The following is another excerpt of a book which we have recently completed about teaching the Bible which focuses on some techniques that may be little known and are certainly seldom practiced today. Here we present the all important element which we call the “Setting,” which, as you can imagine, is not what it seems. Enjoy!
As we alluded to earlier, there is a power that is unleashed by simply reading the Word of God as if you have never read it before. A key to this power being released is the teacher’s ability to bring the class into the setting of the Biblical text.
Setting, in this sense, is more than historical facts and data. It is more than an understanding of the people, places, economic, religious, and geopolitical circumstances which are present at the time the text is taking place in. All of these are important elements of setting and can be aids to the class’s understanding of the text, however, for the Power of The Living God to be released into the room, something more is required.
The class must miraculously be transported to the time and place of Biblical account to be transformed. The teacher guides the class to this place by humble submission to the power of God at work in the room. In this place, all of the class’s previously formed conclusions about the Biblical text are shattered as they are transported to the place and time where the Biblical text takes place. It is no longer a story or lesson, the room is alive as each person through supernatural selection assumes their place in the Biblical account as it is actually taking place around them.
Each person in the class is healed as the Spirit of The Living God teaches through each one of us as we experience the text as is written, not as it is interpreted by the teacher, but as it is spoken aloud to the class.
The teacher must balance elements of timing, relationship, and content as the healing presence of the Holy Spirit moves through the room. The setting is given by The Lord and communicated through the teacher to bring healing as we open the Bible as if we have never opened it before.