I’ve been in youth ministry for about 14 years, in a lot of different aspects. But the thing I love more than anything is opening up the Bible and engaging teenagers with God’s Word. I’ve learned some key things for being a better Bible teacher.
For me personally, I feel like I am closest to what God has called me to do with my life when I am teaching the Bible. Am I a great Bible-study leader? I don’t think so. I routinely find myself noticing something I could have done better or differently. But as a student of good teaching and preaching, I have learned a few things that have really helped me be a better Bible teacher of God’s Word.
Here are three of things to help you be a better Bible teacher:
1. You are only as good as your preparation.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. … You know this right? And it’s not a particularly flashy point. But here’s the deal: Smart, focused preparation is the single most important aspect of being a great Bible-study teacher. I know we’re all busy. We all have other things to do. But if you spent 30 minutes a day in preparation for the three or four days leading up to your teaching time, you’d be amazed at the difference it makes. On the other hand, cramming an hour in the night before or morning of will always leave you falling short of what you’re capable of.
Most great athletes are great because they have mastered the fundamentals. I read a story this week where Kobe Bryant once wouldn’t leave the gym until he made 600 free throws … AFTER practice! Free throws are as basic as it gets. But Kobe is a sure-fire Hall of Famer in no small part because of his commitment to the basics. Preparing for your lesson is a basic practice, kind of like free throws. But if you can commit to good, focused preparation, your proficiency as a Bible teacher will soar.
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Source: Church Leaders