If you’re someone interested in teaching God’s Word or if you’re responsible for recruiting teachers, make sure knowledge about God’s Word includes at least the following Bible Basics.
Bible Basics for Teachers of God’s Word
Use this acrostic as a guide or check list for the basics Bible teachers should know about God’s Word.
B – Beginning
The Bible starts with God … “in the beginning, God …” (Gen. 1:1), assuming the existence of God, the One of whom there is none greater.
Basic Because: Without this belief, it all pretty much falls apart, leading to doubts about its veracity and value.
A – Authority
Scripture provides an absolute standard because it was inspired by God Himself (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21), making Him both its Source and the Standard.
Basic Because: Without this premise, truth becomes relative, with people picking and choosing what to believe.
S – Structure
The Bible is composed of 66 books separated into two divisions, the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament begins with God’s creation of the heavens and earth and is then primarily about God’s relationship with Israel. The New Testament begins with the Gospels about the life and death of Jesus and then is primarily about the Church He established, consisting of believing Jews and Gentiles, and what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus now and through eternity.
Basic Because: Without this understanding, it is difficult for teachers to navigate the Bible, albeit help students find their way.
I – Intent
God intends for His Word to transform and thoroughly equip us to live for Him (Rom. 10:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; James 1:22), and especially that we get to know Him (Col. 1:9-10).
Basic Because: Without this purpose, we won’t teach for changed live but rather be satisfied with mere dissemination of knowledge.
C – Centerpiece
Scripture, both the Old and New Testament, points to Jesus and redemption in Him. The Old Testament looks forward to Jesus with many prophecies and types about Him. The New Testament looks back at Jesus’ work on the cross to bring salvation. (Jn. 1:45; 5:39, 46; 1 Pet. 1:10-11)
Basic Because: Without this focus, we miss the Bible’s central message of God seeking to bring those He created into a relationship with Himself through Jesus.
S – Summation
The Bible began with an earthly garden in which man’s choice resulted in separation from God and ends with a city in which Paradise is restored as all things are brought under His authority and made new.
Basic Because: Without this big picture, we don’t have hope and perspective to offer for how current life fits in to the message of God’s Word. (Rom. 15:4)
This four page document does not contain the above acrostic but does provide a brief recap about the authority, focus, theme, summary, and divisions of the Bible along with a panoramic view of God in the Bible. It also looks at implications for Bible teachers.