God’s Word Is Effective

Read Psalm 19:1-14

“Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward” (v. 11).

Descriptive nicknames and titles have frequently been used about the Bible, God’s Word. It has been referred to as “The Good Book.” It has been called “The Road Map to Heaven” or “The Christian’s Guide to Holy Living.” In each case God’s Word is seen to be filled with purpose and intention, inspiring those reading it to be better people. The evident fact is that God’s Word is effective, meaning it produces “a decided, decisive, or desired effect” through its admonitions and examples. In yesteryears, Bible reading and scripture memorization were common practice. It was believed that exposure to God’s Word would have a positive effect. It provided a warning, instruction, and encouragement that inclined people to step back, weigh their choices and regulate their behaviors. Parents started each day sharing verses from God’s Word with their children; school days were begun with teachers reading a passage from God’s Word with their students. Respect for God’s Word was instilled by giving it a place of priority; in turn, it effectively impacted many lives. It offers the same possibilities for those who will use it today! (Rodney B. Stearns)

Sweet are the promises; kind is the Word,
Dearer far than any message man ever heard.
Pure was the mind of Christ — sinless I see.
He the great example is, and pattern for me.
— W. A. Ogden

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11).

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The Barrier of Reading

According to the Literacy Project Foundation, "50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level" and "45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level."^Literacy Project Foundation Meanwhile, the King James Version is rated at a 12th grade reading level.^Christianbook.com
Therefore, as a Sunday school teacher you should be aware that a number of your students may have difficulty in reading. Some may have difficulty in reading the King James Version, especially uncommon biblical names.
How can you lower the reading barrier in your class?

  1. Be sure to practice reading the scripture text yourself, so that you can read it fluently.
  2. If there are difficult words/names to pronounce, lead the class in pronouncing these various words before reading the text.
  3. Avoid asking those who struggle reading or those who are new to your class to read, especially the more difficult verses.
  4. Do NOT correct (and thereby embarrass) students when they mispronounce or struggle with various words.
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