Life is busy. An understatement. All of us who preach and teach know it is a privilege. We want to do our best for God. And we want to serve those to whom we are called to speak. Our audience have invested a great deal of collective time travelling to hear us.
It can be overwhelming. Especially to us recovering perfectionists!
I have solutions on this page. Ideas, tips, resources and templates to make your lesson preparation smoother and your lesson delivery more effective. Some of these ideas are my own, some borrowed and others adapted.
Commentaries and Questions
Douglas Jacoby’s site contains an enormous amount of useful information, especially about tricky issues and passages in the Bible.
“Hard sayings of the Bible” is a helpful book when you are stumped by a difficult section of scripture.
Never copy an outline from another preacher. However, taking inspiration from someone who is a good exegete is valid and valuable when time is short. Mark Copeland is one such person.
You might find my own Tuesday Teaching Tips helpful. Over 200 episodes and counting……
Templates are tools and not things to restrict or dictate. However, I attach some I have developed. You may find them useful depending on what kind of sermon you are preparing. They are all Word docs. Click the links to download the files. If you would prefer to have them in pdf or pages format let me know and I will add them.
- Useful when you want to remember to include illustrations, personal sharing and applications.
- Especially helpful for short lessons. With acknowledgement to Michael Hyatt and his blog template suggestions.
- Focussed on the verse-by-verse style of preaching
- The template you need before crafting the sermon structure.
- Good discipline for when you want to focus on understanding what a passage meant at the time and means today.
- Use this when you are planning a class session, not just a lesson.
Outline Preparation Resources
I started using OmniOutliner for lesson preparation recently. I find it helpful for disciplined structuring of a lesson, and making sure the arguments flow.
For those who like mind mapping, the app MindNode is easy to use and has a clean design.
Visuals for powerpoint, keynote or handouts are very helpful for the visual learners amongst us.
For generic images, I use “stencil“.
What do you need? Is there anything to add to this resources page?
Please let me know what you use.
God bless, and happy preaching!