Seven Laws of the Teacher

This material is from Howard Hendricks, who taught for 52 years at Dallas Theological Seminary. The Seven Laws of the Teacher will help pastors, teachers, parents, small groups, become more effective in their teaching role. This information will renew your thinking about teaching and unleash your effectiveness as a communicator of biblical truth. Our goal is teaching with a life-changing impact. Seven Laws of the Teacher – Part 1 – Teacher Seven Laws of the Teacher – Part 2 – Education Seven Laws of the Teacher – Part 3 – Activity Seven Laws of the Teacher – Part 4 – Communication Seven Laws of the Teacher – Part 5 – Heart Seven Laws of the Teacher – Part 6 – Encouragement Seven Laws of the … Continue reading

Seven Laws of the Learner

This material is from Bruce Wilkinson, the Walk Thru the Bible guy. In each of these seven sessions, the author will guide you through: Mindset: an introducti0on to the law with a biblical passage to illustrate that law. Model: a chart (in the workbook) clearly demonstrating the law and what it means. Maxims: seven principles that explain the law. Meaning: a brief definition of the law. Method: ways to put the law into practice. Maximizers: tips to use the each law more effectively. Mastery: thought-provoking ideas to help you interact with the meaning of the law. Memory: a walk thru of each law to help you remember the laws. Listen and Learn: Seven Laws of the Learner – Part 1 – Learner Seven Laws of … Continue reading

Share the Message

This is the final session in the God’s Not Dead series (which we missed due to the icy conditions in Virginia Beach). While preparation is vital to becoming an effective witness for Christ, at some point we need to step out and start sharing the gospel. You can connect more often and more deeply with people outside of the church. You can become involved in activities or join organizations with diverse participants. You can cultivate a lifestyle of hospitality. You can get involved with people who don’t know the Lord, then they will inevitably see the centrality of Jesus that marks your life. At first you can defend the existence of God. Remember that knowing God exists is the beginning of faith. Then you can … Continue reading

Understand God’s Purpose

This is lesson five of six in the God’s Not Dead series: Some people draw nearer to God in times of persecution, crisis, and tragedy, while others blame God for not stopping the hurt, or is not loving enough to intervene. Think about the unreliability of a world where we get a little tickle every time we do something good and a shock every time we do something bad. I remember Stephen out playing and occasionally he would crash and burn, scraping his knees, and not once did he run to me and say, “It was a bit casual of you to sit back and let me fall, I can tell you are not a father of love by letting me get hurt.” or “What … Continue reading

Marvel at the Design

This is the fourth of six lessons in the God’s Not Dead series: Evidence from physics and astronomy point to a creator, but biology is a bit more challenging to reconcile with Christianity. Why? The triumph of the theory of evolution is usually the knockout blow to anyone attempting to maintain an intellectually credible belief in God. But evidence over the past few decades has also seen the fingerprints of God. Anthony Flew’s There is a God: how the world’s most notorious atheist changed his mind. He was an atheistic philosopher who came to doubt atheism as a result of advances in molecular biology, particularly DNA. Dr. Flew was impacted by the amount of complexity in DNA that could only point to an intelligent designer. … Continue reading

Embrace the Evidence

This is the third of six lessons in the God’s Not Dead series. Josh begins by putting God on trial, CS Lewis used the phrase, “God in the dock” which was the British way to say, “God in the witness stand.” Josh begins by showing that the creation itself points to the reality of a Creator. Science is a natural place to start by observing the tremendous order in the universe is without a doubt. Skeptics are not impressed with this since they demand to see direct physical evidence over a clearly designed logical argument. But we would not find physical evidence for God by observing the universe, just as we find no physical evidence for Steve Jobs by looking into an iPhone. Let’s take … Continue reading

Having No Fear

This is the second of six in the God’s Not dead series, these are my teaching notes and slides: One of the major themes in the movie was that of persecution; all around the world people suffer for simply having faith in Jesus. Some would argue that the world is much more tolerant today than it was centuries ago, but the facts say otherwise. In many parts of the world, people lose freedoms; and thousands of people are killed because of their faith in Christ. While in America, tolerance is demanded for most any lifestyle or belief, yet for those who believe in Christ, they are met with systematic intolerance, which is grossly unfair and often absurd. Believers are often intimidated. There is a challenge … Continue reading

Always Be Prepared

Today is the start of the God’s Not Dead series at King’s Grant. There are six lesson in this series; here are my teaching notes and PowerPoint slides. Introductory Questions: Do you every feel intimidated when talking to someone who does not believe as you do about the existence of God or the reality of salvation through Jesus Christ? Why is that? Let me introduce you to Josh Wheaton, a freshman college student who signed up for a philosophy class and discovers that the professor is a strong and opinionated atheist who sets some ground rules for the class. He asks everyone in the class to write out on a piece of paper the words: GOD IS DEAD. Josh is a believers and you can … Continue reading

Receptivity to God’s Word

Luke 8:4-21 addresses the quality of our attentiveness to God’s Word, in spiritual matters, Bible study, worship, devotional time… This lesson is all about the heart of the listener. The nation of Israel and the disciples could not have a better teacher. The message or seed was perfect yet there were four different kinds of responses by the hearers. This was because there are four different kinds of hearts. This parable would prepare the disciples to except the sad reality that not everyone will be receptive to their teaching. We are to work hard at preparing good Bible studies and teaching, but receptivity to God’s Word or biblical teaching is an issue of the heart. Jesus is personally challenging his own disciples to build the … Continue reading

How to Walk Circumspectly

Today we are looking at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, “How to Walk Circumspectly” from Matthew 7:13–27. That is not a word we often use but it does describe very well the topic for today. Circumspectly is defined this way: 1. watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior; 2. well-considered: circumspect ambition. Here are the commands that we find in the gospels: Matthew 4:17 – repent, Matthew 7:13 – enter, Matthew 7:15 – beware, Matthew 11:28 – come, Mark 1:15 – repent, believe, John 6:27 – do not work, John 12:35 – walk, John 12:36 – believe. It is also illustrated in the book of acts: Acts 9:2, 16:17, John 14:6, Acts 19:9, 23, 22:4, 24:14, 22. It is also amplified in … Continue reading