Teaching God’s Word – Planning and Preparation
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
The Four Steps to Follow Before Teaching God’s Word
Teaching God’s Word is a great responsibility and requires preparation. There are four basic steps you should take each time you prepare a lesson:
- Pray for Wisdom, Understanding, and Direction
- Search the Scriptures and Read Commentaries
- Organize Your Material and Plan Your Lesson
- Pray for Your Students
Pray for Wisdom, Understanding, and Direction
Whether you are teaching on an assigned topic, or you are creating your own, the very first thing you need to do is pray. Ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you, and help you to understand the material. Once you are comfortable with the topic, you need to know how to apply it so that it is relevant to your students; so, pray for direction. Finally, pray for wisdom. Because we are sinners, we sometimes find it very convicting to hear the Word of God. Tact, kindness, and a lot of love, need to be used when dealing with some of the moral truths of the Bible.
Search the Scriptures and Read Commentaries
After you are done praying, you should spend some time reading through your text material. Make notes, jotting down any stray thoughts or rabbit trails that pop into your head. Often these are the working of the Holy Spirit. Once you have read the material and made your own notes, reference one or two good commentaries to see what they have to say. If your observations directly oppose theirs, you need to take another look at the content of your lesson.
What does Scripture say? Are you teaching a controversial passage?
Seek counsel from a mature Christian, your husband, or your Pastor. It is extremely important that you don’t teach anything that disagrees with Scripture; but, do not always assume, that you are the one that is wrong. Commentaries are written by men, not by the inspiration of God, and as such, they can contain errors.
Organize Your Material and Plan Your Lesson
Once you are comfortable with your material, you need to formulate your plan. A complete set of instructions titled, Formulate an Effective Lesson Plan, is made available by The Submissive Spirit.
Practice your lesson. Say the words out loud, especially if you are lecturing to a room full of people, as opposed to one-on-one discipleship. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be as you teach.
Pray for Your Students
You must pray that the Word falls on fertile ground. Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of your students. Pray that you are given inspiration as you are teaching God’s Word so that you can relate the material specifically to your student’s lives. Thank the Lord, for entrusting their instruction to you. It is humbling to know that Christ is using us, as instruments, when we teach.
Tips for Teaching From The Submissive Spirit
Whether you are preparing a Sunday School lesson, a school lesson, or a short devotional, the planning process is basically the same. Follow these four steps to create an organized and effective lesson plan.
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