Be-Attitudes for Teachers: A Devotional for Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)
If you are going to teach to change lives, then you need to be Bible-based. God's Word is clear that "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" (Rom. 10:17). Scripture is that which is "able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" and that which is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Tim. 3:15-16). And, it is the Bible that is "sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Heb. 4:12).
Here's the catch. Your students can know the Word and still not change. The Pharisees knew the letter of the law. They quoted the Word and fervently taught it with great zeal. Nonetheless, they missed the message ... the Person.
The Bible must be treated as more than a textbook. The Word is a doorway through which God chooses to step into lives. According to Colossians 1:9-10, the ultimate objective of being filled "with the knowledge of His will" is that you grow "in the knowledge of God" Himself.
The Bible is about relationship. If your teaching of the Word stops short of that, all you will do is produce scholars. If you use the Word to connect people with God Himself, you will cultivate changed lives.
To get to that point in your teaching, the Word must first "dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16). When that happens, the Bible becomes the very basis of your life. You do "not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). You find His words to be "more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb" (Ps. 19:10).
More importantly, you delight in the God of Scripture. You know and understand that the "Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us" (Jn. 1:14). The written Word draws you into a vibrant relationship with the living Word. You are changed. Now you are ready to "teach and admonish one another with all wisdom" (Col. 3:16)
For Teachers: Do a spiritual inventory to assess whether you are allowing the Word to richly dwell in you. First read Psalm 19:7-11 where you will find characteristics resident in someone truly affected by the Word. Then ask yourself:
- Is my soul regularly being refreshed? (v. 7a)
- Do I find the wisdom I need for ministry and life? (v. 7b)
- Am I able to be joyful and thankful in all circumstances? (v. 8a)
- Am I usually able to see where I am to go? (v. 8b)
- Do I have a confidence? (v. 9)
- Do I look forward to time in God's Word? (v. 10)
- Do I sense a check in my spirit when I am headed in the wrong direction? (v. 11a)
- Do I feel blessed? (v. 11b)
For Leaders: Do you observe the above characteristics happening in the lives of the people who are ministered to in your department? What can you do to increase the potential for seeing this result?
For Group Use: Ask the teachers to honestly take the above assessment. Break into small groups to share impressions and pray for one another.Share This with Others:
(Last updated 8/01/17)
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