PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. Pray for wisdom, enlightenment, salient application first for yourself and then for the class. Then pray for individuals in the class. Ask for the love that the Lord possesses to flow through you to your hearers.
Students must bring their own Bible each week because this study is Bibleintensive. The verses in this study are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), which is a very reliable, accurate translation. Other good translations such as the King James and New King James Versions add to understanding the passages.
Encourage home preparation of the materials, but be prepared that not every student may go over the lesson before class.
Work through the study guide as though you are opening wonderful gifts at a party, because you are! Have the students fill in exercises as you go. They can also make notes as there is some space in the margins provided for that. Have the students read the text aloud by turns, so they stay engaged and you are not talking all the time.
I suggest that in your preparation that you read over the lesson early in the week. Then watch how the Spirit highlights subjects that are found in the lesson, during your normal Scripture reading. Some things that happen in your life during the week can augment your understanding and can be used for illustrations.
Sometimes I use Hebrew terms or names, such as Yeshua for Jesus; Tenach for Old Testament, Old Covenant; Brit Hadashah for New Testament, New Covenant; and Messiah for Christ. I like to keep in mind that the Bible is a very Jewish book. I use the term congregation instead of church for the same reason.
I typically do not use the word Christian but substitute the word believer. The description Christian is no longer definitive and has been watered down too much. It has even been applied to groups that foster false teaching and do not hold to the absolute deity of Jesus, the Messiah. By believer I mean those who have put their trust in Jesus, Yeshua the Messiah, and have been born anew. Believers include both Old Testament saints who had faith in the coming Seed, the Lamb of God, the Perfect Sacrifice and those who (since the death of Jesus) have trusted in His death and resurrection.
If a couple of people tend to dominate the time and have not taken the hint when you interrupt them in class, talk to each one out of class. First ask God for wisdom on how to approach each one. Then entreat that person indicating that time is short, the study of the Word is the primary focus and emphasize the urgency for all to look to the Scriptures for guidance and direction. Interruptions to the class divert everyone’s attention and break concentration. Try to help the student understand that they are very important to the group and their part is to facilitate the declaration of God’s Word. The Lord knows your heart, love, concern and every detail of the circumstance. Trust Him to act with intelligence; then trust the Lord for His inventive solution to the problem and the development of your patience.