Disciplemaking teachers commit to making an investment into the lives of their students not merely showing up just to teach a lesson. Here are some frequently asked questions about that.
3 FAQ Questions Bible Teachers Have about Their Role in Discipleship
Why isn’t teaching a Bible lesson enough?
God commissions all believers to make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). Bible teachers are in a unique position to do so since students come to them, to their class. When we see teaching as an investment into people’s lives rather than just showing up, teaching, and doing what we need to get by, our purpose, perspective, and passion goes to a whole different level. That is addressed in this article: Are Your Bible Teachers Making an Investment or Just Getting By? You can also find help working through this question in this worksheet: DISCIPLESHIP: Isn’t teaching a lesson enough?
What’s the ultimate goal of discipleship?
If we look at Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples, we see that the goal is two-fold — baptizing them and teaching them to obey. So, in discipleship we have these two objectives: 1) to help people find and express their identity in the Lord (That’s what happens in baptism.) 2) to help people align with the Lord (That’s what happens when we obey everything He commands us.) In essence, it’s about helping people become full devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
What if my students don’t want to be discipled?
We can’t force people to spend time outside of the classroom in discipleship efforts but we certainly can make the best use of the time we have in-class or any other contact we might have with them. View discipling as developing an environment conducive to growth, not merely another meeting or program. In this environment we help to create a thirst within them. Coupled with much prayer, over time, those students may want to drink.
Our role for some students may just be to lay a foundation, planting a seed, so to speak, that someone else will water down the road and then someone else, etc., until the seed begins to sprout. — This is why we should never give up. Many stories have been told by Bible teachers of students seen as apathetic and not wanting to grow spiritually, years down the road relaying how God used those teachers in ways they never would have imagined. Bottom line: Our responsibility is to be faithful stewards. We trust God to bring the growth. See 1 Corinthians 3:6-15.