Call to Study

Series: Call to Study
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

This message is an exhortation to study diligently, to give proper time for preparation and thought for one’s lesson, and to have proper tools available to study and prepare.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. Why did the speaker require his listeners to read “A Call to Study” by John Stott?
An ill-prepared Bible teacher is a dangerous teacher. He is a poor example of what a teacher should be. All good teachers are continuous students of their subject.
2. What is the reason for the emphasis on preparing at minimum a week before a lesson to be taught?
The mind will have proper time to organize, absorb, and improve on a lesson/message. Giving adequate time for preparation before a lesson is taught allows the mind to go through the process of incubation.
3. What does the speaker mean by “mental incubation?”
The process of the mind reorganizing, absorbing and improving material, particularly while the person sleeps at night. Adequate time is necessary for this process to take place.

Discuss It

  1. What do you think are the three most important tools for every Bible student?
  2. How would you apply 2 Tim. 2:15 to your teaching ministry? How would you apply 1 Tim. 5:17 to your local church’s teaching ministry?
  3. List two hindrances that prevent you from answering the call to study.

Apply It

  1. Obtain and read “A Call to Study” from Between Two Worlds by John Stott.
  2. Go online and search for websites that provide excellent sermon helps, outlines, illustrations, and commentary. Example: Share these websites with all of your fellow teachers.

Digging Deeper

“A Call to Study” from Between Two Worlds by John Stott

Sonic Light: Free online Bible commentary notes by Thomas Constable, available at