So you’d like to teach the Bible? How do you get started? How do you decide if Bible teaching is your calling? Here’s my advice for aspiring teachers.
First and foremost you need to learn to study the Bible well. Start with Bible Study 101. Then progress to the topics below.
Learn to teach the Bible
Becoming a Bible Teacher So you’d like to teach the Bible? How do you get started? How do you decide if Bible teaching is your calling? Here’s my advice for aspiring teachers.
How to format notes Ultimately, how you handle your speaking notes will depend on personal preference. As you experiment, here are some ideas that may help you find your style and prepare like a pro.
4 People you need to improve your teaching One speaker claimed everyone needs 3 people to become a better writer. His list applies to Bible teachers — with one addition.
James’ Warning to Teachers Since Bible teachers presume to explain the word of God to others, James warns them to seriously consider the responsibility before seeking the job.
“Has God said?” The role of personal revelation in Bible teaching You’ve probably heard a teacher, pastor or preacher say something to the effect “and then God told me.” What’s up with that? What role does personal experience and/or personal revelation play in Bible study? For me, the bottom line is: Scripture takes precedence over emotions and experience; and teachers ought to strive for accuracy and precision in their language. Here are the guidelines I use when teaching.
Plagiarism and Bible Study How much “borrowing” is too much? How do we know when we are “accurately handling the word of truth” and when we’ve crossed a copyright line?
False Teachers A vital part of your Bible study arsenal is learning to recognize false teachers. Here are three interesting lists — both modern and classic — on how to discern a true teacher from a false teacher. Notice the similarities.
5 Questions to Identify a cult How do you recognize a group which claims to represent genuine, apostolic Christianity but in reality does not? Here are 5 questions that separate “the sheep” from “the wolves.”
- Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive by Dr. Howard Hendricks
- Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, by Bryan Chapell
- Preaching Christ in All Scripture, by Edmund P Clowney
- Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, multiple authors
- It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It, by Joan Detz (secular)
- How to Talk so People Will Listen, by Stephen D Brown
- The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narratives, by Dale Ralph Davis
- How to Give a Pretty Good Presentation: A speaking Survival Guide for the Rest of Us by TJ Walker
- Foundations: An Overview of Systematic Theology (DVD series) by RC Sproul
- Communicating for Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley
- Creative Bible Teaching by Lawrence O. Richards & Gary J. Bredfeldt