In a previous post we looked at the big picture Bible teachers need about God’s laws. Out of that perspective, the following tips for teaching about God’s laws become obvious. If you did not yet read that post, I encourage you to read it first. Bible teachers need to understand God’s heart in providing His law so they can help students grab His intent.
1) Emphasize the pragmatic value in obeying God’s commands.
God’s laws are for our good, to protect and guide us, not to restrict and overwhelm us.
2) Use the law to point people to their need of a Savior.
No one can perfectly keep the law which would be required to be in a relationship with a perfect, righteous, and holy God. To break even one law, is to break them all (James 2:10). All fall short (Rom. 3:23). All are in need of a Savior. We cannot work our way into salvation. — “know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” (Gal. 2:16)
3) Focus on the real purpose in obeying God’s laws … to show love for God.
Since we cannot be justified by keeping the law (Gal. 2:16), there needs to be a higher purpose in obeying God’s commands. Otherwise, we might as well sin since good deeds won’t save us. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 6:15, “By no means!” “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.” (2 Jn. 1:6)
4) Understand that by nature we are a rebellious people so don’t give up on people but rather, fervently pray for them.
Even though teachers might implement the above tips, students will still struggle to obey God’s laws, or to obey for the right reasons. They cannot do so in their own power. They need to walk in the Spirit so they “will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).
The Ten Commandments and other laws of God can be taught but be sure to keep that teaching within context of the big picture perspective of God’s laws.