There is one thing you need to do to move from a good to a great bible teacher! It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and diligence to achieve this.
To become a great bible teacher, you need to:
Have a notebook. Keep a notebook. Revisit your notebooks
As simple as this may sound, little things make a huge difference.
Throughout Scriptures, documentation marked the power of great prophets, leaders and Bible teachers. It started with the author of the first five books of the Bible, Moses.
God knew the importance of documentation that is why He ordered Moses to jot down everything that happened from the beginning of creation.
The disciples of Jesus wrote the Gospels to depict His earthly ministry. If they did not document this information jealously, we wouldn’t have gained wisdom from the teachings of Jesus.
This shows how documentation is the passport to greatness.
In this blog-post, I am going to share with you why having, keeping and revisiting your notebooks makes you a great bible teacher.
Have a notebook
To begin with, a bible teacher without a notebook needs to reconsider his or her divine calling.
A notebook is a path to the spiritual growth of a bible teacher. With a notebook, you quickly and effectively grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
And when I talk of a notebook, I am not referring solely to a physical notebook. If you are computer friendly and can type pretty fast, your notebook could be a collection of Microsoft Word files stored in your computer hard drive.
A look into my soft-copy lesson notes.
However, I strongly recommend handwritten notes because writing by hand strengthens the learning process.
Tones of scientific research shows that there is a strong connection between your brain and your handwriting. If you want to train your brain to remember more, document information in your own words or handwriting.
If you have neither a physical notebook nor a soft-copy folder, consider getting one immediately.
Keep the notebook
Having a notebook is a good thing but keeping it jealously is a better option.
It makes no sense using a notebook for a period of time just to dump it later in a trash can.
Your documented Bible lessons could serve for evangelistic purposes.
If for instance, you find yourself in a mission area where there is no bible teacher or church helper, you could use your lesson notes to teach Gods’ Word to the believers in that community.
More so, you could use your Bible lessons for daily devotions at home, or share with friends and family members on social media platforms as a form of to edification, rebuke or encouragement.
In keeping a notebook, consider safety a priority.
Find a secured place in your house or book shelf and keep them there.
Also, make sure they are out of reach from children. Label so you could revisit them at anytime.
However, when it comes to keeping a notebook, I strongly recommend soft-copy documentation because you can store them online on Google Drive or other online storage applications.
This makes it possible for you to have access to your documents anywhere and anytime.
A look into my Google drive folders
Revisit the notebook
The reason you should have and keep your notebooks is so that you can revisit them later to gain wisdom and understanding from previously taught lessons.
Like I said before, the path to spiritual growth of a Bible teacher depends on accumulated knowledge from past lessons and experiences.
When you teach something many times, you gain wisdom and understanding from it. More so, it saves time from cumbersome lesson preparations and delivery.
Nowadays, many bible teachers fail to recognize the power of documentation. They assume that good teaching makes a great Bible teacher.
If that was the case, Jesus wouldn’t have been great teacher. He would have been a good teacher to the people of His time but less of a teacher to us today.
Greatness comes from leaving a legacy, and documentation is the ultimate way to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Long while you’ll be gone, your children, great grandchildren or other people will use your Bible lessons to teach other people.
This is what greatness is all about.
Do not limit yourself to being a good Bible teacher. Strive to be great because your master Jesus Christ called you to greatness.
Consider note-taking and documentation seriously. It is a simple leadership tool that is most neglected by many Bible teachers.
Want to move from a good to a great bible teacher?
Now It’s Your Turn
What are some other benefits of having, keeping and revisiting your notebook you practice that I haven’t mentioned here?
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