Teachers Mustn’t Assume

Just because a student has been going to church all his/her life, doesn’t mean he/she is a true believer.

Going to church doesn’t make a person a believer.

Just because a student seems to know what the Bible says, doesn’t mean he/she is a true believer.

Even demons know/believe what the Bible says (James 2:19). Head knowledge doesn’t make a person a believer.

Just because a student seems to walk the walk, doesn’t mean he/she is a true believer.

Many people are good and sincere.  Doing good works, however, doesn’t make a person a believer.

Just because a student says he/she is a Christian, doesn’t mean he/she is a true believer.

Some people think that because they aren’t atheists or Jews or of other persuasions, they must be a Christian.  What you aren’t doesn’t make a person a believer.

Teachers mustn’t assume a student has a personal relationship with God because of outward appearance.  True conversion is a heart issue.  Only God knows what is in a person’s heart.  Only God can change a person’s heart.  God will use a teacher and other believers to lead people to Himself but ultimately His Spirit regenerates.

In light of this, encourage and remind your teachers to:
  • regularly pray for all students because God knows their true spiritual condition
  • occasionally present the Gospel message even if it is believed all students in the class are believers
  • always keep pace with the Spirit of God so as not to push ahead of the work He is doing in someone’s heart, nor to lag behind

(The Some Outreach Do’s & Don’ts for the Adult Classroom worksheet, available through the MinTools.com store, provides these reminders to teachers of adult classes.)

Teacher Training Resources:  Outreach Efforts

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