Wrestling with preparing to teach my first sermon reminds me of how much I do not know.
The old saying that “You never know how much you do not know” is definitely true when it comes to Bible study and preparation for a sermon. The last couple of days I have labored through some Greek texts and exegetical work in order to prepare for the sermon I am to preach on July 8th.
I have not told many people yet, but the last couple of months my girlfriend and I have been praying about possibly attending seminary. Attending seminary would be a huge step in pursuing what God wants me to do in life for His service, and preparing for this sermon is helping me to see my need for more Bible based education. I am sure that the things I would learn in seminary would help me to do a better job of preparing Bible teachings and outlines and writing.
Maybe through this process, God is showing me that He truly does want me to teach the Bible to others, and part of that journey is to attend seminary as further preparation. I do not know the exact answer; only prayer and time will tell.
Question: How do you prepare to teach and communicate?