The Goal for Bible Teachers
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Our goal as Bible teachers should be to see people's lives changed but specifically what needs to be changed?
From worldly, self-centered traits to godly virtues, the fruit of the Spirit (Col. 3:12-15; 2 Pet. 1:3-9; Gal. 5:22-26)
From an impure, divided heart to a clean, fully-devoted heart (Ps. 51:10; Prov. 4:23; Matt. 22:37; Lk. 6:45; Col 3:23)
From a proud, self-serving disposition to one of humility and servanthood not entitlement (Phil. 2:3-7; Eph. 4:22-23)
From the old enslaving sinful human nature to the new Christ-like, Spirit-filled nature (Rom 7:5, 18, 25; 8:4-13; 13:14; Gal 5:1e-26; 6:8; Eph 2:3; Col 2:11-13; Col 3:5; 2 Pet. 1:4)
From impatient, conditional, and unforgiving relationships to dispensers of His grace living in community and true fellowship with one another (1 Pet. 4:8-10; Eph. 4:22-32; Col. 3:15-17)
From too weak and powerless to overcome to strong in the Lord and able to persevere even in suffering and opposition (Isa. 40:30-31; Eph. 6:10-17; 2 Pet. 1:3)
From ignorant and foolish to not just knowing the truth but also understanding it and being able to see its implications for life (Rom. 12:2; Heb. 5:14; Col. 1:9-10)
Learn How to Teach for Changed Lives
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Notice that the above acrostic does not specifically include change in behavior, deeds, action.
Conformity to God's will is very important. We are to be doers of the Word.
If we love the Lord, we will obey His commands.
However, the Lord is looking for change from the inside out. When our character, heart, attitudes, and nature change and when we are filled with His grace, energy, and discernment, we act the way we should.
In teaching for changed lives, let's make sure we work toward God's order for change. When our teaching focuses more on what is listed above, it affects not only our goals but also our emphasis in teaching, the way we teach, and the way we treat students.