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Making your Teaching Memorable
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For years, I’ve made a study of some of the most effective ways to teach the Bible and a biblical worldview.  I’m still a student myself but I’ve come to this conclusion: My job isn’t really to teach.  It’s to help others understand.  So these “teaching tips” are really practical ideas for making what you teach, understood and memorable.

To begin with, I have these criteria for my teaching:

•  Be true to the Bible
Teach the Bible.  Don’t try to make it say something it doesn’t clearly teach, or soften it’s teaching when God seems hard or uncompromising.  Let the Bible speak for itself.

•  Be intellectually honest
Be honest about when the Bible or God “appears” to make no sense to you.  Don’t try to put the best spin on hard truths and admit it when you don’t know the answer to every Bible question.

•  Be gracious
Admit that there are Christians who love God deeply and have a high view of scripture who disagree with you.  But, be kind in your critique of them and their ideas.  Also, be gracious with non-Christians.  They simply don’t know better.

1.  Give those you teach a simple, memorable framework for remembering the most important ideas.
Remember the three-point sermon?  Do the same with your teaching.  Recently, I taught on “Why bad things happen to good people” I gave the group, in writing, the five reasons I’ve found, then challenged the group to think of a sixth.  When they couldn’t, we went back over all five in detail with illustrations for each.  My list and the illustrations became a visual template for remembering and framing the discussion.

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