Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just can't seem to find a Bible Lesson that suits the subject on which you feel the Holy Spirit leading? Suppose you searched all of the usual places on the internet you can find, and you've flipped through your personal files of past lessons and nothing fits what your looking for. Of course, we'd like to think you could find that lesson here at BibleDrills.com, but that's probably not always going to be the case. So, what do you do about it? Here's how I take care of that problem using tools that are available on and off the internet.
- Pray for inspiration and guidance. Ask God to send the Holy Spirit to lead you with what He wants you to teach.
- Grab a Study Bible. If the Bible has a Concordance, skim through the listing to see if something that seems to relate to what you're wanting to teach.
- Visit the scriptures that come to mind and check for any cross references that may be listed with the text.
- Create an outline. Think about how you would introduce your lesson. Write down your lesson objective as concisely as possible. Write down points you wish to make during your lesson.
- Take a look at your outline and see if any keywords / ideas stand out in the message you want to deliver. Use those keywords to search through your Concordance. Use the keywords to search topics on Bible sites on the internet.
- Collect Bible verses as you go. Make sure you consider the context of the scripture as you work through your topic. Do the verses really say what they need to say about your message?
- Sometimes the scriptures and your thoughts don't come together all at once. Allow time to reflect upon the information you study and make notes of those thoughts and ideas.
- Once you've collected everything pull it all together by writing it down. Review your outline. Begin with an introductory activity or discussion that makes the topic relevant to your students now. Read the scriptures that go with your topic. Start writing the questions that ask about what the scripture seems to be saying. Use these questions to guide your discussion. Close your lesson with a challenge to apply the scriptures to the lives of the students.
Writing a good lesson is a challenge and something that should not be taken lightly. Sometimes it will be easy; sometimes it won't. What God wants you to say is important, so prayerfully deliver your lesson. Remember the work you do and the words you say can have eternal ramifications.