My King of Kings! Study Guide: Introduction

A Vacation Bible School Curriculum by Barry McWilliams
an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America


One key to effective teaching is the preparation of the teacher. When you have studied the material at your level, to the point you are excited about the story, that enthusiasm will carry over into the lesson you present. So this curriculum uses a Lesson guide to help you study the Scriptures - aimed at High School or older, and then offers a Story guide offering a way of presenting the story on a children's level. A variety of ways of presenting stories are used. You may want to develop the story differently than the method presented depending on your circumstances. If you have done your homework on the Lesson, you should be able to do this. Remember to keep the story on a children's level and to focus on the daily theme.

The lessons are from the Book of Daniel and focus on how we allow God to rule in our lives. Daniel lived in a time when God's people were in exile and ruled by Babylonian kings. The conflicts between God's rule and Man's rule is at the heart of our lessons. Be sure and read about Daniel: The Key Themes

The Bible Speaks Today: The Message of Daniel, by Ronald S. Wallace (Inter-varsity Press, 1984) was used a primary source in preparing these lessons and you are encouraged to purchase this paperback commentary to use in your study. Other reference books are suggested in the Bibliography.

The Teacher's lessons are in two parts:

1. Study questions on the Bible text and some background facts to help in understanding it. As the passage is studied, these will make it more meaningful. The text will be studied in considerably more detail than you will be presenting the stories. Think about and answer the questions yourself before reading the comments that follow them. This study is for you. Try to get as much as you can for your own life from your study. "You have to know a great deal to teach a little bit."

2. An outline of each Bible lesson, with key points and sub-points from which the children's lesson will be developed. Different kinds of stories are best told with different methods, and a variety of methods are used here. You may want to use another method to fit your situation. See the Church Storytelling Guide for more on preparation and techniques. The Bible Story lessons will use a variety of teaching methods as follows:
Lessons 1 & 2 will use Pictures-in-Sequence.
Lesson 3 Puppets.
Lesson 4 is to be a "dramatic" storytelling.
Lesson 5 Flannelgraph.

You will need to prepare the graphic teaching aids that are needed. Some suggested applications to be drawn from the lesson and applied to our needs and situations are contained in the material, however each teacher will need to develop their own appropriate introductions (hooks) and applications (tooks). Remember: Make it: "a Bible story", "Your story" and "an interesting story!".

Each lesson is built on each day's theme and will be supplemented by the Object Lessons and whatever teaching aids you might prepare such as worksheets with puzzles, fill in the blanks, word searches, etc.

© 1988 Barry McWilliams and Mission Church Fellowship,
Hypertext Version © 1996 Barry McWilliams
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