Lessons that T.E.A.C.H.

by Kurt Johnston

Over the years, I've taught a lot of lessons. On occasion, my lessons miss the mark. While there's certainly no magic formula for teaching success, here's a filter that has helped me: I evaluate each lesson by looking at what I've prepared and asking myself, Does this lesson T.E.A.C.H.?

  • Is it True? Is it biblically sound? Are verses used in context? Is the whole of Scripture considered? When putting a lesson together, it's easy to take verses out of context to prove a point.
  • Is it Encouraging? Does this lesson motivate members toward some action or commitment? If I'm teaching a hard truth, am I doing so in an encouraging way? After all, it's the good news!
  • Is it Applicable? Does this study or lesson apply to the world of the member? Have I made the effort to make a biblical truth actually true to them? Does this lesson equip them to live out their faith beyond the walls of the church?
  • Is it Clear? Is this lesson easily understood? Is it logical? Does it have a flow?
  • Is it Humorous? Many people expect Bible studies to be boring. Surprise them by adding a few humorous stories and some lively interaction. When members are smiling and laughing with each other during your lesson, they're also learning more.
-Discipleship Journal, September/October 2008 Issue 167, pg. 78