Every item you mentioned is certainly true and I would say that all of them are reasons that a Sunday School Teacher who wants to do their best ought to be using them. One other reason that I like them is that so many times they have caused me to take a second look at a verse of scripture to find that there is a deeper question to ponder than just the "standard" meaning that most are used to applying to that verse.
May our Lord and the Holy Spirit continue to lead in your life. Thank you for your ministry in this special area. These lessons worked great for priming the pump to start discussions in Chapel Bible Study groups when I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Your helps are a huge treasure trove in presenting lessons that engage and connect adults to the Bible and also to each other.
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I know many other teachers at First Baptist who have also come to appreciate how your lesson questions help them consider new ideas and directions. These questions are so memorable that attendees keep these in mind all week. Keep up the great work! I teach Adults in their 30s.
I use the lesson helps almost every Sunday. They drastically shorten my lesson preparation times and get people talking. People really respond to the conversational style of teaching. The lesson helps epitomize Proverbs - "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Keep up the great work for the glory of God. The lessons have been invaluable in not only providing me with many questions I use but also in fueling my creative juices in coming up with questions and approaches of my own. My background has been straight teaching but since I have used this resource in my class the feedback has been outstanding.
The students love the level of interaction and it is great to see minds actively at work together. I've been a Josh Hunt fan for several years What most attracted me to Josh's vision was his approach to teaching. Rather than advocating the often pretentious style of lecturing "let me show you what I know" , Josh compels teachers to lead with questions, the type that "get people talking". I'll look at Josh's questions and see if, in his study of the same texts, he has come up with a type of question that I have missed or not previously considered.
In other words, I use Good Questions as sort of an "outside the box" resource to give me a second set of eyes on the topic as I am polishing my lesson. They have worked out great for our church. Rodger Bingham Crittenden Christian Church. Good job, Bro.
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Leroy Ingram. I like Josh's lessons from the Bible because he asks good, open ended questions. It's pretty easy to teach something in a lecture mood. It is quite another thing to come up with insightful, thought provoking questions that stimulate discussion in a classroom setting. His questions engage the class and take them to a deeper spiritual level. My teaching style is leading a class through directed discussion. Josh's questions whether it's the "ice breakers" or the "meatier" questions help spur class members to join in on that discussion.
I have just recently renewed our subscription. The ideas from Good Questions always give me fresh, new ideas to assist in my Sunday School lesson preparation. Many of these ideas are things I would have never thought of.
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These ideas stimulate class interaction and discussion, which in turn, result in positive feedback and spiritual growth ini my class members. I provide the questions from Good Questions to all of my adult department teachers They encourage discussion and get the dialogue moving in my class. It sure make my job a little easier. Josh, I have been using your lessons in my preparation for teaching an adult Sunday school class for years. I use a group study method of teaching, dividing the text into two to four sections and preparing questions for each section.
The class is divided into the appropriate number of groups and challenged to answer the questions based on their assigned text and then report their conclusions to the remainder of the class. I often use some of your questions along with some of my own to get the students involved in studying the Bible text to find answers, which is a skill all Christians need. I do look at other sources, including Lifeway's online sources. However, the final questions used are tailored to my perception of the needs of the class. I teach median to senior adults in a small Southern Baptist church in Wisconsin.
These lessons always provide insight into the focal passage and really connect the learner through thought-provoking conversation.
And, when people are in dialogue they are learning. I am not a member of the clergy. I am a lay member who teaches an adult Sunday School class. Thanks for providing such a powerful resource. My husband and I find the questions very helpful. We use them every Sunday for small group discussions in our SS class of nearly 40 people.
Everyone who wishes to participate gets a chance. These questions seem to make the lessons more applicable to our lives. What good is it to know the Bible and not think through as to what it means to us today? We see such a benefit to having the discussions. New people are more quickly brought into the group because they are interacting from their first visit.
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Everyone is a participant instead of a spectator. It would be hard to go back to a lecture class in which there is only a minimal amount of interaction. I personally chose your literature to use in teachers meetings, to pass on occasionally to our Sunday School Director, and for use in other areas of our church.
Your literature seems to target areas of growth and potential that I see in our area. Since I have only been at this location for a short time, I am eager to use and apply as much as I can to see our Sunday School grow because I believe that Sunday School is still the outreach arm or the church. We hope to be able to send you some better figures six monthd later.
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These questions have opened up a lot of discussion among the class. What I have found is that somewhere during the lesson there comes a "teachable" moment. Most often that moment occurs as different people answer the questions and the lights start coming on in their hearts. Josh's lessons have been a big help in my ministry. I encourage you to give it a try I believe you'll like it. I just want to write you and let you know how much I enjoy using The Good Questions. I teach a class of 40 adults, ages 40 to 60, each Sunday. Because I teach most of the time I need your lessons that correspond to the Lifeway Explore the Bible series not only for lesson preparation but just to get the conversation going.
I am not a lecture teacher but one who insists that the people participate and you know something, with the questions that a part of your lessons, I have never had any trouble getting people to take part in the discussions. Your lessons also provide us with valuable insight to the section of the Bible we are studying.
I would be lost without these lessons so continue on and I thank the Lord for you. I use your lesson help almost every week. The questions are great for getting discussion started in my class. Thanks for the help. Wanda Milholland. I like these lessons because they are practical, relevant, and bring the Scriptures to life in our home Bible studies. I have found them helpful.
I have taught Sunday School in a "lecture" format and found people with eyes glassed over struggling to pay attention I have found that a class full of discussion and engaging conversation about the scripture is one that most everyone seems to enjoy more than a lecture or a second sermon on Sunday morning. Because of this, I like your format for a Sunday School class This helps us to do exactly what scripture says When we hear each others experiences of faith and how God's word has helped us, it encourages us along our way.
I tend to use many of your questions, my own and some from other Sunday School literature to help me put together my final lesson. I do believe that all of your bullet points listed below apply at one level or another. Thanks for the great lessons. However, Christian adults have not lost their interest in understanding Biblical truth and how to apply it to their lives. I have as well seen open discussion as a non-threatening way for non-Church adults to engage Christians and Christian truth comfortably.
Your lesson materials have helped make this possible. That lessens my preparation time and avoids people getting bored with my talking! Phillip S. All very active adults.