Soak up God’s Word

January 18, 2016 , In: TEACH, THANKS

The most meaningful part of each day with my students is, hands down, reading the Bible with them. Colleagues who have popped into our classroom as we’re digging into God’s Word have commented on the sense of peace that rests within our walls. I guess that’s another way to describe this special time of the day – peaceful. It’s also so much more and I take no credit for it because I know why our mornings are filled with peace – and joy, and questions and challenges. The Word of God is alive and active! The Bible engages, makes us ask and wonder, dares us to change and fills us with awe at our Heavenly Father and our Saviour Jesus.

Giving my students every chance to read the Bible started with a worry  I had. Overhearing a heartbreaking conversation among teenagers on a train, I was afraid that my students would in the future find themselves as lost and confused as these young people I was hearing. Then God reminded me that it’s His business to transform the hearts of my students and He works powerfully through His Word. So more than pep talks of my own conjuring, I do my best to lead my students straight to the source of all wisdom and life.

God reminded me that it’s His business to transform the hearts of my students and He works powerfully through His Word.


Here are four ways you and your students can soak up God’s Word in class. These may not sound phenomenal but remember how our Lord created the universe by the power of His Word? You’ll be amazed how regular reading of the Bible can create a whole new world!

Read it together. I told you it doesn’t sound groundbreaking! But that’s what you do with words. Books like Proverbs would be good for students to read out loud, one verse per child. For other passages, you might want your students to read ahead before you re-read it together.

Sing it together. My class memorised the whole of Psalm 139 because we learnt it as a song. I played the version by Sons of Korah which uses the NIV pretty much a word-per-word. As we listened, the students followed along using their Bibles.

Discuss it.
Super important! If we as adults can have questions as we read, how much more will our students? Give them freedom to ask anything that does not make sense to them. In answering, make sure you are using the Bible as much as possible. If the Bible doesn’t give us a clue or an answer to a question, be honest and perhaps talk about how God has not revealed everything to us. He has, however, given us everything we need to know. Show them that asking questions is a good thing by the way you respond. Kids also love sharing their favourite verses. Finally, make sure you always ask, ‘How should we live if we believe what we’ve read?’

‘How should we live if we believe what we’ve read?’

Draw it.  Audio Bibles abound and you’ll find a variety ready for use on YouTube. Play any book of  as kids read along using their Bibles. After two chapters or so, let kids share highlights from the passage. A prompt such as ‘What do we learn about Jesus from this passge?’ may help them share their ideas. With their thoughts listed on the board, students then make a poster for that book of the Bible. They add to it bit by bit as you go through more chapters each week. An alternate way of doing this is whilst playing the audio Bible, students can draw and write as they listen.Draw the Bible The Book of Mark Draw the Bible Book of Mark

Mark in pictures

The last idea is something I learnt from my friend and colleague, Louise Griffiths. Our team has been so blessed to work with her in 2015. As she focuses on being a wife to her Cameron and a Mum to two gorgeous kids this 2016, let me honour her as I give you a picture of why I am filled with gratefulness that I got to work with her:

  • She is the walking, breathing definition of initiative. As Jesus saw others’ needs, Louise reflects this as she offers help before you even realise you need it.
  • She is generous with her praise and honesty. Louise is quick to give credit where it is due and she is encouraging at the right times. I will miss ending our team meetings with her cheery, ‘I just love working in this team!’
  • She is cheeky. Once (or twice) she hid some of my students in her room before I came back from yard duty. I will miss these little (shocking) surprises. I may or may not have played a similar trick on her.
  • She’s a loving Mum and wife. Louise is a wonderful support to her husband and she lets her kids shine. When her children are having a bad day, she is full of patience for them and lovingly sorts out fights. Her tone is always kind. even when she is being firm.
  • Her greatest hope for her students and anyone she meets is for them to know and follow Jesus Christ. Yes, she can be crazy and is lots of fun but above all, she knows and speaks passionately about what is most important: the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The team will miss you, Louise! Thank you.


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Rachel Herweynen

Teaching Principal

Alive because of Jesus. My husband Cameron and I have the privilege of living and working in a remote indigenous community, our home, Gäwa on Elcho Island, Australia. What a joy to not only be principal and teacher but also granddaughter, mother, aunty, child and mother-in-law. Above all, always daughter of the King.

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