What is Bible teaching anyway?
If I had to narrow it down to four steps, they would be the following:
1. helping others to learn
2. giving guidance
3. being concerned with the growth of a person
4. Biblical interpretation.
Now let’s look closely at each of these. Helping others to learn places emphasis on what the learner does, not just on what the teacher says. Teaching and learning are inseparably related. I discovered asking question helped students to arrive with answers. The answers they acquired were actually the product of their own thinking. As a teacher I have a helping role- I could help make learning easy but the student’s must do the actual work of learning.
The teacher acts as a guide, showing the way, getting the student on the right path. Let the student know if they are getting off the right path. Then let them know when they get it right.
A teacher must be concerned with the growth of the students. It is a important to provide a climate which is conducive to personal growth. I Believe what is really important is the fact that teachers are “laborers together with God.” I must acknowledge my dependence upon God in the classroom. Christian teachers must always keep in focus our Lord’s reminder, “when the, the sprit of truth, is come he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13)
Biblical interpretation is basic to all Christian teaching. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32) this makes biblical knowledge mandatory for the Christian. Biblical interpretation is not just a verse-by-verse explanation of the words of the Bible. It goes beyond this. The ultimate purpose of Bible study is not to tell people things about God; not to tell the story of Jesus, but to lead individuals to experience Jesus and live under his lordship.
A Bible teacher’s task is to help people become loving persons with a concern for all people just like Jesus. There are many different ways to interpret the meaning of Scriptures to students, but we must always remember the Bible is the foundation of salvation ands Christian discipleship. To divide rightly the word of truth as found in the Bible must always be a central concern for the Christian teacher.
To summarize, teaching and learning are inseparably related. A teacher’s work ought to result in learning. Learning is a wonderful adventure. Let’s do this adventure together. Click to see these teachings by some bible teachers.