A vague Sabbath School lesson aim will usually result in vague teaching. Here’s how to determine your lesson aim and then accomplish it.
Let’s say you are studying John 13 — Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Your class members will acquire the information that Jesus served others. But teaching should not stop there. Perhaps your class members will rethink their old attitude about serving — that it is to be avoided — and gain a new attitude: Serving is good because it is Christlike. Now you have accomplished something in your class members’ lives.
The moment of ecstasy for a teacher, however, is when the changed attitude leads to a change in behavior. That moment occurs when Dick pipes up and says, “Hey, maybe we should find a way to serve our community. The soup kitchen down on Main Street needs helpers. Maybe we could get involved. Let’s volunteer!”
Knowledge becomes learning when it is translated into a life-changing action. This is more likely to happen when you begin a Bible study with a well thought-out, specific aim for your class members’ spiritual growth.
This article originally appeared in Discipleship Journal. Reprinted by permission.
© 2006 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists