Teaching Tip 348 | “Plain Speaking – Preparing seven days a week” | Malcolm Cox

Here is your 2-minute tip based on chapter 2 of the book, “Plain speaking: How to preach and teach effectively” by David Bercot.

  • It has been said that before the speaker prepares their lesson, God prepares the speaker. How does this happen?
  • One way is in noticing what God is up to. What is he doing around you and in you? He is at work seven days a week. When we talk about ‘preparing seven days a week’ we’re not referring to working on our lesson outline and content, but to becoming more aware of God acting in our world. How do we do this?
  1. Pray to be aware — I record voice memos on my watch
  2. Make notes on what you see, read and hear — books, podcasts, YouTube, conversations. I snap photographs on my phone and look back through them. Obsidian is where I keep notes and ideas.
  3. Collect objects — I have a file

What is the best way for you to notice and record God ‘speaking’ to you?

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