Teaching Bible studies for Church Assistance Ministry (CAM) is showing me the importance of working hard to prepare lessons a significant amount of time before I teach them.
I have learned that when I work hard to prepare a lesson a few days before I teach it, I often retain less of what I have studied and prepared. Additionally, I also have noticed that the message is not known as well inside of me. It is as if the message is still moving inside of me and that it is still in my head, not in my heart.
However, when I have worked hard to prepare for lessons and completed my outline and handouts a week in advance, I have noticed I often deliver the lesson better. I believe this is because the message has had time to sit inside of me and become who I am. The message is no longer a set of notes that I am reading from or a story I am attempting to retell. Instead, the message is something that is now part of who I am and something I am passionate to tell.