We are a society that is used to disposing of things – razors are disposable, plastic water bottles are disposable, single serving coffee pods are disposable, plastic cutlery and paper coffee cups are also disposable, just to name a few.
It’s no surprise that some Bible study leaders approach their teaching materials in the same way. When a Bible study is over, they often throw away their materials – what a waste! I’ve got a better way – file them, save them, and hold onto your resources. You never know when you might need a quick Bible study, and having a stack of studies you’ve previously led is a great shortcut in your preparation. You’ve already prepared each study for hours – don’t dispose of them!
I know teachers who have saved their previous studies for years and have a great library of resources to pull from: teaching plans, commentaries, posters, and all kinds of extras. When they study a passage of Scripture they’ve previously taught, they have a wealth of additional helps available to them.
Remember: don’t throw away your stuff! File your old studies away for safe keeping – you’ll use them again one day.
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