A good example of the benefit of restudying familiar Bible stories

If you’ve studied the Bible very long with any kind of genuine interest (2 Timothy 2:15) then you’ve no doubt had those moments when something “new” stands out to you in the middle of a familiar section of scripture. Such was the case this past Sunday during our adult Bible study class…perhaps this post should be titled, “A good example of the benefit of restudying familiar Bible stories in a Bible class setting“.

The topic of the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations” study last week was about the ole’ chief tax collector named Zacchaeus. You know, that’s the story of the tree climbing short guy with a faith that stood head and shoulders above the crowd. I’ve read the account several times over. I’ve even wrote a few articles and preached a couple of sermons about Jesus and Zacchaeus. But I still hadn’t notice every out in the open lesson there was to notice about Luke 19:1-10. And no doubt I still haven’t.

You see, I can’t recall how many times I’ve read, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” But I can recall how many times I noticed that Jesus called to Zacchaeus by name – that would be a big fat zero! And it may have stayed that way until a brother with a perceptive mind noticed it.

The Bible story of Jesus and Zacchaeus isn’t the only time that Jesus interacts with someone by using their name, or their personal information, without any scriptural indication that Jesus and the particular person had any previous interactions (John’s gospel is replete with these instances). But for me it was another chance to see how easy it is to learn something new from a familiar section of God’s word. And I hope it’s a chance for you too.

But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.” (Matthew 221:31-33)

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An Acrostic Lesson on What Being A Bible Teacher is All About

Bible class teachers are an invaluable resource to the church. From young children to adults, a good Bible class has the opportunity to make impressions that often last longer and even go deeper than many sermons due to the nature of the situation. So here’s a little acrostic lesson to encourage those of you who are striving to be good Bible class teachers and something else to consider for those of you who may be thinking about making the effort to teach.

What Being a Bible Teacher is All About

T” stands for time. You cannot be a productive teacher unless you are willing to give your time. Successful teachers spend their time on others. Making time to study and prepare material for class should be a priority.

E” stands for energy. No matter the age group being taught, energy should go into the lesson. The best way to get the “potential” energy out of a class is by meeting it head on with some “kinetic” (active) energy.

A” stands for ambition. A person must have a self-motivating desire to have a successful class. A student can only get out of a class what a teacher puts into it. Ambitious students start with ambitious teachers.

C” stands for care. A teacher must care about their students emotionally and spiritually. When a teacher truly cares about their students and their own responsibilities it can be shown by the above attributes. Actions speak.

H” stands for heart. You cannot make someone be a great or successful Bible teacher. Their heart must be in it. Without heart there will be no time, energy, ambition or care for the class. Proper hearts mean proper motives.

E” stands for excellence. A successful teacher expects and pushes the students towards excellence. A true teacher desires the growth of the class. What’s a class unless there are expectations? Give the best; expect the best.

R” stands for return. A return is what you will get from doing the above. Most importantly, a return is what students will get by watching a good teacher’s characteristics. After all, someone else will have to teach that class one day.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;…” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 – NKJV)

Being a Bible teacher means striving for the spread of the truth one verse and one lesson at a time. Let’s use the time we are given to teach wisely. Someone is depending on you, and someone else will reward you.

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (Matthew 25:23 – NKJV)

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Question: Your last sermon or Bible Clas…

Question: Your last sermon or Bible Class Text? “jealousies” (zelos) – Ga 5:20. “envy” (phthonos) – Ga 5:21. Though not together in the same verse, they sometimes occur together in the Scriptures… There are cases where one has to be defined in contrast to the other. And it helps to better understand them when we consider them together. A copy of the full lesson may be found at my Word Press blog; Infractions Of The Law Of Love – II http://jimnewsted.preachersfiles.com/


There are so many examples that inspired…

There are so many examples that inspired me. One big one that comes to mind is my cousin’s husband, Jackie Burch. Jackie was a gospel preacher and is now an elder in the church. He taught my Bible class at camp one summer when I was 14 or so. I’ll not forget him. Anytime someone made a statement, as to answer a question in class, he would respond with “prove it”. He gave us an assignment: prove that the church was started on the day of Pentecost. That’s when I started digging, started pulling scriptures together. I was so excited that I stayed up until after midnight working it. The more I found, the more excited I got. And I learned that everything I believe can and should be provable in the scriptures. Unfortunately, I was the only person in my class who actually did the assignment.