The Great Omission – Got Your Lesson Plans?

No teacher would make a presentation without a lesson plan. It might be a mental check list or it might be a written document. Nevertheless, there would be a lesson plan.

In this installment of my series on the Great Commission, we’re going to look at the last part of those words of Jesus. The Commission is found in Matthew 28 verses 19 and 20.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The responsibility of “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” is a daunting task. We’re not going to do it without the Holy Spirit’s help, and we’re not going to do it without a plan.

So, do you have a plan? More specifically, do you have a lesson plan?

A lesson plan? Seriously? A written out lesson plan?

Why not? We wouldn’t teach a class or lead a meeting without one, so why would we not have one to teach others the commandments of Jesus?

There are those who claim they will just “wing it” when a teachable moment presents itself. They might say a detailed plan robs the Holy Spirit of providing the right words at the right time.

A lesson plan is not a word for word speech. It’s an outline of what is to be covered and why. It’s not a sin to plan. It’s not a lack of faith to think about what needs to be said.

For example, suppose next weekend you’re taking your children or grandchildren to the zoo. What a great opportunity to talk about how God created all the animals and how different and how alike they are. There’s your lesson plan.

Suppose you’re meeting a Christian friend for lunch, and you know he or she has been going through a difficult time. You might want to speak encouraging words from the Bible. What will those words be? There’s your lesson plan.

We have to be intentional about how we teach the commands of Jesus.

What will you say when your child is disrespectful to you or another adult? Do you have an idea what commands of Jesus apply? You need a lesson plan.

Planning is necessary if we’re going to be effective members of the family of Jesus.

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