First Time Bible Teacher

30 EpisodesProduced by Brian Higgins GoodLionWebsite

Learning to teach the Bible is a high calling. The First Time Bible Teacher podcast walks through some of the basic principles any Bible teacher needs to know. For this podcast, I draw from my 10+ years of Bible teaching experience and countless years of wisdom I've pulled from incredible mentors. S… read more

30 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Can You Study Too Much For A Sermon?

August 19th, 2019


Can you reach a point in your study where it stops being helpful? The answer to that might actually be yes! At some point, a Bible teacher needs to …

Handling In The Moment Teaching Requests

August 12th, 2019


In your teaching life, you'll often have plenty of time to prepare your sermon. But sometimes, you'll get almost no time at all. How can you respond …

Life Update and the Relationship Between Your Personal Life and Teaching Life

August 5th, 2019


We're back with new weekly episodes! This episode explains where there's been such a gap in time between the last episode and this episode and dives into the relationship your personal life needs to have with your …

Teaching Without A Pulpit

May 13th, 2019


For many, the desire to teach is more present than the opportunities. That doesn't mean that you can't hone your teaching gift now. This episode is designed to encourage you to develop your teaching abilities even if …

Pushing Through A Bad Teaching

April 29th, 2019


What do you do when you're in the middle of a teaching and it's not going well? For many, the answer is panic. While that may be the first response, …

Getting Feedback From Non-Teachers with My Wife!

April 22nd, 2019


Sometimes, we get too focused on what other teachers think of us. If we're not careful, we can teach only for other preachers, not the people sitting …

Honesty In Teaching

April 15th, 2019


When it comes to teaching the Bible, people need to know you're a real person. This episode dives into how we can be relatable by looking at four areas where honesty helps in teaching. For more info, visit

Creative Prep Methods, Teaching Discoveries & Deep-Dive Studying with Aaron Salvato

April 1st, 2019


This episode is an interview with Aaron Salvato, Founder of Hesed Creative, Podcast Director of the GoodLion Podcast Network and Former Youth Pastor of Calvary Chapel Vista. For more info, visit

Preaching To The Culture

March 25th, 2019


When we teach the Bible to people, we get a small part of their entire lives. The culture is teaching things to our listeners all the time and we …

Teaching That Encourages Discipleship

March 18th, 2019


To teach people well, we need to realize the limits that teaching has. Just like a classroom teacher uses homework, tests and so many other things to reinforce lessons, so Bible teachers need to think about using more …

Balancing Head and Heart Knowledge

March 11th, 2019


Ever feel like a teaching is just dry knowledge? On the other end, ever felt like a teaching was only meant to pull on your heartstrings without …

Preaching To Your People

March 4th, 2019


Teaching is a very personal thing. As you teach the Bible, you need to be very careful to consider the actual people you are standing in front of. …

The Role Of Prayer In Study

February 25th, 2019


In all of our reading, writing and prepping, the step that might be easiest to skip is prayer. Without prayer, we're just relying on ourselves. That's a dangerous place for any Bible teacher to be in. This episode helps …

Personal Study vs. Corporate Study

February 18th, 2019


In teaching the Bible, it's very easy to turn all Bible reading into message prep. This episode discusses the importance of making a distinction between personal study and corporate study. For more info, visit …

Teaching Is A Task, Not An Identity

February 11th, 2019


In teaching, it's very easy to define yourself by the way you teach. God never asks Bible teachers to identify themselves by the way they perform in teaching. This episode dives into the need to view teaching as a task …

Season 2 Teaser and Other Fun Stuff

January 28th, 2019


Brand new things are coming to First Time Bible Teacher! Make sure you've subscribed as the new season of First Time Bible Teacher starts on February 11th.

Simplicity In Teaching

September 17th, 2018


To teach effectively, a message needs to be simple enough to understand. This episode is all about keeping things simple so you can keep your audience with you. For more info, go to

Finding Your Voice

September 10th, 2018


Learning how to teach is one thing, but learning how to teach authentically is another. This episode is all about finding your own voice in preaching and learning to harness that. For more info, visit

Dynamics In Teaching

September 3rd, 2018


The energy with which you teach means almost as much as what you actually say. Your dynamic goes a long way in helping people interpret your message, for better or for worse. This episode is all about using your dynamic …

Commanding An Audience

August 27th, 2018


Bible teaching isn't about power, but it is about leadership. This episode discusses the importance of commanding your audience and provides some tips for capturing their attention. For more info, visit

Flow Within A Message

August 20th, 2018


Talking for 30 minutes about the Bible does not mean you've taught a message. This episode is all about making sure your points flow together in a way that makes sense. Using practical tips and real life examples, this …


August 13th, 2018


Using illustrations is key to teaching the Bible well. This episode goes over how to use illustrations well to enhance your message rather than distract from it. For more info, go to


August 6th, 2018


Bringing the Bible into real life is one of the chief jobs of Bible teachers. This episode dives into the art of applications, pulling specific …

Building Main Points

July 30th, 2018


Just like the headings in a book prepare you for what you're about to read next, your main points get people prepared for what you're about to say. This episode goes over how to think about main points, how to use them …


July 23rd, 2018


Closing out your message well is crucial, but so many people let their messages fall apart at the end. This episode explains how you can finish your message well and use your conclusion to help people remember the …


July 16th, 2018


They say you only have one chance to make a good first impression. That applies to teaching just as much as it does to meeting people. Your introduction is your moment to grip people and get them interested in your …

Teaching Notes

July 9th, 2018


When you are preparing your teachings, most of what you're doing is writing your notes. But sloppy notes can lead to sloppy teachings. This episode takes about the importance of your notes, gives some ideas about …

Message Prep

July 2nd, 2018


Teaching the Bible is like a pro football team, the product you see on Sunday depends on the preparation done during the week. For many first time teachers, preparing a teaching is such an overwhelming task that they …

The Teacher

June 25th, 2018


Before the teachings can be effective, the teacher must be ready. This episode focuses on the kind of heart a teacher should have and gives you some …

First Time Bible Teacher Season 1 Teaser

June 4th, 2018


A teaser of what the First Time Bible Teacher podcast will be all about. For more info, visit

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