Bible teachers might have specific questions that could make their teaching better when answered.
Some frequently asked questions about Bible lesson introductions follow.
People often come into the classroom distracted. Their attention needs to be pulled from these concerns to the lesson at hand. Students need to know why they should be there. A good introduction will do this. To Read: Lesson Introduction – Important to Have One
What should the introduction do?
It should capture their attention. It should transition them from life concerns and issues into the Word, showing the relevance of what is to be studied. It should connect them with the truth to follow much like a bridge takes us from one place to another.
What means can be used?
A great variety of means can be used. What you choose could depend on the length of your session, the age of your students, or available resources. The purpose you want to accomplish through the introduction should be a determining factor. You might do something interesting like an object lesson or experiment. You might present a challenge through the use of a question or case study. You might try something entertaining, yet with a purpose, such as a video clip or skit. Perhaps something engaging would fit such as telling a story or giving a personal illustration. Maybe something creative, like an ice-breaker type of activity, would pull them in.
What about reviewing the previous lesson?
Unless creatively presented, a basic review of the previous lesson can turn people off more than turn them on to what is yet to come. The main reason to provide a review is if that session builds upon previous knowledge. If that is the case, you can wait to bring in particular truths at the times needed rather than offer a lengthy, boring review. If you are concerned about catching up those who missed the previous session, consider other ways you could do that prior to the session.
How long should the lesson introduction be?
An introduction only needs to be long enough to capture students’ attention and give you a transitioning point into the Bible study. If the introduction consumes a large portion of the lesson, it is probably too long. Your objective should be to grab their attention and then move on to the study of God’s Word.
Should the introduction be more exciting, or entertaining, than the remainder of the lesson?
Of any part of the lesson that could have an entertaining value to it, the beginning is it. You want to grab their attention. Yet, you don’t want to go so over the top with the introduction that the remainder of the lesson seems boring in contrast. Getting into God’s Word should be exciting! Make all of the lesson engaging.