This morning I taught the lesson at the Brotherhood Breakfast at CRBC. I tend to get nervous about these things and doubt myself, the former being more understandable than the latter. I think it’s always a good thing to be nervous about handling the Word of God, especially when you’re in a teaching capacity. I’m just still frustrated that I don’t trust my own speaking abilities. Everyone said that I did a good job, the only criticism I got was that I didn’t speak loud enough. One thing I want to do in the future is to practice my lesson before I give it, perhaps my family could serve as an audience.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to record myself this time, so I can’t post an audio file here for feedback. I did, however, ask a former school teacher in our congregation about public speaking. He told me that you get more comfortable with it the more you do it. That’s probably true. I can’t be too hard on myself since this is only my second teaching opportunity at CRBC. I’m just glad that the elders and deacons trusted me with this task. Ultimately we ought to fear God rather than men when it comes to these things. Pastor Steve said that I gave a clear message in expounding upon the text. For the sake of the Word, I hope he’s right.
I taught from Galatians 5:22-24, the topic being the fruits of the Spirit. My notes are all handwritten, so I can’t post them either. Sorry about that. I’ll do a better job of it in the future. At any rate, I heard that I’ll be tapped again in the future to teach. Despite everything, I’m looking forward to developing my teaching skills as time goes on. I’m still considering the possibility of teaching in a classroom setting as a career (preferably at a Christian school). Whatever God chooses to do with my life, I look forward to it with joy.