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How to Prepare a Quality Lesson Study

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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Training video outlining how to prepare to teach—or even just participate in—a weekly Sabbath School lesson study.

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  • June 29, 2020
    8:00 AM
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Welcome to a well a different program this is not a full satisfied program in fact this isn't even the replacement for that this is actually a training session we're going to do about how to teach an effective and I study for and if it's what we said we were going to do yes we're keeping talking about finishing up we've just finished up quarter number 2 and just as a supporter lesson and in our transition to our new format we said we would do some training on how to teach the less right maybe we should talk for a minute about that new format what were we have been doing and what we're aiming to transition to 1st of all we have been as Hopefully you're well aware by now providing a full content Sabbath school program with the mission program the interviews the videos that go with that and then the full lesson study with every aspect of it takes a full hour plus 2 just like you would in a regular Sabbath. Our churches are now opening up I anticipate as this is going to be airing the 1st week of July that by now most if not all of our churches in Michigan are in some state well reopening when you say airing the reality is that we are providing these videos as a resource and the churches may use them who knows when I think good point well and let's talk about that so what we have been doing is that is that Sabbath school program when local churches weren't having their own Sabbath school program so if you're at home or if you're in some small group that couldn't fellowship with a broader whatever you could have a Sabbath school option but we in the Sabbath school person ministers department don't want to take that well intended program and actually turn it into a detriment to the local sap school program so what we don't want to do is supplant or take the place of the locals abs I'm not going to stay home and watch it right that is the last thing we want to see happen and so what will but at the same time we don't want to completely disappear off the scene if we have a responsibility to help satisfy rules be in rich and developed so what we're going to do is transition to producing by God's grace a weekly much shorter or less fully produced video that will go over some of the main highlighted features and themes and topics in the lesson that week target time is about 25 minutes we haven't determined yet if it's going to be hard every week or we're going to have in that neighborhood but yeah yeah and the goal being and also I want to release it earlier in the week so it's not tempted to be like Opus Friday night we're going to watch this force that was cool you're going to notice we're not going to be a full suit we're going to be. Kind of less formal in our conversation and it's kind of a working group working through this quarter's going to be making friends for God less and studies and each week we're going to break down the lesson is to some of the high points that we see that would be good for teachers to be aware of and also for class members to be aware of so that all of our Sabbath school is and every local church can. A rich and full Bible study series every Sabbath That's right and we're still going to be making outlines for the lessons like we did during the time we were doing the program not that anybody has to use the lesson lesson outline or go verbatim through it but as we go through today's. Study and how to prepare the study right you'll understand how we put the lines together and you may use them to make your own outlines or however you like to use a mistress going to be a teaching to write in so what we're doing today is not one of the new videos in the sense that this is not a weekly we're going to go over next week's lesson what we're doing today is talking about what we're going to be doing in the future and how Sabbath school teachers and so I was school members can better prepare for a lesson studies on the Sabbath day so that when they get to the local church Sabbath school program not starting from scratch or just opinion fest there can be quality conversations and edification across the board that's right one other thing that we might know that's pretty obvious at this point is you know something generally you gain interest in a video by different camera angles and you also gain a lot of work in production for you do we've only got one camera angle so we're going to have to I guess be really interesting in the time that we have a hand gesture. You know but I don't know about that but in all seriousness what we want to do is have and we don't want to be like we got to hold their interest for an hour it's not going to be that we want or more sustained what pitch is what we're aiming for right and so there's a lot that we won't be able to cover that hopefully your local sawzall class can pull out and really have a full conversation so for this particular one we're going to walk through how a quarterly is made how weekly lesson is taught and how to prepare for want to fact if we are just steps in steps in how to teach well you know we talked about this as we've gone around to a lot of different churches not just here in Michigan as we've spoken to churches. It's evident I don't say that critically but it's evident that a lot of sadness while I know this is as a pastor even then a lot of people are thrown into a position of teaching Sabbath school without ever getting much training and I have and want to have a school teacher say Man I wish somebody would help me with this and that and so they do the best that they can and generally people do a decent job but there are things in any. Kind of teacher any kind of task that you're doing that if you knew some simple tools that would help you in your proficiency and especially when it comes to Sabbath school we want there are certain things that we're going to talk about that work against you as a teacher if you just come into it you're generally thinking well let's see I've got to go over the quarterly you're going to follow oftentimes the the out bad habits of the earth and it went before you because that's the only way you know how to do it and so we just want to provide some ways that you can make the sense we haven't thought about that like you know if we're not consciously teaching people and making inroads up or done just right but there is teaching going on I had to learn how savage who works just from kind of either being in it well watching other people eat it and we've shot of morphed into Sabbath school being what it is and it's amazing I'm just going to add living here Mark but as we go around to different churches in this conference and probably elsewhere in the world that Sabbath school is. Oftentimes very very similar Yes but some of those same things that people might see as a complaint or a drawback is that was cool or repeated in other places like like I just did make it out of there are good habits and good right they've come here bad and generation after generation people moved and taken to other churches and so it just kind of like spreads across the paradigm of Adventism is I'm going to bed it is dark about how we ran board meetings every Because we've talked about certain things you come to the church man you know how board meeting is run I never say Oh of course run that way and I was running board meeting the way I saw my pastor run it and write about it in the past to how that things went when I be in pastoral ministry So yes we want to provide. Some some tips and tools that will help. You to have a more engaging and. Beneficial class that blesses the. Students that you teach you know should we start with a word of prayer Yes we are at this break and we Father thank you so much for this opportunity please bless our time now together as we look at not just a particular lesson but how lessons are produced and how we can to reproduce the same quality. Programming in every local church whether it's a small group of a handful of people or a large group of multiple classes Lord help the tips that we're going to talk about today to be from you and a blessing to your field for prayed in Jesus' name amen amen they talk about how the lesson is is put together the courtly how the quarterly is made and that may seem like an odd thing but it helps us to understand the role and the function that was intended by the quarterly and. It may not be as helpful for everybody but it sure was helpful for me when I understood how the quarterly was put together for example if you open I'm going to try to get to the very 1st page of this quarterly it's literally Hage one and while we're looking at this Mark and I have adult Sabbath school teacher guides right so we have the adult teachers so. Absolutely so it's the same content as the student guide but it has a big elements for teachers to be helpful and you every member of the class is allowed to have a teacher's guide they're not some secret agent or it's pays the cost a little bit more but you get some of the added bonus material for they already have teaching aids in there and I personally don't use a teacher guides to be honest with you so you don't have to I'm just saying that you don't have to have a teacher's guide to be a teacher to put together a lesson the reason that we order the teacher's guide at least I ordered him here in our department is because the paper had a more of a lay open. And the non-teacher Quarterly's were kind of stiff and so that's why I ordered well. Here's where we diverge I actually like the teacher's quarterly a because it does loop a nicer in its gums was got bigger pages and so there's more room to write also those added elements there's some great content yes there's a lot of illustrations and things that if I were to be a teacher and or I just wanted to have a broader learning experience even as a member I there's just more content in here and so if they're going to offer it want to take it so I like that too there you go so it's Ok you can you can agree with me or you can be wrong with whatever you prefer So when you look for example right inside the front cover on the 1st page here it says it lists the principal contributor the editor associate editor cetera et cetera now the principal contributor for this lesson is Elder Mark Finlay But what you're going to find in our last quarterly there were 2 principal contributors and so what you'll find is that the lesson the General Conference contracted with somebody to write out a corps worth of lessons and then those lessons are submitted to the editorial staff and they have to go through the lesson and make sure everything is kosher what have you and the reality is and I I mean I personally hate to say it but I think it bears saying that I I. You know that there are times when the editorial staff has had to edit Not as far as I know the other families a lesson or any you know it but has had to edit lessons because some of the views that were put forth were not and right down the line with what views in the end it created a little bit of conflict behind the scenes but the reason I'm saying that is that it's important to understand that there are lessons I go through. Even after the editorial staff and I just may not take have the same take on it I have to be careful with this because this isn't a. School lesson is not a free for all one of the most powerful things about the lesson is that worldwide yes is a continuity of belief you go to you go to set an abacus tourch anywhere on the Sabbath and who knows what sermon you're hearing but when you go to Sabbath school you're all studying the same quarterly and it's in it gives us that unification right so it's a big responsibility and I do appreciate very much the work of the Sabbath school department the General Conference that gives us the quarterly. Now having said that that doesn't mean that everything in the Quarterly is something that either I agree with or that I want to teach the way they're teaching it more often the 2nd than the 1st Usually it's not something I think is error right but I wouldn't the size that point it may have to do with the fact that I'm teaching in a church where they have different needs than the general well and the same thing is true like if you'll notice in that 1st page there's no the word authors not there right there is no author there's a principle contributor answer is an editor and a team of Editor and so for instance even the topics that are it's not like they plan these things if I'm not mistaken 5 years in advance and they assign people or they recruit people to be authors or contributors I should say and then they'll work on the script and they'll turn it back and there's a lot of back and forth and it goes through subcommittees it has to be checked by the Biblical research institute all these are for thing and so there's all the good things that you've highlighted about it keeps us theologically straight it keeps as unified across a broad spectrum that's very good now one of the drawbacks logistically however is you've heard the joke you know what is a camel a camel is a horse to land by committee and sometimes when you start reading through it you can lose that singular line of reasoning or that one voice that goes through and so you might have some weeks where and we're going to do this image to where this Sunday doesn't as a lead to Monday lead to it's not like one arc of thought because they've had to edit and do different things and repackaged. For the 7 a weekly cycle so when we put in a few minutes we're going to talk about how it relates to less editing may not necessarily be in the linear Sabbath Sunday Monday Tuesday you know and likely it wasn't that way with the principal contributor right but he had to fit the reason for the Sabbath afternoon Sunday Monday Tuesday format is for personal devotional study right they want you to be studying a little bit every day so they break it down and divide it and so now the contributor has to think how am I going to take this thought and sometimes he's got a spill it over to several days now the reason that we're bringing that up is a lot of teachers teach let's look at Sunday let's look at Monday let's look at Tuesday and that really isn't the way that the lesson was originally written but it was arranged that way for the class members to study during the week not for the teacher to teach but well and we saw that in our last quarter's lessons for instance you had if I'm not getting the title correct but it was about creation or the genesis of it took 2 weeks doing just that part one in part because there's like no way I could put this in 7 little slivers where you might have one text in the thought you know so this they just said we'll just make it 2 weeks apart Part one Part 2 and a looking back on it the one about the Bible as prophecy Yeah I wish they could have your Dave constable 20 $300.00 days for I mean it's like they put everything in the and so. You know some things get squeezed some things that get expanded and knocked the that's right or wrong but the teacher might say hey this is a really good point let's draw this out a bit more than some other thing rather sample because the contributors have are in a search and working in circles where creation has come under attack in our church so as a teacher your teachers addressing people on the issues he knows or are out there we've encountered a lot of kickback on our prophetic positions so we would have said all of what we want to have more but that's the point is that the teachers role is not just to repeat information but to take that role and use it to convey what the Holy Spirit impresses that the class needs to hear sure absolutely So when we go through like it might be disturbing I don't know disturbing is the right word but it might be frustrating or unsettling for some people is like so you're going to jump straight into wins that is less than we have even covered to have that was sort of like well yes but that doesn't mean we're skipping the we might come back to it or might fold it into a different perspective but we're going to wrap it in our own and it's have a school teachers need to do this you need to you need to embody the lesson so you can speak to it not just like I remember Sunday service and Monday so that and then to say you should be able to take those days of the week out of the equation and just speak intelligently and convincingly about what the message was trying to be conveyed the whole week not just on that day we're going to explain how to how do you that some how to do that so let's you know you've already touched on the fact that there is a teacher's guide available that gives a lot of help in the direction so if if you don't have a teacher's guide and you want one go to you know if you're the 7 school superintendent you just have to order it one way or the supplies or you can go to the 7 school superintendent and ask in the same way that you have a large print you have easy reader you have a standard member class member study one and then you have the teachers as it says at least 4 different versions of. The same content that if you want to bigger one you can get large print if you want to teach or one for the extra content but they've I applaud the General Conference for taking all of those different interests as a consideration so so so when it comes to so we're going to go from move from there into how to review your lesson and then prepare the lesson for teaching it and then how to actually teach All right so we'll talk about reviewing the lesson 1st of all we're just I'm going to talk about what I do claim is going to way we're going to talk about what we do that doesn't mean you have to do it just this way but it's just giving you practical ideas of how you might. Again prepare the lesson before I prepare which we're going to talk about a bit I review it I want to go over the last not want to read it I want to look up the texts I want to highlight I want to make notes and we're going to show you on the screen some samples of what we do in our quarterly I can't you're not going to see real clear here and I don't have a whole lot of notes in this one well this is a little the new quarter we have an old radio but I've highlighted and also some some just some quick shot screenshots of of last quarter's but for items you use highlighting and red pen and different things where I'm more of an underlying or and checkmarks and bright it's kind of guy but these are not sacrosanct you need to write them up right as a like you need to get some ink on this page in what I'll do is is and I want to bring this out that we talked a lot about the quarterly because it's the lesson it's the study guide. But the quarterly is the study guide for this yes the Sabbath school lesson is a lesson Oh in the scripture and a lot of times I know people who read the quarterly but don't read the Scripture and they might read the texts in the quarterly but a lot of times when I'm reading through and reviewing the lesson and I look at the text. I've got to spend a little more time reading before and after getting more content I may go to the Bible Commentary go to several commentaries to get like what is that all that single passage out when well so I understand the passage so my study is not limited to the quarterly but the 1st thing I want to do is I just want to go through the whole thing which by the way they officially do you'll not see that we're all that's right you will not find the word quarterly in the quarterly No and you go online it's not referred to as a quarterly colloquially we still call it for the quarterly but there was a cut probably what 20 years back 30 years back to Call of the adult Bible study and then old enough to remember. Whatever time. They can they can see here old enough to remember but the point was that people had referred to it as you know this is what we study It's quarterly when the thing is this is supposed to be a guide to Bible study exactly right and so they went out of their way to make sure it's called the adult Bible study guide and still everybody calls of course right so I will read through the week's lesson. To have my highlighter with me marking pens you know I'll highlight things that I may want to teach in class and there are parts parts of paragraphs and I mean the class go to a paragraph but I may have an you'll see in our notes that will say you know Sunday's lesson paragraph one but I might within that just have 2 sentences of paragraph one that and the size of the class so as I go through under a lighting those things that jump out and if I have a thought about another text that goes with it or a good example or illustration or another quote from Spirit or prophecy or something I jot that in my notes and so that's my 1st step is just going through reading it all highlighting it all before I actually prepare my last what she would like just a little thing but this coming weeks lesson on Thursday I know that. Literally the 1st half of the thing is just review what we were talked about so I didn't find any new calling to there to bring out and highlight it however if I was on a Sabbath school class they might say All right let's look at the thirds and they just start reading through yes like did you already recognize that this is just saying what we are so this is I wouldn't call it a waste of time but it's unnecessary or sure and so going through each one is saying what's the point of this day how does it connect you know the day you know well another thing to bring out on that is very important is your class has had the quarterly. You don't last thing you want to do for me the least thing gauging class is going to be one that just comes and tells me everything I read all week and the words Your job is teacher is to draw out and hit emphasize things that you as teacher have been led by the Holy Spirit to teach and teaching is a spiritual gift in the Holy Spirit will give you as a teacher insights and things to bring out right and so just to go through reiterate the lesson and I know that part of the reason we do that is we say well they didn't study the lesson but that's their bad you know create a little positive pressure you know present the class for the benefit of the people who did take the time to study that lesson and maybe the others will catch on it just like Elway has made statements about starting the class on time so teachers like all people are here yet she says if you start it later people will come later and then later and later in later later start on time people feel like hey I missed some I better get here on the later has a way of later by the way this is water just so people there are just some of the urban legends though go around I'm just thirsty and caffeinated water is the only water there is good water anyway so the 1st thing I'll do is review the lesson 3 into the scriptures highlighting it cetera et cetera then I move on to preparation and the preparation my preparation of the lesson has been what you'll see in these outlines in the 1st step in that preparation. For both of us even though there's a there's there's a little maybe a little differences is I want to step back now now that I've read the whole lesson and ask myself what are the key points where the most important parts of this lesson that I want to convey to my class as a teacher and as I already said that may vary from class to class I mean your Because the Lord through His Holy Spirit gives us things that are practical to our members in there may be things that your church is going through that the lesson speaks right to that may not be the same for a church down the road but at any rate for whatever read. You're going to go through and I would say don't gather more than 4 key points 3 or 4 I've had exceptions to that but generally 3 or 4 key points. Are it is going to be right what you can cover in a typical it might be it might be difficult to think of it that way because you're like well we've got 7 days so there's 7 point so I might taking out 3 of them or 4 of them and I would say No what I would generally $7.00 Well that's the thing too is that some days might be repetitions of other days and expand it but if you could take the day label off of it and pretend like this was one document of 7 pages long and then someone ask you to tell me what that little booklet was about could you do it in 23 or 4 points could you say kind of the gist of what they were saying was this or maybe even in one sentence you know like for instance this 1st coming weeks is about what why witnessing right and so the whole lesson is what is our motivation for sharing our faith you could do that in one sentence but I was you can break it down into different elements and we're going to get into that later but could you from your own study of it apart from the daily divisions just explain briefly what the lesson was trying to teach and as you do that at least that's how I think you can start to see well this seems to be a main point that I want to bring out because if I were to tell it to somebody in 20 seconds this is what came out of my mouth and that's got to be something that stuck in my head right so I just think of it as a document that you're finding those main points and they're there right to me well I was just as you're talking I was looking at the teachers comments which is that exact There's that is it in part one overview Ok so that's just kind of an introduction to the lesson and then part 2 commentary now this is where your main points here lesson brought out into interesting is you get partway through there it says it gives an introduction then says 1st you know we witness for this reason 2nd we were in this and there's only the 2 right and then it goes into what expanding the word. And then there's an illustration and then it gives application action 3 is life applications or there are 3 sections but in the content in the body of it there are essentially 3 main points it makes and then gives it illustration and moves into a final well enough in reality I mean you look at that part one is the overview which is important but the body part is part 2 right and there's only 2 points. Well I don't know what exactly and this I mean the way this word is kind of a 3rd point maybe a 3rd point but then application What do you do with the things they basically take off that's rules and they come right back down and so the teachers edition as Mark just highlighted already is trying to convey to teachers to view the less of this way and it'll teach better that way too that's right and if you need help with this this is what our talking points program is going to be we're basically going to be going over what we have identified as the key points in the lesson that doesn't mean I'm going to tell you right now there may be as you go through the lesson you might get different key points you might have more key points or you might have a different key point than one that we have which is fine but it will give you an idea the bottom line is this when you go through the lesson you're going to notice key points you're going to notice that there there's a lot said but there are some things there's really really no standing out and so when I prepare my lesson I step back for example the 1st lesson which we're going to be talking about and talking points but why witness that's the question why when as you know in stepping back I might come up with a reason in fact I think we did that wasn't specifically outlined in the lesson itself well guess what it became one of my key point that's right Ok And so but you could also imagine like that broad of it I mean the opening question of this whole quarter is why witness and that alone there's going to be certain saps who class are going to focus on the mission and we've got to win the world or they can look at the statistics there's this many countries and we've got a time and we're going to hasten the coming of Jesus other people will come along and say what about the love of God they're going to know those are wrong but once I was a class or because of the leadership of the teacher might go in one direction it Lisa of emphasis and the other one might go the other way but we want teachers to be able to say how do I view this lesson and how can I teach most effectively from my perspective where I'm going to show this on the screen so just for sit because for practical example and you mention hastening one reason for why. Missing is hastening the coming of Jesus Well that wasn't explicit in the lesson it was implicit but it wasn't it was implied but it wasn't spelled out so we added it but if you notice that as I step back from the lesson these are the key points I came away with with why we should witness number one to give opportunity for salvation number 2 for personal spiritual growth number 3 to make Jesus glad and number 4 because we're Christians and we're going to explain that if you want to know how it goes in our But. I didn't put the hastening the hastening the coming of Jesus came under the heading of to make Jesus glad so you may look at some you may say well this is a key point and then you may step back and say wait a minute not really it's a it's a supporting. Idea or reason for one of my key points right and so clearly the Sabbath school lesson already outlines the we're going to make an island but you might come up with your own talking points that's fine but just make sure that it's that it's. How do I say this is not the most minor thing that you just have a hobby horse where you don't want to do that you want to try to accurately convey the this substance of the lesson but still in your skin from your perspective as the Lord leads you so it's right and here's the reason for this is one of the most important reasons it's not the only reason for identifying those key points because if you have been a Sabbath school teacher or student if you've ever going to school you know that many times in fact in my experience if not most times and I've mentioned it as we did our program during our last quarter. We rarely get through the lesson very often you're not further than Tuesday and somebody says well I guess that's all but there's the bell and there's a couple challenges with that sometimes because again the way that the contributor built the lesson and it anytime you build something you're building into the heart of it but maybe the heart of it came Wednesday afternoon or Thursday. But they had to lay it out lay their case out to get and so all you did in the class was study through Tuesday and you missed the heart there are a whole lot just not to say that those things were bad but they would be preamble to the main point they were sometimes we miss some of the biggest blessings in the lesson because we try to follow that format so when you identify the key points the other thing I was going to say is as a Sabbath school teacher you know the Sabbath school times oh something went wrong this morning superintendent remarks were long or something else happened and we've got something this other dismissals in this thing are only going to have 30 minutes right if the minutes are you know when you know your key points you're able to cover it with the entirety of the lesson in any amount whatever even if these 5 minutes that's right so I will look friends we don't have time to discuss it but I want to tell you this week's lesson we covered this and it was fantastic whatever I say but the key points helps you to keep things on track and so when you identify the key points when it comes to your lesson then you organize those in an outline fashion in a logical sequence and it may be that as you didn't if I keep points you say oh there's one in Sunday that I see and there's one on Tuesday and there's one for Thursday but that one Thursday to me makes more sense to do 1st to do that you're the teacher you are the teacher you're going to take those key points and you're going to put him in what makes for a logical teaching flow for you well maybe this is a good time to transition to teaching the lesson right because let's say that you have read through it we've studied it we've compiled it as we see fit we've outlined it we're prepared and then we go in and. This goes back to that great divide what what is the role of a Sabbath school teacher and let me let me put it this way outside of sabs will teach. The chair of a committee Ok there's basically 2 ways you can chair committee you can merely be the parliamentarian the moderator right and you're just making the trains run on time making you the false religion that are right the facilitator if you will right and so you don't really have skin in the game your job is to manage the other people have skin in the air. Or there's the more activist model this says I'm not just going through the agenda I'm setting be agenda and I would strongly advocate that our Sabbath school teachers while we don't want to be dictatorial authoritarian and mean or anything like overbearing or any of those bad extreme to not be just a passive kind of moderator of a discussion that you just like well let's just throw it out and see what happens in this neighborhood who just described the words you used unfortunately are the reason why a lot of adult savvy school teachers almost refuse to teach because they don't want to be labeled as yes you know but authoritarian or whatever but what other format of learning can you imagine I mean look I paid for my son's college tuition it was a sacrifice and if I learned that when he went to class the teacher got up and said Well I'm really not a teacher I'm just a facilitator What do you think I love I'd say all my money back that's right there's no teat so I'm not considering the teacher to be a dictator or throw Tarion to teach but teaching the lesson does is not saying that you are the end all for knowledge and you know everything but somebody has to do it in more than that this is. When you're nominated this is a sacred office it is search it is a calling from God that the Spirit of God will give you a billet easy to teach not that you're the only one who can teach anything in the world in the universe whatever but you have been a long time at task yes you're a teacher and that task is assumed to be a leadership task not just to facilitate us in the sense that we expect you to prepare the lesson we expect you to have a plan and to make sure it flows through so you're good your job is to know where this is going and to make sure it gets there that's right right and so that takes some leadership you're going to have to say I need you to speak up or let's talk about this passage and I don't have time or we're not this isn't the place to go down that rabbit hole though I'm not saying it's about it but it's not where we're going today right and those types of like assertive statements and leadership qualities need to be manifest in the teacher if you're going to do a good job teaching That's right yeah so we're going to put up on the screen the outline we used for the last couple weeks when we did our sadness go live in Berrien Springs at the village church of the can't meeting we had a class there that we an impromptu class but in preparing the class and this is one of the things the challenges you're running into as a teacher is you want to have dialogue in the class you want to having gauge mitten discussion. The problem is when it gets when you become the facilitator or moderator the terminology advertisers that nobody's going to know it ever ties is that everybody's The Everybody except you. And then what often happens and I hate to say it is you usually have a couple of people who love to teach the class from the class that there's a step into that unspoken back and the others go but he other students don't like it they want you to leave that's what I'm telling you I've had people come to me and it was I was a pastor so I just are sensible quick because someone's always speaks up and nobody shuts them down they're always off and talk rambling on whatever else so I'm just saying that do you think we need to make part of this training thing dealing with crazy people there might be one or 2 out there well that's a part of teaching and so this is what you know so when you look at this outline I'm going to put on the screen you'll notice it as I went through preparing this we were time we had we had a limit we had to be you know we started and we had to be finished by $1045.00 and so what I'll do you see a little per parent that of course where I have allotted amount of time for each segment of the class and as I was teaching and I had questions I asked and I had discussion but all the time I was watching the clock especially because of the video production whatever sometimes a classroom you have a little more leeway but I was watching the clock and we got close in fact I even told the students ahead of time in your class will get to know this if they come to your class every week these these guys had never been in a class where they've never taught them before so this was new to them and I explained to them that you know if in our discussion you bring something up and then I say well we really need to move on to I said don't think that you made a bad commenter said something wrong that's my role as a teacher to keep things moving so feel free to give your input but there may be times where I have to move things along a story and so I communicated that that's the role of the teacher they were fine with that and there were times where when. I saw the clock was coming to a certain point you know I might see that the comment would go over a little bit it was good in it but there are times I had to move things along and say Ok well you know we're our times moving on let's go to whatever so you're keeping it when you know your key points like that you can do that looks a bill you can adapt to that that's right and let's talk about questions because there seems to be always this almost a false dichotomy either you're going to ask questions and let it just go to where the conversation wants to lead or you're just going to lecture when the reality is you do have a lecturing kind of posture but you do want to draw in comments and dialogue discussion so let me recommend a few ways you can do that while still keeping the train on the tracks right 1st of all ask people to do things like read specific passages when they're reading the passage and if they jump off and start you know adding their own commentary then you have to be but for the most part you say Read John 3 verses 15 to 17 they're going to read those 3 verses right and then you say now now you can base off of their reading a question and don't just say oh I Francis what do you think about that yeah exactly all right you know what it comes to the lesson how many here read your lies Good good good what did you guys take from it. Would you just open up for those kind of open ended questions I guarantee they're going to get discussion but almost a bit later mold is very broad or they won't get discussion you want to say no well part of the reason is there are a lot of of people who come to Sabbath school class who have not opened the lesson and when you ask them that question they're still just as willing to talk about it's not going to be the lesson in this happens all the time it's just like well I'm going to have to just talk about whatever because you open that door and so you want to in the reality is even if people have studied the lesson there is a tendency. Most of the time for people to answer a question based on what they've always thought about a topic most of your class are not new to the subject and they already have strong opinions some very strong opinions and so when you say what you think they may launch on to a diatribe about what they think that they didn't like what the lesson was instead of sticking to what the lesson taught or the answer contrary to what the lesson taught or going off a lesson even what the Bible teaches because well yes because what you've seen this and giving Bible studies nonbelievers I mean you take the most what advocates would understand John 316 I use the illustration job 3 salutes to their yes you're right for God to love the world He gave His only begotten Son who are believe Him shall perish but have everlasting life you have 2 options perish or live right right so you ask the people don't say what does it say what do the text say are 2 options everlasting life or you go to hell right so where you live forever in Hell or live forever that's not in the that's right but it's in their head that's right and people will will confidently speak to what they did not read even though you just looked at it so the role of a teacher often times is to get people to see what they just looked at. You know if they it's right act as a look then get specific question don't be ashamed when they answer wrong Don't argue just say what does the text say right now don't know what does the text say Read again right what did that quote say and spear prophecy draw them back to and then like. Did it did it say no it doesn't say right and that means that your take on the lesson isn't the authority it's the word itself having the authority and that's what the purpose of Sabbath school class is to let the word speak to us clearly and apply it in our lives that's right so you want to ask specific questions that point back to right the less a specific questions will come directly from either the lesson quarterly or preferably from the Bible itself or some combination right. And so not only is it clear it is giving that authority to the answer because it comes from outside of the group collective you know echo chamber of opinion but it comes from the Word of God and it keeps you on course so you've gotten dialogue you've got input interaction but you haven't let it devolve into a free for all just a public you know discourse that's right it's pretty cool so you want to in teaching a lesson one thing that we didn't mention that I just want to reiterate is start out with a memory verse and practice memorizing do not be in the practice every week of saying when somebody read the memory that's not the purpose for a memory practice good so far easier is like let you hear it if let your class know you expect somebody to have memorized the memory verse but then you start maybe by having the whole group say it together and if you read it you have to bill is see how many people who write a bill is get a volunteer who can do it but we want to wean them off of that just looking at it having it in their hands again but anyway I was jumping back to that but in teaching the class you know as a teacher again asking questions pointing back to the lesson. You know going through and sometimes you're going to have to you know. As you can courage discussion sometimes you have to curtail discussion to keep things moving along but but ultimately what you want to do is make sure as you prepare the lesson you prepare those key points there key for a reason those are the ones you want to definitely bring up so don't miss your key points make sure that in the teaching of your lesson as much time as you allow for interaction dialogue make sure you cover those key points and give yourself enough time it's interesting again that in the in the teacher's quarterly they always end with a life application always end your lesson with some practical application don't just leave it out like we just came and got our heads filled with more right when we start with you're going to leave some kind of a challenge charge appeal you know a life application at the end of the of the lesson so that the years your class is challenge to go out and live a powerful Christian example like last quarter when it's just interpreters who are here right if I have a challenging but let me tell you friends I haven't read through all this water yet but I guarantee you the whole quarter each lesson is going to be about different aspects and reasons and methods for sharing our faith there is going to be practical application aplenty when it comes to this quarter so I'm looking forward to it so those are those are some quick teaching tips that I think that if you put those into practice it could revolutionize revolution. Revolutionize. What it might say so revolutionary it might you know national revolution alive is your class because it's a whole new but I think what he's trying to say is this really going to help anyway there's plenty to cover in this one not just in theory but in practice and I'm looking forward to it and I think that's all we have are teaching tips right now. To want to close a prayer or what he would yes why don't we finish with a word of prayer. Heavenly father we just thank you for the privilege we have of being members of your last day church Lord the Sabbath school is not just for teachers before any 7th Day Adventist who wants to better understand the word and be able to share with those around us we pray the specially through this upcoming quarter as we're studying. Our witness to others making friends for God that your Holy Spirit would would bless us to that end the Lord would help us to. Gain a better understanding of the practical teachings of your Scripture and that the Holy Spirit would help us to live them out to day lives we ask and pray these things in Jesus name for music.


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