6  TRUTHS TO ENCOURAGE PREACHERS AND TEACHERS

For 45 years, I’ve been teaching Bible in both formal and informal venues. Here are truths that  have cultivated  resiliency within me  despite the inadequacy, warfare, and weariness  that accompany a teaching ministry. You’ll profit more from this post if you read the texts connected to the truths. 1.     The basis for our confidence Read more about 6  TRUTHS TO ENCOURAGE PREACHERS AND TEACHERS[…]

3 ways to avoid relativism in group bible discussions

In a Bible study group where the leader employs discussion, “relativism” occurs when participants look inward for answers, rather than observing and interpreting the Bible text for that day. It’s a focus on “what you think the verse means,” rather than on what the text says and means inherently. Relativism occurs when learners unintentionally “create Read more about 3 ways to avoid relativism in group bible discussions[…]

2 essential skills for Bible discussion leaders

During 45 years of teaching and leading group Bible studies, I’ve discovered the value of these skills to facilitate effective interaction: 1.       Qualifying My Questions A good discussion leader keeps the focus on God’s Word rather than human opinion.  When you formulate your own study questions—or adapt those from curriculum—here’s how to prevent discussion from Read more about 2 essential skills for Bible discussion leaders[…]

Rescuing “rabbits” – 2 ways to deal with tangents in a Bible study group

 “Chasing rabbits” is an analogy describing the activity of participants who steer a discussion off course. They chase down a thread of discussion like it is a nose-twitching, rascally varmint that doesn’t run in a straight line. They zig and zag, bolt right, then left, making it difficult for even a sportsman the caliber of Read more about Rescuing “rabbits” – 2 ways to deal with tangents in a Bible study group[…]

5 Ways to handle difficult or controversial subject matter

  Essential Strategies for Bible Study Leaders When it comes to certain doctrines or controversial verses, Christians don’t always see eye to eye. Employ these strategies for keeping disputes from demolishing your Bible discussions. 1.      Anticipate participants’ questions. In advance, identify lesson concepts or passage elements that may arouse or confuse them. This principle of Read more about 5 Ways to handle difficult or controversial subject matter[…]

5 TIPS FOR MANAGING MONOPOLIZERS

Essential Strategies for Bible Study Leaders                                                                              Every now and then you encounter a group member who’s harder to turn off than Niagara Falls.  Though most monopolizers are motivated learners who are passionately involved with the subject matter, their verbal initiatives often cause passivity among others in the group.  Here are a few ways to increase Read more about 5 TIPS FOR MANAGING MONOPOLIZERS[…]

WHat is the key to CONFIDENce WHEN I TEACH OR PREACH?

Sometimes I compare myself unfavorably with other speakers.  Their oratorical polish dwarfs mine.  Their magnetic personality appeals to people more than my melancholy temperament.  Or their formal theological training exceeds mine. On other occasions, before I walk to the pulpit to launch the sermon, Satan taunts me.  There are flashbacks to sins from the past Read more about WHat is the key to CONFIDENce WHEN I TEACH OR PREACH?[…]

7 GUIDELINES FOR TRANSPARENCY IN TEACHING AND PREACHING

Something is transparent when you can see through it.  A person is transparent when he isn’t pretentious, when he discloses setbacks as well as victories.  He’s called real because he doesn’t mask everything that is going on inside.  His prayer requests are specific and honest (at least among a few trusted persons).  He’s secure enough Read more about 7 GUIDELINES FOR TRANSPARENCY IN TEACHING AND PREACHING[…]

 6 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT BIBLE LESSON AND SERMON PREPARATION 

1.       Prepare my heart, not just my head.  I ask God’s Spirit to encourage, convict, or move me to action as needed.  I use the text to inform a time of prayer before I start thinking about how to teach it.  When something in the text moves me to tears, prompts confession of sin, evokes Read more about  6 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT BIBLE LESSON AND SERMON PREPARATION […]