Praise God for you! I love your
bible studies and can see your passion to teach God's word
accurately. I just got done reading your Ehud (power of praise)
Bible study and fell in love with you style of ministry. I am a
transfer Junior at Asbury University, I am majoring in youth
ministry. I was wandering if you could give me any advice about
preparing a lesson, ideas for topics or anything else you can
think of that will aid me in advancing God's Kingdom through
thanks for the email and glad you enjoyed
the study. I haven't really been involved with youth ministry so I'm
probably a little out of touch there! I'm generally teaching adults or
taking Sunday School for 2-8 yr olds! And I'm not really sure what
type of messages/studies you do or the depth of knowledge of those
that you speak to. For me it is pretty simple... basically all of the
studies on the website are based on studies prepared for the Home
Group that I take (where we generally just read through a book of the
Bible) or a sermon series in church - again quite often based on a
book of the Bible. And a lot of the people I am speaking to have been
Christians longer than I have.
But here are a few general
pointers that I like to remember -
Now, I know all of this is probably different from what you asked but
I hope some of it helps.
- Firstly, God never called anyone to entertain His sheep. He
does call people to 'Feed my Sheep'. So whatever you are doing
make sure God's word is in there. The Bible says that 'Faith comes
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God'. You can make it fun,
and it should be relevant obviously, but don't ignore God's word.
It is the word of God that has the power to speak , and change,
- The Bible is about Jesus. Always look for Him where ever you
are. He is God's focus so make Him yours.
- Stick to the essentials - the old saying is true 'major on the
majors, minor on the minors'. A quote that I have on my website
from C.S Lewis says "Most theologians devote their lives to
answering questions most people are not asking." Don't forget
that! People don't need to know how far Jericho is from Jerusalem.
But they do need to know how far their heart is from the heart of
- KISS - "Keep it simple stupid" - As much
as possible try to make the gems of the Bible understandable to
the simplest. Pray a lot about this. Ask God to give you the
ability to communicate His word and eternal truth is a way
that even the young in Christ can grasp. J.Vernon McGee was a
Bible Teacher that I like. He used to work through the whole Bible
on the radio so a lot of his listeners were non - Christians. He
had a saying that he always tried 'to put the cookies on the
lowest shelf'. In other words he would get the real cool stuff
from the Bible and communicate it in a way that even the lowest
could reach up and take it.
- In terms of how to prepare the studies... Firstly read the
passage you are looking at. And secondly read the passage you are
looking at. I have a book at home by one of my favourite Bible
teachers (from about 90 years ago) and He says to read the passage
at least 7 times (and these are long passages!). And pray and
meditate on it during your day. I don't know how often you will be
teaching or how long you have to prepare but for me, I take a home
group once a week and speak in church only once a month. So when
I'm preparing a sermon I'll be thinking and meditating on it for a
couple of weeks before I give it. Always look for illustrations
and personal examples that general life always gives us.
- Get good Bible software. I use e-Sword with quite a few
add-ons. Always helps to look passages up and be able to
cross-reference, read commentaries etc.
- When you are giving the study, get people involved! Ask
questions, encourage discussion and comments. Don't make it a
Others have written far more on
actually preparing the study:
All the best.