When you are about to teach, do you “read” from the curriculum book or do you “teach” because you know the content and the Bible story?
Do you know the ins and outs of the Bible story you are relaying, or did you just read the story yourself 5 minutes before class?
Do you have an idea where the Bible story is in the Bible itself? Meaning: where is the story located in the books of the Bible?
What is the historical context surrounding the Bible story?
I’m asking all these questions because I think it is REALLY important that we who are teachers of the Bible are educated, well versed and intentional about the content we share. It goes without saying that “we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1), right?
Sadly, I know many who just read what the curriculum book says to read instead of internalizing the Bible story and relaying the passion, the context, the excitement, and effect of the events.
Maybe the question should be:
Do we really believe what we are selling?
I know, I know… of course we do… why on earth would you be asking such a silly question.
Because I don’t think many of us as Bible teachers take our charge as seriously as we should, me included.
A little bit ago, I was coasting along, enjoying the ride, and not really studying and growing in the Bible stories like I should have. I was depending on all the past things that I knew and I would be fine. They were just kids, right? How much more do I need to teach them than what I, myself, already know?
I remember thinking that statement out loud and was really convicted by it. It also chastened me to not take the teaching position lightly.
How well do you know the Bible?
If you as a child of God yourself are growing in the grace and knowledge of the Gospel, then that will spillover to the kids you are teaching. They will know, even sense, that this matters… that this is important.
I can almost guarantee that the students in your class know if you really believe this stuff or not. They can tell by the way you teach and how much of yourself you bring to the table.
If you are a teacher, you should be constantly growing in your knowledge of the Bible and in your relationship with Christ. If you are not, then you should seriously consider that James 3:1 passage. Please make sure that you are constantly allowing the Holy Spirit to make the needed corrections and adjustments in your life.
The children you teach… they are God’s children. And knowing this should encourage and exhort all of us who are called to be teachers, to teach as if their eternal soul depended on it.