Line Up Your Bible Lesson Preparation with the Word of God
Awareness of How Truths About the Bible Affect Preparing Lessons:
When preparing a lesson, we need to remember that:
- God's Word is inspired by God.
- God's Word is our source of authority.
- God's Word is powerful.
- God's Word is used by Him to change lives.
Therefore, when we prepare a lesson, we need to remember that:
- We must accurately represent what God is saying.
- We will be held accountable for what and how we teach.
Bottom line --
We need to prepare in accordance with
the kind of Book we are teaching, God's Word.
In 2 Timothy 2:15 God exhorts:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
If that verse applies to everyone, how much more do teachers need to make sure that they are:
exercising great care in preparing lessons; conscientious (do your best)
putting effort into lesson preparation; study time (workman)
using proper hermeneutics; studying in a way that arrives at an accurate representation of what it is saying (correctly handles)
Appraisal of How You Prepare for Teaching the Word:
Try to honestly answer the following questions:
- Are you letting your personality dictate what you do or are you preparing lessons in accordance with God's Word?
- Are you letting your schedule dictate what you do or are you preparing lessons in accordance with God's Word?
Realistically, we must acknowledge that this kind of study will come easier for some personalities. Finding adequate time to prepare lessons will be easier to fit into the schedules of some lifestyles more than others.
Accountability for Bible Lesson Preparation:
Keep in mind, however, that accountability in teaching is not based on our personality or circumstances. Rather it is based on how we line up with His Word. Teaching is a serious and awesome responsibility. When you consider the nature of the Text we teach, it is little wonder the Bible says,
Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. (James 3:1)
Want a self-assessment worksheet on this?
Bible Lesson Preparation Worksheet