Posted: 1/8/19 at 3:20pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
So how do we prepare to teach each week? Here are some thoughts:
God gives us enough grace for one day at a time. To avoid fatigue, burnout, weariness, and fainting in our minds, we must live one day at a time. How can we do that? Matthew 6:33. Seek first the Kingdom of God! Seek means pursue, crave, and go after it with all your might! We must form a habit of seeking God’s face—not a handout; seek for God’s presence—not God’s presents!
- Spend time with God daily. The class can only grow spiritually as much as the teacher does. You need to seek, pursue, crave, and go after your relationship with God daily.
- Pray for your class daily. Often teachers only think about their class members on Sundays. Begin praying for them daily. Understand their needs and how to communicate God’s word to them on Sunday.
- Follow up on the lesson. Many class members arrive late and leave early for choir or to pick up children. How are you helping them towards life application of scripture throughout the week? Are you able to send more info during the week? I used Facebook to start a discussion in my last church. When people responded, their friends saw it as well. If not Facebook, try texts, emails, and other ways to help them seek God during the week, and see how Scripture applies in their lives.
- Prepare for the next week. How are you preparing the class to seek God’s face for the next week’s lesson? I usually start on Wednesday sending out some ideas to tease them into looking at the lesson. For youth, I have even texted them a question and suggested the first one to answer would receive a prize (usually candy). I will do what is needed to get people to read God’s Word!
First and foremost, you must prepare yourself spiritually each day as you seek God’s face!