Effectively Teaching The Bible

Teaching God’s Word is not easy and everyone knows this. I have heard the following recommendations to help:

–Be intentional–which, near as I can tell, means “intend to do it while you are doing it” duh.
–Be engaging—humor, stories, fear-mongering, CNN video clips, etc
–Be like Jesus—tell parables, hug kids, heal people, give out free food, etc
–Be culturally relevant—wear jeans, swear, drink beer, meet in a bar, etc.
–Be academic—overheads, Greek, monotone reading of extended quotations, speaking more from Reformer’s books than the Bible, etc.
–Be Spirit Led—wing it. If you can’t come up with anything, speak in tongues or keep singing.

We all want easy steps to miraculous effectiveness. The Bible is the sole source we have for what God wants us to know and He does indeed want us to know it. That being the case, He has given us three easy steps for effective Bible teaching.

Teaching God’s Word requires experiential knowledge, Ezra prepared himself to teach his people by 1) seeking God’s Word, which meant he was frequently in it seeking guidance,
2) doing the things God’s Word said to do and
3) then teaching it to others. (Ezra 7:10)

Ezra had to know it and then do it before he went to step three, teaching it.

Paul says essentially the same thing. “Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:16).

Here’s the cool deal. One day we’ll all know it because we will all do it! When this present age is done with, God will stamp His word into all hearts and all people will do His will perfectly and “they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me” (Jeremiah 31:34).

How cool is that? Unfortunately, we aren’t there yet. So, endeavor to know God’s word, do it and then teach it. It’s that simple.

2 thoughts on “Effectively Teaching The Bible”

  1. My day job of professor gives me a little bit of insight into the discussion. Teaching is exhausting! You almost have to generate a telepathic link with your listeners, trying to make sure you’ve got them connected to your line of thought.

    Or, you can do like some fresh seminary graduates and think to yourself, (high sing-song voice) “Oh, I’m preaching God’s word! It will never return to me void!”

    Right. I used to think that about the Laplace transform, which is another eternal truth, although, since it’s a mathematical law, it still cannot give eternal life.

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