Posted by: missionventureministries | November 8, 2018

QUALITIES A BIBLE OR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER MUST HAVE – 2 Timothy 2:15

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

The highest work given to humans is that of winning souls. It is the work which Christ Himself came into the world to do. Jesus’ part was to reveal the love of God and then make redemption for lost men; the seeking of the lost, He committed to His disciples. He is the only Savior, but human messengers must tell the story of His grace and bring men to Him.

So let us take a look at some vital qualifications a Sunday school Teacher or a Bible teacher must have:

They must be called, anointed and appointed by God.

They must be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, meaning that they must come to Christ, before they can teach about Christ. People are not ready to be entrusted with the care of souls, until their own soul is saved and they are following Christ.

They must have an in depth knowledge of Christ; it is not enough to know about Him, a person must love Him and know Him. A personal relationship with Christ is a necessary qualification for anyone considering being a teacher or being allowed to teach.

A prospective teacher must be familiarity with the Scriptures and must be a diligent student of the Word. They must present the True Character of our Holy God, His creativity, purity, compassion, power, judgment and righteous wrath.

A teacher needs to be able to teach sound doctrine and be spiritually mature. He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil” (1 Timothy 3:6).

An effective Bible teacher not only tells students what they need to know but also demonstrates it by his or her own life through actions, words, and attitudes both in and outside of the classroom. If a teacher is not a godly person, they are not fit to teach and give other needy people vital life guidance.

If a teacher does not know how to manage their own family, they will not know how to take care of teaching God’s word to others. Discipline and respect for God must start at home.

Those who have the responsibility to teach God’s Word, interpreting the meaning of a passage of Holy Scriptures to a class of children, young people or anyone else, should take time in preparing, so that the teaching is clear, interesting and inspiring. Young minds are very impressionable and their hearts are open to influences which will shape their whole life. Therefore, the most careful and thorough preparation is required by this awesome responsibility.

Teachers must make God real to their pupils. Those being taught must get inspired from our teaching to help them live with faith and hope as they learn to obey God’s commandments. No one can ever teach more of Christ than they themselves know through personal closeness and friendship with Christ. Therefore, it is a serious responsibility to become a teacher to children or anyone else. The Bible tells us that: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1)

Every teacher needs to maintain the habit of daily Bible reading as a devotional exercise. The great men of the Bible were all lovers of God’s Word. The people of Israel were taught to read it continually, to hide it in their hearts, and to meditate upon it day and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Job esteemed the words of God’s mouth more than his necessary food. We know where Mary learned the sweet lessons which made her life so fulfilled, she sat at the Master’s feet and heard Jesus’ words, and His words transformed her.

It is very important that those who lead the young in spiritual things should themselves have a rich experience of the love of Christ. Every teacher should be a close friend of Christ, living for Him, and learning from His Holy Word, eager to be taught and led by the Holy Spirit, because it is God’s will for us, that we should bear much fruit.

No one is ready to teach until they have some reasonable knowledge of the way of salvation. How can anyone teach others what they have not learned? How can anyone guide inexperienced feet along paths over which they have never walked? How can a teacher lead his pupils to a Savior he has not found for himself? How can he make plain to eager, inquiring minds, truths concerning life which he himself has never learned by experience?

A teacher must know the truths of the Bible and interpret them correctly if he or she is to teach or be allowed to teach.

A teacher should be holy in heart and life. He or she should be completely under the influence of the Spirit and should be filled unto all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). A teacher should be filled with the Holy Spirit; this will make him a new person (2 Corinthians 5:17) and prepare him to be a successful winner of souls.

More mature believers are better equipped to teach and equip members of the church. They also have more experience in dealing with the temptations and stresses of the Christian life. And, they are more aware of their own shortcomings, so they are less likely to become arrogant. For these reasons, a person who is new in their faith should not be given spiritual authority over others.

It is very sad to see a person getting converted and barely understanding the gospel and in no time they are teaching Sunday school or a Bible study.

Hasty appointment of a new believer bypasses the character qualifications, for it takes time for the fruits of sanctification to become evident (2 Peter 1:3-11). Remember that authority comes with humility and humility comes with time.

How is your church choosing to shepherd the flock?

 

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  1. Thanks for your article on qualities a Bible study or Sunday school teacher needs to have. I was to teach Sunday school workers on this specific topic but due to tight schedules I couldn’t have time to prepare my own…..and while searching, this article helped me a lot.. Captain Mathew from Uganda.

    • Praise the Lord Captain Dramdri, the Lord is good and He provides when we search Him with all our heart. Blessings to you and those you teach.


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