Here it is:
Huge library of resources + Indexing = great lesson.
Of course, there is more to it than this. Occasionally when I speak someone will come up to me and say, “But you didn’t say anything about being filled with the Spirit.”
I didn’t mention you need to be saved either. Nor did I say anything about the authority of God’s Word. I didn’t say anything about prayer. For the sake of brevity, we have to assume some things. Moving on.
If you wanted to teach a great lesson, you would have a huge library of books. Commentaries. Bible dictionaries. Popular Christian books by Beth Moore, John MacArthur, Charles Swindoll and all the rest.
But, it wouldn’t help to have these books unless you could find what you needed to find. Today I am writing a lesson on prayer that includes Acts 12:5 (NIV) “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” It is easy enough to look this up in the commentary. I have word study tools that point out that this word “earnestly” is the same word used to describe Jesus’ prayer in Luke 22.44. But, I would also like to know if Piper or Lutzer or Weirsbe ever said anything about this verse. This is where indexing comes in. If one of the great writers said it, Logos has indexed it and will find it.
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