The Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Jesus at the start of His ministry. Of Jesus, Isaiah 11:2 says, “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” If Jesus, in human form, served through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, how much more do teachers need to rely on the work of the Spirit in and through their lives?
When Jesus ascended back to heaven, He did not leave His followers on their own to minister in their own strength and human wisdom. He sent the promised Spirit to empower, gift, teach, and guide them (Jn. 14:16-17, 26; 1 Cor. 2: 10-12; 12:7-11; Gal. 5:16-25). This Spirit would live within those who put their trust in Jesus for salvation (Jn. 14:16-17). The work of the Spirit was to be so critical that Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Spirit to come before advancing in the cause of Christ (Acts 1:4). If the early church needed such supernatural power for ministry, we certainly must conclude that the Spirit’s work is still essential to effective Bible teaching in today’s world.
The Holy Spirit will work within teachers as they prepare the lesson, present the lesson, and follow-up with students.
The Holy Spirit will work within students to prepare them, help them understand Truth, and guide them in the application of truth.
Help teachers learn to appropriate the work of the Holy Spirit using the 12 session devotional, The Holy Spirit & My Teaching Devotional, available through the MinTools.com store. They will reflect on the work of the Spirit as it applies to their teaching.
Teacher Training Resources: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Teaching