators,
who said, "Stephen never stops
speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say
that Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this sacred place and change the customs Moses supplied to us."
What did the leaders say Stephen was doing wrong?
2) Where did they take Stephen?
who were sitting in the Sanhedrin
looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of a shining angel.
the high priest said to him, "Are these charges true?"
Stephen told them a long
story of how God saved the Jewish
people time and time again—from Abraham to Moses, to King David and Solomon—over several hundred
years God . .
. " The rest of this story-technique and much more is available in our Lighthouse
Bible Lesson Plans.
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