Thursday, October 18, 2007

Paul Visits Thessalonica and Berea -- Acts 17

Even thought I didn't get a lesson plan online before class last night, I was prepared. I would've liked to have had the lesson plan in writing, but there's only so much time in a day. We are well into Paul's 2nd journey. Paul visits Thessalonica and teaching and converting souls to Christ. He also visits Berea and teaches many there as well. He leaves in a rush because his life is being threatened and heads down to Athens. We'll get into that Wednesday night.

We had another full class last night. We had 4 of our semi-regular visitors. Wednesday PM is always a little more challenging to teach than Sunday AM. Last night was no different. They tend to bring their school day into the Bible class. We're going to have to teach them that Bible class is a place for studying about God and the time given should be respected.

My goal for our regular students is that they become excellent Bible students and learn to apply it to their lives. My goal for the visitors is that they learn that God loves them and that I love them. I want them to know that they are wanted in class. I want them to know that the Bible is the most important book there is and that we should study it our whole lives. Hopefully all of the students will be able to learn some of the details of Paul's journeys. They'll also, hopefully, memorize or at least become very familiar with the passages we are memorizing this quarter.

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations:
We had several late students (our regular students -- I need to talk to them about getting there on time), so we spent quite a bit of time in the stations letting them get settled in and ready for class.

Acts cards -- I meant to introduce Acts 17 card, but forgot. That's okay, we'll be talking about the rest of Acts 17 on Sunday.

Today's lesson: We reviewed the 1st journey and then the 2nd journey up until Paul left Philippi. I wanted the kids to see that what happened in Lystra (angry Jews from Antioch came to stir up trouble) happened on the 2nd journey as well. We covered Paul's visit to Thessalonica and Berea.

Project Folders: We read The Roll Call of Faith (condensed version of Heb 11) and I asked them to copy the first 2 section in their project folders. We also read 1 Corinthians 13 aloud. We now have a cassette recording of myself discussing 1 Corinthians 13 at that station, so each child can listen to it on their own. There is also a cassette for The Whole Armor of God.

Sing: We didn't have time to sing.