How to Prepare a Sunday School Lesson

In my Sunday School class, we will soon be teaching four lessons from the book of Revelation.  How do I get ready for such an endeavor?  Let me tell you how I prepare, then show you my outlines, notes, and crafts for these four lessons in a free booklet. Ready? Set? Go!ready set go

READY?

As Sunday School teachers, we should start by studying and knowing the Bible for ourselves by reading the whole Bible for perspective.  Commentaries and reference books are helpful tools for understanding Scripture better.  Once I begin focusing on a section of Scripture that I will teach, I read over my church’s Sunday School curriculum.  For additional study of Revelation, I recommend “Because the Time is Near,” by John MacArthur.  After this advanced preparation, I work through the following process each week to prepare my Sunday School lessons.

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How to Prepare a Sunday School Lesson

  1. Outline the Bible passage. After typing out the Bible passage, I break the text into smaller theme parts and create my own paragraph titles.
  2. Choose one point to focus on to keep the lesson simple and learnable in one class period.  The one main point becomes the Title and will keep me on track as I edit and explain the material.
  3. Skip, reduce, or explain.  With a single focus point and my audience in mind, now I have to decide to skip over some parts entirely or reduce paragraphs to a summary sentence to keep the story moving.  When I decide to read a Bible passage, I print it in Bold Italics in my notes, but I try to read directly from my Bible when I teach.  Be sure to teach students the meaning of any difficult words or concepts.
  4. Review, practice, and refine.  If I outline, pick a focus point, and prepare my notes on Monday, then I have a whole week to think about the lesson, talk about it with others, make changes and corrections, and read it over several times.  If you are new to teaching, practice out loud during the week with friends or grandchildren.
  5. Gather visual aids.  Every time you show your students something, you grab their attention for a few more minutes.
  6. Highlight the gospel message.  Every lesson has elements of the attributes of God, the tragedy of sin and the glory of salvation through the work of Jesus Christ at the cross.  What a privilege to tell children about our hope!
  7. Finally, I add an opening activity and design a craft to drive home the Bible message.  At the beginning of lesson time, I interact with the children about an important story concept before settling them down to quietly listen to the Bible lesson. Later, the craft should reinforce the main point from the lesson.

GO!

Sunday morning.  Wake up early to get ready and pray.  Get to church early, set up your classroom and welcome your students with a smile.  Create a friendly learning environment.

Teach the Bible lesson.  Manage your routine to make Scripture the highlight of the morning.  Other classroom helpers can help keep distractions to a minimum.

Afterwards, take time to evaluate your teaching.  Humbly take criticism from other teachers and advisors.  Learn from your mistakes and praise God for His clear wisdom He has preserved in the Bible.  Pray for your listeners.

To share my excitement about teaching Revelation in Sunday School, I’ve gathered all of my materials – outlines, lesson plans, and crafts – into a little booklet that I want to share with you.  Download and print your free copy of my booklet: Four Sunday School Lessons for Children from Revelation.  

My graphics are pretty basic, but children don’t mind.  If you are more artistic or have access to quality curriculum, my craft ideas might inspire you to use what you have in better ways.  At my church, I have access to Generations of Grace!

Here are links to better downloads for my crafts:

Have you ever considered teaching Sunday School?  Do you know a Sunday School teacher that needs some help and encouragement?  Please check out my other website: SundaySchoolTeacherBibleStudy.wordpress.com.

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