Why?: How do you construct a Bible lesson based on
The Effective Four?
What?:The Effective Four are the four
questions you should help your learners answer so that they might
gain wisdom rather than mere knowledge from your Bible lesson. The
questions are: Why? What? So What? So What Now?.
The first question is Why? Why should they want to know
the truth you are going to show them from Scripture?
The second question is What? What is that truth?
The third question is So What? How might the truth be
applied to their lives so that they can grow in wisdom?
Finally, So What Now? What transformation would they
commit to as a result of the lesson?
That's the order of the lesson—Why? What? So What? So What
But, the lesson is constructed starting with the What?
This is where you will spend most of your time in preparing the
lesson. What is the big idea from the passage you are going to
teach? Once you understand what the human author, inspired by the
divine author, meant to say to the original audience, you can bring
the truth to your learners. Then, think through how that truth
could be applied to your learners. That's the So What?.
The So What Now? is the way in which you will have your
learners commit to being transformed. Finally, knowing where you're
aiming, develop the Why? that will draw them into the
lesson. Raise a tension that needs to be settled or ask a question
that needs to answered by the passage you're teaching.
So What?: In summary, you prepare the lesson beginning
with the What?, but you present the lesson beginning with
the Why?. This is the method of constructing a lesson so
that you are, as the title of the book says, Bible Teaching for
So What Now?: Rather than reading from a lesson
prepared by another or presenting a lot of interesting Bible facts,
know the truth that leads to wisdom and then teach that truth using
The Effective Four.
About the Podcast
In these short episodes, Dr. Danny shares biblically-based insights on teaching the Bible. Published weekly, you can get a boost before teaching each week.