Effectively Teaching The Bible: Part 3

According to my last two posts (here and here) effectively teaching the Bible has three steps, based on Ezra 7:10 and 1 Timothy 4:16:

1) seek it
2) do it
3) teach it

If it’s that easy, why don’t more people do it? Two main reasons come to mind:

1) God’s Word asks you to do some pretty ridiculous things. You’ll feel largely foolish most of the time trying to do them. The gist of most of it is: no longer I but Christ. In other words, your life is gone, hid, replaced and that’s just not that much fun.

2) No one will listen anyhow so why ruin your life for no reason? The “revival” under Ezra was pretty much a disaster. It lasted about 4 minutes and then there was 400 years of silence from God. Paul was more or less alone (2 Timothy 4:16).

Doing these three steps will backfire in your face. Sure, it will save you and your hearers, problem is, there won’t be many hearers. There’s always been a remnant. The prophets were rejected and killed. Jesus was rejected and killed. The apostles were rejected and killed.

We are told to expect the same—all who live godly will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).

Meanwhile, everyone who uses modern entertainment tactics will have huge crowds, lots of money, power, prestige and all else (2 Timothy 4:3).

So, are ya sure you want to teach it?

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