This page is provided as a resource for staff on YWAM's School of Biblical Studies (SBS)
In the SBS the lectures should supplement the student's individual study. Their study is the major
emphasis of the school and is given priority. The lectures are still important and need to be taken
seriously, prepared carefully and prayerfully.
As teaching staff, your aim is to give the students material they will not find out for themselves.
a) Cultural and historical context
This will be more important in some books than in others (see SBS Curriculum). Teach background material which will throw light on the book and aid understanding.
b) Difficult passages
Answer questions that you know the students are asking, questions you asked as a student. Which topics / passages did you wish you had had more time on?
c) Overview and main themes
d) Bring an understanding of the theology of the book
What aspects of God's nature and character does this book describe? What does this book say about Jesus, about sinful mankind, about our position in Christ, about the Church, about the enemy? How does this book fit into God's plan of redemption?
a) Let them see how you study and learn.
b) Draw conclusions and make applications
In humility, be prepared to come to a decision over interpretation of passages. Do make sure that you mention other serious interpretations and say why you don't agree with them. Allow the student to make up their own mind. Try not to be dogmatic.
c) Be individual - find your own way to study inductively
Do not be bound legalistically to the method. Give them creative ideas for study.
d) Encourage the students to think for themselves
a) What has God been teaching you personally as you studied?
b) What does God want the class as a whole to apply?
c) Suggest possible application from books or passages.
a) Immerse yourself in the book you will be lecturing on.
b) Become very familiar with the text. Read it 10-20 times, especially for a short book. Do thorough observation - in more detail than as a student. It is helpful to print out the text from the computer.
c) Read other sources for background material.
d) Consult commentaries - but do you agree with them?
a) Seek the Lord for ideas, His word for the class
b) Be open to the Lord as you read through the book.
c) Pray for the lecture and the students as they listen and learn.
a) What is the point of your lecture?
b) What are the needs of the students?
c) What do you want the students to learn through your lecture? Be specific.
d) How will you tell whether your aims have been met by the end of the lecture?
a) Verse by verse through the text (OK for short book)
b) Give an overview, then focus on a few key passages (better for longer book)
c) Trace significant themes through the book.
d) Give the students something new you have discovered.
e) Ideas will come from your study of the book. You will probably have more material than you have time to teach.
f) Check whether there are any hand-outs.
a) Make an outline of your lecture, showing how much time you estimate for each item.