In your replies, you are seeking to build rapport and community around the topic. You are also seeking to maximize our collective understanding of the material. Keeping that in mind,
· Look for areas of common ground or diversity between your comments on the prompts and your classmates’ finding(s) and engage each other.
· Connect and comment on areas included or not included in your classmates’ thread that you would like to share.
· Each reply must be at least 100 words composed in 1 paragraph.
Response # 1
First, I would let the group know that the pastor needs to ensure that he is letting the audience know where the message of the text is going early in the message. (Gutierrez, Cartwright & Hulshof, 2016). This is so the congregation is not sitting wondering where the message is going so they can begin to prepare themselves to receive the message that God intends for them to hear. Then he needs to lay out the outline to support his main point that should be a sentence that hits on the theme. After you have nailed down the theme, combine the number of the main sections and the theme and you have two of the three ingredients for a surefire proposition. (Gutierrez, Cartwright & Hulshof, 2016).
Second, the main body should have supporting points that point to the theme, so it can all be pulled together. This is the skeletal framework that the body of main points can be built on. He should hit on possibly different translations, that can give a better understanding of scripture. Asking questions should be used in this section to make the intended audience think about what information they are receiving. Any historical or literary context that may be relevant may need to be included in this section as well. (Gutierrez, Cartwright & Hulshof, 2016). As he goes through the message he should be using transition words to make different sections flow, so the reader will not be left thinking about one section while he is deep into a different question or statement. The pastor needs to ensure that he conducts better Bible studies to find more relevant information to the bible message and can stay on topic and not begin to ramble. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (HCSB study Bible, 2010). While this is true but not all scripture or what he has learned about a certain Bible passage need to be in the information that the audience is receiving from the pastor.
Third, good conclusions should bring unity and clarity to your lesson. They should be organized and coherent. Conclusions should be personal as they draw listeners or readers toward personal decision. (Gutierrez, Cartwright & Hulshof, 2016). This part of the message needs to bring the reader to a crossroad that either asks a question for them to reflect on or an action that they should want to complete.
Gutierrez, B., Cartwright, J., & Hulshof, C. (2016). Everyday Bible Study (p. 173, 183, 188). Nashville: B&H Academic.
HCSB study Bible, Holman Christan Standard Bible. (2010) (p. 2098). Nashville, Tenn.
Response # 2
The idea of becoming a great teacher is a monumental task. It harder than it appears. To become a great teacher one must understand what they are teaching. This is very true when teaching the Bible. Developing a main idea and and understanding of the Bible Scripture is an extremely important task. One must master what they are reading and make others comprehend that the scripture is saying. One must organize the information that was interpreted and communicate it effectively. Organization and planning is key to keeping your audience engaged. Developing a main idea and a thorough knowledge is key to good teaching of Bible Passages. A teachers interpretation of text is crucial in helping a students understanding of the Bible. Understanding a Bible passage for both the teacher and the student requires a devotion to learn, understand, and comprehend what the Bible is telling us. The Scripture read with many different context. Historical context can affect what the scripture means as well as who wrote it and why. When reading a passage all of these things must be considered. The interpretation may be different from various people if all of the factors are not considered. A passion for the word and an effort to understand what the author is communicating will be evident when teaching the passage. I believe a level of desire to understand the scripture must be present to appropriately teach a passage to someone else. Proverbs 9:9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. With all of the interpretations of the Bible, tools such as Bible dictionaries, study Bibles etc. are vital to gaining a deep knowledge to understand. Having a complete knowledge on what you are teaching will develop credibility for a person to become an influence on others. As human being we tend to listen to people we trust and admire. We listen to those who we know has a much deeper understanding of a subject than we do. Matthew 5:19 Therefor anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, buy whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. Being a good student of the word should also make us a great communicator of the word. Through God we can retain and teach others his way.
(J. Cartwright. C. Hulshof. Everyday Bible Study. Ch 31-33)