Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What is the Goal of Your Instruction?

Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith . . .
  • Is your teaching based on a love for God and your group members?
  • Are you striving to keep your heart pure from the things that might distract, destroy, or detract from the message of the gospel?
  • When you stand before your group, do you do so with a clear conscience?
  • Is your faith sincere? Do you truly believe in the Word of God you are teaching? Do you believe His Word through His Spirit can change people's lives?
  • Are you teaching so others may embrace these same goals?
Some have deviated from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion . . .
  • Have you deviated from teaching His Word?  Are you leading fruitless discussions that are based on shared ignorance? Does your group desire to chase fads, the most recent popular writer, or a book about the Bible instead of the milk and meat of God's Word?
They want to be teachers of the law, although they don’t understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on.
  • Do you really want to be a teacher of God's Word? Is your instruction based upon consistent Bible study, and a clear understanding of God's desires and direction?
Let's all make sure our goals for teaching the Bible are focused on the right outcomes and originate from hearts that are pliable to God's instruction. Measure the results by what your instruction is producing - "love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith."