Jesus’ teaching ministry provides many valuable lessons for Bible teachers today.
What Bible Teachers Can Learn from Jesus, the Master Teacher
Here are just three of the many lessons we can learn about teaching God’s Word from the Master Teacher:
- His Power Source: submission to God as seen in His prayer life
Jesus enveloped what He did with prayer. He prayed before, during, and after. “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Lk. 5:16). He made prayer a priority. He had purpose in praying. His disciples learned the value of prayer from His example. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray'” (Lk. 11:1).
Question for Bible Teachers: Are your students learning from your example of submission and dependence on the Father?
Help for Bible Teachers: Praying Like You Truly Believe HE is the Source of All You Need
- His Character: servanthood as seen in His selfless acts of love for others
Jesus laid aside His heavenly glory, “taking the very nature of a servant” (Phil. 2:7). “For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mk. 10:45). “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13). Jesus invested into the lives of His students. He did not merely teach lessons.
Question for Bible Teachers: Are you truly there to serve students and not merely teach a lesson?
Help for Bible Teachers: DISCIPLESHIP: Isn’t teaching a lesson enough?
- His Methodology: storytelling as seen in His constant use of parables
While Jesus used a variety of methods, His primary means of reaching the masses was through parables (stories) as seen in Matthew 13:34-35 and Mark 4:33-34. Jesus used familiar objects and situations from their culture in stories to make connections. People were able to identify with the characters or situations which challenged them to want to understand more (Mk. 4:10) or make up their minds about what they would do with the Truth (Matt. 21:45-46).
Question for Bible Teachers: Are you effectively using stories to connect with your students?
Help for Bible Teachers: Keys to Visualizing the Story Without Visual Aids