Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Have an honest discussion about this issue in your class, and ask members to help add to the suggestions above. Understanding “why” might lead particular individuals to come to grips with personal sin. Perhaps you should lead the class in praying thru 1 John 1:9.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Call this phrase to the attention of class members and then ask, “What does it mean that adult Christians are to ‘do so even more’?” Pause and allow members to answer.
The pause may seem a bit awkward, but asking a question like this forces class members to think beyond simple factual recall. Afterward you can bring out an illustration by reading Philippians 3:12-16. Forgetting facilitates growth. How so?
If you have time, the LifeWay ETB Adult Leader Guide asks the discussion question: “Do Christians have the right to live as we want, since we cannot lose our salvation? Why?” (p. 62). What Bible verses would you cite to support your thinking?
We can discuss answers to these questions here if you post a comment.
Monday, December 29, 2008
To get members thinking about how they approach establishing a life goal, consider introducing the lesson with brief statements illustrating various philosophies of life. Identify the author’s implied goal in life based on their philosophical quote. Goals may include “just trying to live,” “live it up,” or “seeking what’s in it for me”.
What is your philosophy of life? What goal does it translate to?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Holding a discussion on busyness is one way to introduce the lesson. Certainly all of us have used the “too busy” excuse to care for others at one time or another.
Perhaps a way to start the lesson is to talk about our “list of things to get done.” What fails to make your list?
Saturday, December 20, 2008
What are your picks for the top 10 Christmas specials that have been broadcast on TV? You could show the list to your class to see if anyone remembers what made them special?
The lesson covers Mary's Song, so you might want to discuss the top 10 Christmas songs (one of many such lists) instead.
If you have a last minute question about the lesson, post a comment. I'll reply, and perhaps others, too!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
As an aid toward one of these ends consider building your lesson “For Christmas“ around a video. As an example, I like the Jesus and Santa video. It should help make the message of your lesson clear. The video, What is the Christmas Story should help make the message clear, relevant and interesting. A Christmas Response is based on Luke 1:31, and fits the LifeWay lesson plan, but it could help your lesson be more relevant and interesting.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
A few last minute links for help in teaching 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16:
* Jeff Meyers lesson plan: “When Others Helped You”
* Houston’s Second Baptist lesson plan: “Pattern for Persuasion,” by Wallace Henley
* Riverland Hills Baptist Church lesson plan: “WHEN OTHERS HELPED YOU,” by Brian L. Harbour (see p. 2)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Scan 2 Corinthians 10-13, paying attention to the context of 10:7, 10:12, 11:5-6, 12:1, 12:11, 13:3, and 13:5. Notice that Paul is defending himself to the Corinthians. Had he “sold them a bill of goods?” Had he misrepresented himself?
Resume lying is a common practice today. According this article, it’s as high as 50%. To help learners understand the context of 1 Thessalonians, bring up the topic of misrepresenting oneself, and the negative results of lying on a resume.
Monday, December 08, 2008
To get started, briefly outline teacher qualifications and show a list of names of Best Bible Teachers in America (or make up your own list). Ask your class members to select their favorite. This is an alternative to asking members to recall their favorite teacher in school.
Note: over a 100 people downloaded the slides from yesterday’s lesson!
Friday, December 05, 2008
1. I added the Google Followers gadet to this blog (see right side of page). Please sign up as a Follower. I promise, you will not be spammed! :-)
2. I posted my PowerPoint slides for the lesson, "When You Started Out." The slide notes contain a link to Jeff Meyer's lesson, which I referenced.
May God bless your lesson this week!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
If you have time, pass out a few thank you cards to members who volunteer to write a note to the former class members.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Dan Wallace says it’s analogous to that of inspiration (see 11). Please also read David Self’s comments (section “Genuine faith”).
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Ask members to say what they think the player on the left is saying to encourage the player on the right (presumably a pitcher). Listen for use of the word “remember”, and if no one uses it, then offer your own version by saying something like, “Hey! Remember when you struck out this same guy in the title game last year? You can do it again! Throw some heat up there. I know you can do it!”. Stirring the memory of their salvation is what Paul did to encourage the Thessalonians.
Monday, December 01, 2008
This lesson will be taught on Dec 7th, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which was a world changing event. Because of “Who you are in Christ,” are you “turning the world upside down?”