Earlier this week I was able to watch a video which talked about sermon/lesson prep. I wanted to take a few moments today in order to share some of the insight with you. Undoubtably tomorrow is a big day for those of us who are preachers and teachers during our collective time together as believers. I would ask that each who serve with me at North Aiken Church of God take a few moments today in preparation for your responsibilities tomorrow. There is a video, which a link to is posted below under resources, its about 12 minutes and gives a wealth of insight for teachers and preachers. You can read over my notes then take the time to watch Dr. Mack King Carter teach on this for yourself.
Advice for Study and Sermon Prep | Dr. Mack King Carter
Disclaimer, the notes listed below through conclusion up to personal notes from me are taken directly from the video resource listed at the end of this post. Those things listed in [brackets] were added by me.
Preparation for Preaching [teaching]…
1) You must have a personal relationship with a personal God
2) You must have a Godly life
You can’t out preach [teach] your life. You have to live the life, that is the source of your life. Don’t let The Lord down in your behavior. Keep your life up you can’t preach [teach] over sin.
3) You must Read Widely
Don’t come before folks empty. If your going to talk to people you must read. Read the Bible voraciously…Eat it up. In this Dr. Carter gave the following illustration.
Sermons/lessons don’t come from the sky to your head. They are straight from God but they come by way of a detour…through your buttox as you apply your buttox to a chair. Then it works its way up.
4) You Must Have Personalization
Personalize the text, allow the text to speak to you first. You do your best preaching/teaching when the text speaks to you.
In conclusion, every time you come to church you ought to leave messed up because you came with a ready mind. You came prepared because you were sitting before God. Every sermon/lesson needs to give you homework. Every sermon or lesson ought to give an assignment.
My personal notes to you. We don’t do what we do (teach/preach) because we can’t find anyone else to do it. Whether you are a children’s, youth, or sanctuary teacher/preacher you have been given a divine mandate by God to teach his word with clarity and conviction. Do you need to get your personal life in order, have you become familiar with what you are bringing to your people or class tomorrow, is it personal to you? If not, find sometime to get alone today and answer those three questions and come out ready to invest in those you’ve been entrusted to speak the words of life to. Don’t forget to give an assignment for those you teach to live out in the coming week.
Watch the 12 minute video of Dr. Mack King Carter’s Advice for Study and Sermon Prep by clicking here.