There is probably one main idea you would like your students to get from this week’s class. You can probably say it in a sentence or two. The question is: will your students be able to do that after the class is over?
In order to help students remember the main idea of the lesson it helps if the main point is snappy, memorable and short. Think of it like that annoying song in your head. That’s what you are looking for – a hook that gets caught in the head.
Here are a few ideas:
#1 Transform a Cliche
A cliche is a word or phrase that is recognized by repetition. Everyone says it all the time. Adapt it to your idea and hey presto – you have a hook.
Example: “If he loves me… he will make me holy” (Eph 5:25-27)
#2 Attempt an Odd Analogy
Analogies help paint a picture of something by reference to something else. The best analogies are surprising. The more surprising the more memorable.
Example: “Being in ministry is like being in the mafia – everyone is family” (1 Tim 5:1-2)
#3 Try a Rhyme
Rhymes are easy to remember and they work best if they are obvious.
Example: “To run the race, let Jesus set the pace” (Heb 12:1-2)
#4 Borrow a Song Lyric
Rework the hook of a well known song to make your point. My apologies for the eighties comeback moment that follows. I’m sure you can do better!
Examples: He’s “Never gonna give you up” (John 10:27-30), Be “A Candle in the Wind” (John 3:8)