Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Movies and Videos in Bible Study

General Overview of the method:
Using movies in Bible study can be extremely beneficial. It is a visual way of tying scripture in. Every time I have been in a study group that used a movie to demonstrate something from the Bible I have remembered the clip and what was being taught. Using movies will help the visual learners see what they read.
There are different types of movies that you can use. You can use movies like I did today or you can use movies that play out scenes from the Bible. I have been in a Bible study that used a movie version of Acts. It was really neat. Every verse was spoken by who needed to speak it or narrated and acted out. I can still remember many clips of that series and it’s because of that movie.

Age Level:
It can be used for any age group depending on the movie. I would recommend it mostly for youth and adults.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o Movie clips or a video
o Bible
o Lots of preparation

Step by step instructions for the model:
There are two ways to use videos in Bible study. You can substitute your lesson with a video or you can incorporate a video clip into your lesson. In order to add a clip in you should, one, research your topic and find a movie clip that helps demonstrate your point for your bible study. Play the clip and then discuss your Bible verses and begin your lesson. If you use a video for your Bible study make sure to watch it all so you know it will benefit the class.

Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses):
I personally love this approach. It is a very good visual aid to incorporate into Bible study. It is a good help for students to remember what they are learning. The downfall of any movie is that it can take away from the original book and cause you to see it in a way that you hadn’t before and because it’s a visual aid you will always see it that way from then on.

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