The lessons that was most significant and beneficial to me where the HBTL and MWGYW approach. The MWGYW approach had a huge emotional impact on my presentation which in turn helped highlight the lesson. My biggest concern had always been not to confront to the point of offending anyone and the HBLT approach was perfect in addressing this issue, it provided accommodations of teaching rather than preaching and this particular approach made the presentation a lot easier to give without making the audience feel as if they were being singled out, attacked, judged or confronted.
I have a deep appreciation of Andy Stanley’s teaching approach, which involved several presentation steps; me, we, God, you, and we. [ ] As teacher, I learned, after applying this five step transitional approach, to move from personal experience to community understanding where God was the main focus of discussion. However, I found the HBLT approach to be more useful, particularly in my small discipleship studies being that it did not require a great deal of time to prepare the lessons, whereas, with the MWGYW approach, a considerable amount of time was needed in order for me to ensure I addressed the audience appropriately and made sure the message fit.
Richards and Bredfeldt’s hook, book, look, and took lesson planning method was an eye opener for me and even though I found it to be pretty simple, I realize that I still need to work on my “hook” which is very crucial in order to bring the audience to the “Book” (Bible) where evaluation (look) of principles take place and to see if it was received (Took). [ ]
Another important lesson came from the Ezra assignment. After studying Ezra, I could clearly see the reason God selected Ezra in bringing about Spiritual Reform in Israel. From this study I received clarification as well as revelation; God choosing a man who was not only committed to studying His Word but also lived what he taught to where his walk was one of obedience. When I took this study and compared it to my own practices, it revealed that I...