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)