Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So, You Want to Teach the Bible?

Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment.

Teaching the Bible is an honor. Many churches approach the enlisting of a Bible study teacher with great caution because of the importance of the role. Still, other churches seem to throw caution to the wind when enlisting a Bible study teacher.

Whether a church went to great pains to prayerfully pursue you for teaching the Bible, or whether they enlisted you carelessly, the Bible places a great responsibility on you as a Bible study leader. We will all be judged with a stricter accountability from God. Because of this, teachers should consider the following:
  • You should be more concerned about your fitness for teaching than with the benefits you might receive.
  • You may receive added prominence from the position, but you will also fall under stricter scrutiny from God. 
  • You have been entrusted with God's loved ones. Take seriously what you teach and who you teach.
The words in James 3:1 are not meant to discourage anyone from becoming a teacher. They are only meant to raise the dignity of the position by pointing out the dangers and responsibilities for those who might otherwise neglect these requirements.

God, may we evaluate our lives as teachers to make sure we are living up to the spiritual qualifications expected for those who are entrusted to teach God's Word to His people.