Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What Does Your Teaching Produce?

So My people come to you in crowds, sit in front of you, and hear your words, but they don’t obey them. Although they express love with their mouths, their hearts pursue dishonest profit. (Ezekiel 33:31, HCSB)

It seems today that when we talk about small groups, we measure success by the size of the crowd and the amount of knowledge imparted. Have we forgotten that what we know must change how we act? Have we forgotten that success isn't measured by the size of the crowd but by the maturity of the disciple? You see, if God's Word is really taught, then people's hearts will be transformed and their actions will reflect a different purpose. That purpose will not be driven by self-centered desires, but by servant-motivated actions. The person whose heart is changed will act humbly and not arrogantly. These people will be peacemakers, not dividers of the Body. They will seek out instead of shut out those who are lost. They will view sacrifice as an honor instead of an inconvenience.

As a teacher whose learners "sit before" me weekly, I desire for them to not only hear my words but to act on those words as their hearts are changed and as the Spirit works. I not only look for them to learn all the right answers, but to exhibit the right attitudes and actions. That means I must look for ways to teach that will lead them to pursue heart change.

Teaching is more than providing an eloquent presentation; rather it is the ability to lead a group to become doers. If I don't produce doers, then have I really taught anything?  As a teacher, what do you think?

I pray, Father, that, as a teacher of Your Word, I would seek to guide my Bible study group to be hungry for knowledge that would change their hearts and not just fill the intellectual reservoir of the mind.