Rambo for Jesus Training

Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. Doing the work of Jesus in this world is like operating behind enemy lines. We need to be trained and prepared to storm the strongholds of the devil. This series of lessons provides some basic preparation for Christian “Rambos” who are willing to risk it all to advance the kingdom of heaven.

How to Prepare a Caregroup Lesson
Acts 19:9-10 He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord. From Acts 19:9-10, we can see group Bible discussions were a critical part of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus. Through this ministry, God allowed all the Jews and Greeks that lived in the province of Asia to hear the gospel. Small group discussion and Bible study is also important in the church today. It allows people to learn and grow spiritually in a unique way. There are other important modes of learning the Bible—including self-study, discipleship, and preaching and teaching in the church—but small group Bible study has unique and special value. Having Bible study in caregroup brings the following benefits: • The discussion leader learns the Bible and grows spiritually. • Other caregroup members learn from one another. • Guests to the caregroup have an opportunity to hear the word of God proclaimed in a down-to-earth, accessible way. • Everyone has an opportunity to have their questions answered and to share life experiences that are related to the lesson. Most importantly, the caregroup lesson is an opportunity for God to speak to His people through one another. It’s actually pretty easy to talk about pretty much anything for 30 minutes. But to be able to listen to God and speak His words—that’s another thing entirely. This lesson is really about facilitating God speaking through the person leading the discussion, as well as those who are participating. The goal is to prepare the discussion leader so that everyone will receive maximum benefit from the Bible study. Let’s take a look at how you can prepare to lead a good caregroup Bible study. Months earlier In order to speak the words of God, we need to hear from Him first! By praying and reading His word daily, we learn to listen to God more effectively. In your everyday life, watch what is going on spiritually. Check with God continually about your

relationship with Him. Are you being selfish? Does He want you to do something, or not do something? By asking, listening, and obeying, we learn to hear the voice of God. One week earlier Find out what lesson you’re going to teach. Read it over slowly, investigating the scriptures. Over the next few days, allow those verses to sink in. Let God speak to you through your experiences in daily life. He will often use real-life situations to teach us what we ought to communicate during the lesson. If the lesson is about forgiveness or discipleship, He will give you opportunities to learn about those things firsthand. One day earlier Go over the lesson again, this time with a pen in hand. Underline, highlight, and annotate what parts you want to emphasize. Just as important, use this time to try to gauge how long it will take for you to teach the lesson and remember what content you might want to pass quickly over. Think of one interesting anecdote or lead-in question that will help frame the discussion. The story or question should illustrate the lesson that you are trying to teach, similar to how Jesus illustrated God’s love for the lost by telling the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son—each of those stories did not teach explicitly, but used imagery and emotions to connect the readers to what Jesus wanted to communicate. Write at least one discussion question for each point in the lesson. The questions you use are very important and require careful thought. Each question should: • Not have a yes or no answer. Instead, use open-ended questions that encourage people to express their own thoughts and viewpoints. • Sometimes ask about examples from the Bible. For example, ask about how Paul dealt with the issue you are discussing. • Be addressed to as many different people in the group as possible so that everyone is encouraged to participate and contribute to the discussion. During the lesson First off, be relaxed because God cares about the results of the caregroup discussion far more than you do! Pray that He will help you bless people, and then trust that He will work things out. Here are some tips: • Don’t drink lots of caffeine before the caregroup because it will make you jumpy. • Lead in with the introductory question or story. • Remember to use your discussion question for each point! • Try to use the discussion to teach instead of being a talking head. People learn better when they are engaged. • Be flexible and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Even though you’ve spent so much time preparing, God may have different plans. The point of the lesson time is not to finish the lesson, but for God to speak to people.

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