W. Austin Gardner
Am I ready to teach
Am I ready to teach?
Before I teach I should thoroughly examine myself.
I should not teach others until God has taught me the lesson that I am teaching
I can not expect my class to grow in their walk with the Lord if I am not doing so
I must remember that I can never take my students where I have not already been
Have I bathed my lesson in prayer?
I must pray for myself before I prepare the message and as I prepare the message
I need to ask God to help me rightly divide the Scriptures as I prepare to teach
Prayer shows my utter dependence on the Holy Spirit of God to do the work in my class
Pray for your students that God would already be working in their hearts even before they get to the class
Have you asked God to do the work in you from the passage before He does it in the students
Do I know who and what I am teaching for?
It is for Him not even for the students
It is to honor and glorify God
Questions to ask yourself as you prepare the lesson
What examples are there to follow from this lesson
What are the commands that we should obey
What are the mistakes or even sins that we should avoid
What Biblical principles do I find in this lesson to live by
Bible Study Methods--Ask yourself the following questions
What is the text saying—read the passage many times to know for sure—do not forget to get the whole context
What does it mean?
Why did He write it?
How should I respond to these truths?
What difference will this make in my life?
Teaching the lesson
Ask yourself what is the best way to present this subject
What object lesson can you use
Story to tell
Drama that the kids can get involved in—also the adults
Thoughts on story telling
Know the story real well
Never read it just tell it
Get the students involved
Prepare some visuals
Act out the story
Lose yourself in the story
Change your voice
Make sure to look every student in the eye
Think back over the lesson
What could you have done better
What caught their attention
Think over how you controled the environment