God’s Word is filled with truth that stretches us. When our study and preparation to teach bring us new insight and obedience, the result can be excitement to share. How did you discover that new insight? What went on behind the curtain?
Behind the Curtain
Have you considered that your class could benefit from learning how to study God’s Word? I mean learning from you about what went on behind the curtain (think Wizard of Oz). What might be some of what you share? Consider the following:
- the importance of starting preparation early to listen to God speak and to look for life illustrations
- reading through the scripture before turning to commentaries (including teacher or pupil book) in order to listen to the original source (God)
- allowing God to speak to you before listening for a message for the class
- writing down key questions that need to be answered
- identifying historical or cultural events or actions which need better understanding
- highlighting key words or phrases whose meaning might add insight
- understanding the context of the larger passage or book, including author, place, audience, main message, etc.
- and much more.
Class members need to be able to open God’s Word, study it, and apply it to their lives. If no one shows them how to do so, then they will never grow to their potential. Doing so during class over a period of time is best.
All of the above should not be taught in one lesson. Pick out one step or method you use and share it. Over time, members will build tools that will help them during class and between classes. And it will help them as they invest in family members and others. Plus you will be training potential new teachers in how to prepare as well.
Look behind your preparation curtain. Teach your group how you prepare. Watch as that insight helps them grow as disciples. Make disciples. Be revolutionary!