January 29, 2011

Every Word Counts

When teaching young people to study the Bible it is essential to get them to notice the words, phrases, and themes that grow out of the text. Each word matters! For example, have them write and then read a paragraph, covering up or deleting key words. The meaning changes and the significance gets lost when each word is not considered. Have students focus on the three superlatives found in Genesis 6:5 (every, only, all the time). If we want young people to deepen their experience with Bible study, we have to teach them to observe the details like a detective and notice every single word.