examine the passage
read around the passage
make a quick outline
Education has been experiencing a revolution of learning in the last few years. Classrooms have switched from a teacher-centered approach to a student-centered approach.
In the old days, the teacher simply lectured to the class and the students sat passively by hoping to absorb everything like sponges. In today’s classrooms teachers are expected to engage students with activities that force the students to think through logic of the lesson and it’s applications and implications.
Of course, this is stuff that good teachers have always done – the Lord Jesus’ ministry being the prime example. He not only taught, He discussed the implications of his message with his listeners, gave object lessons and analogies that applied to everyday life.
If you are a believer, you probably hear good Bible teaching on a regular basis. But, most likely you forget a lot of what you hear. Why is that? Chances are you are not engaging with the text or idea that is being taught.
One of the best ways to engage in learning a lesson is to prepare for learning. Educators call this pre-teaching. It’s the simple idea of over-viewing what you are about to learn. With Bible teaching, you do this by examining the passage first; before the teaching session (assuming you know which passage will be taught). Then, read around the passage to see where it fits in the book. Then make a quick outline of the passage.
With the second Parenthesis conference, What think ye of Christ, only a few months away, it’s important that we take steps to prepare. The committee planning the event and the Camp Hope staff are hard at work making sure everything is planned well.
The speakers are preparing their messages and David Nicholson is already working on the learning programs for the breakdown sessions, in which each person will take part in “breaking down” a passage of scripture, using best practices used by the best Bible teachers.
The success of the event will depend on how much you benefit. And that will depend on how well you are prepared to hear and engage with the theme—the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you want to get the most out of the conference:
- Register early, so you can be sure to get all of the pre-conference reading assignments.
- When you receive an assignment, dive into it as if you were going to be asked to teach it (you won’t, but it’s good motivation to really break it down
- Have thoughts, questions, insights, and a good idea of what you think the passage means, in the overall context of the Bible.
If you want to receive the assignments and notices as they come out, but you’re not quite ready to register, the next best thing is to JOIN. This will put you on the list to receive info as it comes off the presses (so to speak…there really aren’t presses…this is mostly digital…don‘t be so literal).