Not sure what lesson to teach this weekend? Or are you strapped for time and wondering how in the world you’re going to memorize this week’s Sunday School lesson?
Whether you have material or not, this formula will make preparing Sunday School Lessons easy! Read on to find out how:
Our (not so) Secret Sunday School Lesson Formula
Here it is: all you have to do is use your daily devotional time each morning to meditate on the Scripture that you’re going to teach on Sunday! There are two ways to do this:
• If you already have Sunday school lesson material, meditate on the Scripture passages that have been provided for you in that week’s lesson
• If you DON’T have any material, use your daily Scripture reading to write the Bible lesson. Or choose one of these lessons as a devotional topic for the week!
That’s it! Simple, right? There are a LOT of advantages to using this method. I’ll outline them here:
let your daily devotions double as your lesson prep!
Advantages to using this Sunday School lesson formula
1. First of all, as a Sunday School teacher, you’ve got to have a great relationship with God. You won’t be able to teach His Word correctly if you never spend time getting to know Him. If you spend time meditating on Scripture daily and talking to God in prayer, God can speak to you and mold you. Therefore, this method is a great way to “kill two birds with one stone” so to speak. You’ll be spending time with God consistently, while also making sure you are well-prepared to teach on Sunday morning.
2. Secondly, every Sunday School teacher MUST spend time in God’s Word. If you’re going to teach it, you’ve got to read it! Spending time each day preparing/reviewing the lesson will help you dig deep and really understand what you’re teaching, and how God wants you to teach it.
3. You’ll LIVE your lessons. Kids can DEFINITELY tell when someone actually BELIEVES what they’re teaching. Unfortunately, many teachers read the lesson the night before, and don’t take the time to let the Scripture passages sink into their hearts. This results in “superficial” teaching. On the other hand, when you teach something that God has been teaching you, and you’ve been meditating on it all week, you’ll come across much more sincere. This is especially true if you write the lesson yourself, based on what God teaches during the time you spend with Him.
4. By Sunday, you’ll have the lesson memorized like the back of your hand! Instead of reading out the lessons robotically or trying to act like you memorized it (while still sneaking glances at the lesson book ever 5 seconds), why not actually memorize what you’re going to say? That way, you can maintain eye contact with the kids and only refer to the lesson outline when it’s really necessary.
5. You’ll have an outlet for sharing all of the great stuff the Lord has shown you that week! This is a totally underrated advantage. People don’t often share what they learn during their daily devotions—and that’s a huge shame. Both you and your students can benefit from doing this. Plus, it’s a great way for you to encourage your kids to spend time with God daily and share what they’re learning, too!Share this post: