Those who teach children should read study #100 for children.
Prayer. ďLord, help us to teach the way that Jesus and His apostles did.Ē
Choose activities that fit current needs and local customs.
Find in Hebrews 4:12 how God compares His Word to a sword.
Learn from Matthew 13 guidelines for teaching.
Find in verses 1-2, if Jesus stood behind a pulpit to teach.
[Answer: Jesus sat, as He often did, to teach. Sometimes He sat in a boat. He taught where the people were, not in a classroom. His disciples saw him model his pastoral skills in a way that they could easily imitate. Good teachers do the same.]
Find in verses 3-9 & 34-45 Jesusí method of teaching a crowd.
[Answer: Jesus illustrated Godís truths with stories. People can easily recall stories and tell them to others. Also, Jesus did not ask the public to take part in discussion. Good teachers do not ask new believers to talk until they are ready.]
Find in verses 10-11& 36 Jesusí method of teaching disciples.
[Answer: Jesus listened to his discipleís questions and conversed with them. He also adapted His style of teaching to the size and spiritual maturity of the group.]
Tip. Avoid monologues (doing all the talking). Pulpit oratory does not fit new flocks with new leaders. If leaders do all of the talking, then the devil lures them into pride, and they only scold the believers and discourage them. The New Testament gives 38 activities to do with one another. Many activities are repeated several times. Activities include having fellowship one with another, as well as to forgiving, confessing our faults, correcting and admonishing one another. Such interaction happens well only in small groups.
Find in verses 12-17, if the Holy Spirit produces the same effect in all who hear the Word.
Find in verses 18-23, the meaning of Jesusí story about a farmer sowing in a field.
[Answer: Let Godís Word take root in our hearts, and the Holy Spirit will make the Word bear fruit.]
Find in verses 24-30 & 37-43, why we need the Spirit to enlighten us to discern truthful teaching.
Find in verses 31-33, the size of benefits that can come from a little bit of teaching.
Find in verses 44-50, the final result of receiving Godís Word, compared with rejecting it.
Find in verse 52, if teachers should use varied resources.
[Answer: Jesus did not use the common, analytical method of schools that present fragmented details about a doctrine in neat lists. Jesus brought together things from the Old and New Covenants, from history and current life. People can understand God and His truths better when they see them put together to form a single picture. God is too active, too life-changing and too near to our hearts to sort Him into lists of isolated attributes and operations. That is like trying to appreciate the beauty of a painting by analyzing the chemical makeup of its colours.]
Find in verses 51-52, how Jesus made sure that people applied His teaching.
asked questions. He and His disciples
talked with listeners to verify their understanding. Good teachers help
believers to discuss the teaching and plan to apply it.]
Help people to discuss a Bible text by asking four Bible Discussion Questions:
1. What did you like about the text?
2. What questions do you have about it?
3. What promise or command did you find in it?
4. What shall we plan to do, in order to apply it?
Learn the purpose of teaching in Ephesians 4:11-16:
Find in verses 11-12, who should serve the flock as a result of good teaching.
Find in verses 13-16,
things that occur as a result of good teaching. Also find in what way
is done along with the other activities that God requires of a church
Train new teachers. Go over with them the list of guidelines above. Let them help teach during worship times and in homes.
Help workers that you are mentoring in new congregations to follow these guidelines.
Visit folk in their
homes to find out their needs and questions, so you can teach on these
Explain how Godís Word is like a sword (Hebrews 4:12).
Explain the guidelines for teaching that you found in Matthew chapter 13.
Tell, or act out, one or more of the parables in Matthew 13. Then ask the four questions listed above, to help everyone discuss a Bible passage.
Let the children present what they have prepared.
Before taking the Lordís Supper read 1 Kings 8:10-13 about King Solomon dedicating Godís temple. Explain that we Christians are Godís temple, because His Holy Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Let those who have taught Godís Word to their families, or in other peopleís homes, tell how God transformed their lives.
Memorise together Colossians 3:16.