“How to prepare yourself to speak.”

Tuesday Teaching Tip 213

Class 10 of the series: ““They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might” (Psalm 145:11)

Class 10 of the series: ““They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might” (Psalm 145:11)

Introduction

– You have chosen your text
– You have explored it
– You have mined other resources
– You have found the point
– You have chosen a structure
– You have planned how to start your lesson
– You have planned how to end your lesson
– You have added your illustrations
– You have planned your congregational involvement
– Now it’s time to prepare yourself
– Today: How to prepare yourself

1. You are enough

– Don’t become somebody different
– Strength in weakness
– Fear and insecurity are no barriers to God’s effectiveness through you

2. Live it to give it

– Apply text to yourself – **James 3.1**
– Preparation in advance critical to this

3. Prayer

– For courage: When Hugh Latimer was preaching one day in the presence of King Henry VIII, he reports that he said to himself, “Latimer! Latimer! Remember that the king is here; be careful what you say.” Then he said to himself, “Latimer! Latimer! Remember that the King of kings is here; be careful what you do not say.” For such unflinching faithfulness Latimer was eventually burned at the stake. But He feared failing God more than he feared offending men.
– For wisdom: What to cut out; attentiveness to the Spirit
– For peace: God’s Word is more powerful than your mistakes
– At start of message? 

4.Routine

– Some people find routines helpful
– My Sunday morning routine:
    – Bruckner Symphony No. 7
    – Read text
    – Review sermon
    – Make notes on things to be adjusted
    – Check slides et cetera
    – Go out to pray
    – Return, edit and leave it alone
    – Gap between final edit and preaching helpful

5. Random practicals

– Bible, notes ready?
– Energy?
    – Too little: Run up some stairs….
    – Too much: Breathe
– Voice: room temperature water
– Nervous: Good! Pray they will help you fly.
    – Tuesday Teaching Tips: “[Nervous? Good!]”
    – Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 127: [“How to make nerves your friend”] Part 1
    – Tuesday Teaching Tips 146, [“What to do when your nerves get the upper hand”]

Closing

– Question: “How do you know you are prepared?”

– Next time: Summary class
– Need questions for the concluding summary class

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

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

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