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I’ve been in youth ministry for about 14 years, in a lot of different aspects.

But the thing I love more than anything is opening up the Bible and engaging teenagers with God’s Word.

For me personally, I feel like I am closest to what God has called me to do with my life when I am teaching the Bible. Am I a great Bible-study leader? I don’t think so. I routinely find myself noticing something I could have done better or differently. But as a student of good teaching and preaching, I have learned a few things that have really helped me be an effective teacher of God’s Word.

Here are three of them:

1. You are only as good as your preparation.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. … You know this right? And it’s not a particularly flashy point. But here’s the deal: Smart, focused preparation is the single most important aspect of being a great Bible-study teacher. I know we’re all busy. We all have other things to do. But if you spent 30 minutes a day in preparation for the three or four days leading up to your teaching time, you’d be amazed at the difference it makes. On the other hand, cramming an hour in the night before or morning of will always leave you falling short of what you’re capable of.

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