Bible Illiterate Teachers Produce Bible Illiterate Students

None of us have a complete understanding of God’s Word.

Yet, if we are going to teach the Bible, we need to at least have some basic understandings and beliefs.

What Bible Teachers Need to Know About God’s Word:

about the authority of the Bible – It’s inspired by God.
about the focus of the Bible – It’s about God.
about the theme of the Bible – It’s God’s love story.

Teachers should have a big picture, summary understanding of the Bible and its representation of God.  Though there isn’t an exact chronological timeline through the Bible, there is a flow showing how God has been at work through the ages to bring people into a relationship with Him.

Help teachers gain this understanding with the What Bible Teachers Need to Know About God’s Word Worksheet available through the MinTools.com store.

Why Bible Teachers Need to Know This About God’s Word:

  • What we believe about the Bible has implications for how we teach it.
  • What we understand the Bible to be about has implications for how we present the God of Scriptures to others and how we answer students’ questions.

If teachers do not have an adequate and accurate handle on the Word, how are they going to help students in their understanding?  Bible illiterate teachers produce Bible illiterate students.

Bible teachers, and those who lead them, must take 2 Timothy 2:15 seriously —

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

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.  (Js. 3:1)

If your teachers do not have at least a basic understanding about God’s Word, that is where training should begin.

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