5. Showing up poorly prepared. Not even the most gifted communicators are able to disguise a lack of preparation. Your listeners will wonder if it is pride or laziness that would lead you to attempt to teach God’s Word without study. When you are unprepared, you communicate a lack of conviction for what you are doing and damage your credibility. Frustration on the part of your listeners will likely result in poor attendance for future opportunities. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)
4. Chasing rabbits. Chasing rabbits means to consistently talk about things that have nothing to do with the theme of the lesson. Getting off topic is often related to poor preparation. All sub-points in a lesson need to support the main idea. The main idea should be a central thread that ties your lesson together.
3. Teaching without passion. Don’t expect your listeners to get excited or passionate about what you are saying if you are not communicating your own passion about the subject.
2. Failure to address life application. What is it you want your listeners to know and do as a result of what they have heard? Can you name the one big idea you want your listener to have heard?
1. Minimizing the role of the Holy Spirit in lesson preparation and presentation. Pray every step of the way. Pray before studying Scripture. Pray before developing your outline and manuscript. Pray before you teach.
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