Inadequate View of Oneself, Inadequate Lesson Preparation

In a previous post, we looked at how teachers’ adherence to three basic tenets about the Bible will tend to make a difference in how adequately they prepare Bible lessons. Unfortunately, I know of teachers who would claim to truly believe God’s Word is inspired, authoritative, and life-changing but still inadequately prepare their lessons. Either their view of the Bible is more cognitive than heart-felt or they struggle with lordship issues.

In essence, they are saying:

1) I am the exception.

“It just isn’t who I am. It doesn’t fit my personality.”

2) I am exempt.

“It just isn’t realistic for me. It doesn’t fit my schedule.”

If the one True, Almighty God is the source, standard, and power behind the Bible, then the only thing to do is line up with His Word in the way we prepare to teach His Word. Who are we to claim to be the exception or to be exempt from what God has instructed when He said, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15)?

Yet, it is so easy for teachers to let their own personalities or schedules get in the way of lesson preparation. The seven page Line Up Your Bible Lesson Preparation with the Word of God Worksheet by Ministry Tools Resource Center helps teachers take a realistic look at themselves and think through how they can overcome these tendencies so God is the Lord of their lesson preparation, not themselves.

2 thoughts on “Inadequate View of Oneself, Inadequate Lesson Preparation

  1. Our schedules and personalities are shaped around the vision of his call on our lives, don’t you think. There is space for lots of different styles of teaching but no room for inadequate planning. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, Susan, I do believe that as we walk in the Spirit, our schedules and personalities will be shaped around the vision of God’s call on our lives. All of who we are should be yielded to Him. As He works through our lives, our different styles will be evidenced in both the way we teach and prepare lessons. What this article addresses is when we use our personalities and schedules as excuses for not being that “workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). When our personalities and schedules are yielded, we will correctly handle the Word.

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