Teaching anyone is a big responsibility. Many times, people only know what they have been taught. I remember when I was in middle school that my friends and I would joke about teaching colors wrongly. Imagine if you learned your colors wrong! You learn blue is green, green is red, and red is blue.. This would cause so much trouble in your life! This is a silly example, but we must realize that teaching is a big responsibility; even more so the teaching of God’s word. How do we treat this great responsibility today?
I began teaching the Bible when I was a teenager. I admit that I didn’t know enough about the Bible at all, but I was given the chance to teach. I am thankful for this exposure in my teenager years because it drove me to learn more about the Bible. As I began teaching I needed to know what the Bible said about teaching, so I did a short study. Below are my notes:
As a teacher, be humble, patient, and courteous when explaining the truth. You have studied for many hours, so you are familiar with the lesson. It could be the first time your students have hear the story or truth so be patient with them.
Do not provoke argumentation.
Listen to questions and treat them respectfully. Do not get into foolish debates. It isn’t all that important to hear what I have to say, but what the word of God says. (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
When teaching you must have a prepared heart. (Ezra 7:6-10)
Glorify God in teaching and in everything you do. Teaching the Bible is not for self-glory, but all for the glory of God! (Matthew 7:15)
Be bold in your faith and teaching, but do not harm the faith of the little ones. (Mark 9:42)
God must be an everyday aspect of life. God’s word in the same respect should be taught as an everyday part of life. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Encourage your students to go and study the lessons that are taught. This will boost their walk with God and confirm the truth taught in class. (Acts 17:11)
Teaching the Bible is the greatest thing in the world, but we must also realize that it is a great responsibility. We as Bible teachers must do our best to rightly divide the word of truth and faithfully teach all the truths of the word of God!