5 Questions I Ask Myself Before I Teach

As teachers of God's word, we put a lot of work into preparing our lessons. We want to be faithful, articulate, engaging, and interesting all at the same time.  So below are 5 questions I ask myself both before and after preparing for a lesson.  I hope these help you as you prepare.

1. Is it interesting?
This obviously isn't the most important part of a Bible study.  The Bible stands on its own as far as being interesting.  This question is a matter of engagement.  How can I help the members of my class connect with the lesson right from the start?  How can I grab their attention and draw them to the study within the first 3-5 minutes of the lesson.  I want people to be engaged right from the start, so I want to do something that gets them involved right from the beginning.  It could be a question to spark discussion or a story or a quote.  Use something at the beginning of your lesson to grab your people's attention.

2. Is it passionate?
This applies to the whole lesson from start to finish.  Am I properly conveying the importance of this lesson?  Does my class see that I truly believe what I am teaching?  This is especially important as we teach God's word.  If the person teaching seems disinterested, that's an immediate cue to the class that it's ok to check out mentally.  As a leader, you set the tone of the lesson.  Are you passionate about God's word, and does that passion come through as you teach?

3. Is it faithful?
This is the most important question to ask yourself when preparing.  We are communicating God's word to his people.  We are leading them in a discussion of deep truth of Scripture.  So the most important thing we can do as leaders is to make sure we are faithful to the word of God, and that our lessons remain faithful to the text you are studying.  No matter what kind of teacher you are (lecturer, facilitator, etc), your job is to communicate to your people what it is the Bible says.  So always ask yourself if your lesson is faithful to the text you are studying.  Are you rightly dividing the word of truth?

4. Is it applicable?
The previous question had to do with what the Bible says.  This question has to do with how the passage being studied intersects with my life here and now.  What are we asking our people to do with what they have heard that day?  What should their response be to the truth presented?  Make sure there is always a main point or point of action with your lesson.

5. Is it challenging?
This question is connected to application.  Asking this question to myself helps me make sure that the lesson is going beyond the surface.  It is not a bad thing if people leave class with questions.  It's ok if after the lesson our people are still wrestling with the truths of Scripture or with how to apply it.  The deeper you go in Bible study the more questions your people may have.  I often feel as if I have done my job faithfully if someone comes up to me after class with questions.  That means they have been challenged, they are wrestling with Scripture, and they are seeking earnestly to understand it more. So it's ok to leave them wanting more.


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