Putting a puzzle together can be an extremely enjoyable activity. It can also be very frustrating. Have you ever tried to put together a puzzle only to declare that some of the pieces must be missing? One puzzle strategy is to gather all the pieces with straight edges and attempt to construct the frame of the puzzle before filling the inside.
In a similar way, teaching is like putting a puzzle together. Your students come to you with a variety of backgrounds, issues, concerns, and cultural ways of understanding life. Scripture was written to and about people with very different issues, concerns, and culture. Yet throughout scripture we find biblical principles that transcend time and culture. The challenge we face is how to interpret and apply those biblical principles to contemporary life. And so we are putting a puzzle together. Help your students discover the joy of putting together the puzzle of biblical application this week!