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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What Kind Of Musical Instrument?

I took piano lessons for 15 years and enjoyed playing the classics, but I don’t play anymore.

My father wanted me to become a piano teacher, but I had neither the right amount of talent nor the desire to become one. I still enjoy listening to all genres of music. If I had it to do over again, I would probably learn to play the guitar instead of the piano because of the beautiful sound it produces.

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Creativity In Teaching Is Disdained

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School here in El Paso, has written another good article regarding the use of creativity and innovation in the classroom:

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Incivility Overpowers Our Society

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics.

In his Thursday article,, he points out the following:

“I applaud any effort by school officials to promote decorum and civility in the school milieu. However, I am acutely aware of the fact that family, community, and the popular culture play a larger and more defining role in children’s lives than schools.”

Yes, education begins in the home (Ephesians 6:4; cf. Genesis 18:16-19).

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The Power Of Kindness

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics. In this week’s article, he emphasizes the important role kindness plays in the education of our children:

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Teaching Our Children The Power Of The Pen

This morning, I thought I would share another one of Ramnath Subramanian’s articles with the fellows. Ramnath is a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso who submits an article each Thursday for the El Paso Times on educational topics.

As he points out in this article, we need to teach our children the power of creative writing, and the ability to communicate, not only with words, but adding color and imagination to those words:


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Our government is the potent, the omnipr…

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches people by example. If the government becomes the law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law and invites every man to become a law unto himself.

Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941)

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Do I Like To Travel?

Do I like to travel? No, not any more – can’t afford to travel. I got all of my traveling done when I was in the US Air Force. I went to the Far West (Okinawa, Japan, Thailand) and the Far East (England, France, Germany), and that’s about as “far” as I want to go. When I was in high school, my family took a trip to Canada and one summer, my music teacher and I went on a trip to the northern, eastern and southern part of the United States. So, I’ve just about seen it all. My grandmother once told me, “Mike, when you’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen ’em all.” The older I get, the more I believe she was right.

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Pop Culture Has Terrible Influence On Children

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso who writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics, emphasizes an important need of our society in his most recent article – discipline.

His ending remark says it all: “It is time to put our fiddles away, and reclaim America.”

To that remark, I say, “Amen” and “Amen.”

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Wearer Of Many Hats

My best talent? I’m a jack-of-all-trades, master of absolutely none! Wearer of many hats. My high school speech teacher once gave us students some good advice. She told us, “know something about everything, and everything about something.” Well, I took her advice. It hasn’t made me rich, but it has made me a well-rounded individual. I can intelligently converse with people on almost any subject.

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James merely says that the judgment of t…

James merely says that the judgment of teachers will be especially strict because greater responsibility rests on teachers. The reason for this is that the teacher’s essential instrument – the tongue – which is so easily misused, has great influence.

Donald W. Burdick, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: James, p. 186

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The Lord Giveth

This is an excellent nudge. All too often we think our talents are ours and we become puffed up, thinking that God had nothing to do with it. Blessed be our great God who gives to us over and over again!

So with what talents has God blessed me? I think first and foremost, God gave me eyes, ears, and mental capacity to read, hear, and understand His word. Second to that, He gave me the ability to impart knowledge to others, both verbally and in written form. (There are other talents, but that is enough for now.) What I do with those talents is up to me, but I do believe the Bible teaches that God will hold me accountable for how I use those talents.

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