Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 205

Class 2: How to explore the passage for yourself


  • You have chosen your text
  • Where do you start?
  • Soak yourself in the text
  • Before reading commentaries and other resources
  1. Print it out
  2. Mark it up
  3. Pray it through
    1. What is emerging?
    2. Use voice memo app or drafts if out
    3. “Next sermon” folder in Evernote
  • Conclusion
  1. Print it out
  2. Mark it up
  3. Pray it through

Question: What tools do you have to help you explore the passage?

  • Next time: How to use other resources

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4 NIV11)

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PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John