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Prayer and Preparation: Three Ways Prayer is Vital to Lesson Preparation

Think for a second, Sunday school teacher, about what you do week in and week out.  You spend all week preparing to stand before the people of your class and teach God's word.  You are a voice of truth for your people.  The people of your class are expecting you to be prepared to open God's word and, along with the Holy Spirit, help them understand what it says.  It can be a daunting task. I would pose a question to you.  What percentage of your time in preparing the lesson during the week do you devote to prayer?  We often immerse ourselves in reading the passage, consulting commentaries or concordances, or reading the latest blog or news articles that relate to the passage or topic.  We often ask for our people to pray for us as we teach, but how many of us are asking our people to pray for us during the week as we prepare. It's an understatement to say prayer is important, but it is.  It should be a vital and regular part of our preparation during the week.  I offer

The End Will Come: 4 Things to Consider When Teaching on Jesus' End-Time Warnings

In 1960 C.S. Lewis wrote an essay in which he referred to the return of Jesus as  "The World's Last Night".   In this essay, he views the history of this world as unfolding like a drama or a play, but it's a drama in which we do not know how or when it will end.  Like all dramas, you know the end has come when the curtain falls.  Referring to the return of Jesus, Lewis  says "the curtain may be rung down at any moment". When it comes to teaching on the end times, we often get caught up in the details.  Sometimes we even get caught up in discussing details about the end that Scripture doesn't give us, and this leads to speculation rather than actually teaching what the Bible says.  In Matthew 24, the disciples asked Jesus "what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?".  What follows is Jesus teaching on the signs of the end of the age, tribulation, and His return.  I want to offer 4 things for you to consider as you prepare to te

Three Life Changing Announcements From the Empty Tomb

Most of you who are Sunday school teachers have been spending this week preparing your hearts and minds to teach about the resurrection of Jesus this Sunday.  Christ's resurrection is the cornerstone doctrine of our faith.  Paul says that without it we are without hope and still lost in our sin.  So the resurrection should be in our hearts and minds everyday, but especially this week we allow our minds to dwell on it more and we allow it's truth to penetrate our hearts more deeply. At our church, most will be studying The Gospel of Matthew's account of the resurrection. It's in chapter 28:1-15.  The women arrive at the tomb and are immediately greeted with a great earthquake, and they witness an angel roll the stone barring their entry from in front of the tomb.  The angel is described as appearing like lightning and wearing a robe of pure white. But it's not the angel's appearance so much as his announcement that is jarring to the women.  I think there are 3

Teaching and Preparing as an Act of Worship

 “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” ~ Colossians 3:17 Often when we think of worship, we think of music or singing.  We think of lifted hands and hearts in song to the Lord.  And that is an act of worship, but it is not the fullness of what worship means.  In this passage in Colossians, Paul is urging the church at Colossae to do everything for the sake of worship.  Whatever we say and do is an act of worship if done for Christ.  A favorite preacher of mine, John Piper, says that worship is “a valuing or a treasuring of God above all things”.  Worship is your response to being in the presence of God.  So for those of us who teach the word of God, do we view our time preparing and teaching as an act of worship, as a time of being in the presence of God and valuing Him and treasuring Him? When you sit down to study God’s word during the week are you offering up praise to Hi