Bible Teacher’s Role as a Disciplemaker

Carefully read Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples” and you’ll find teaching a part of the process. Consequently, it only makes sense to suggest that Bible teachers view disciplemaking as part of their job description.

How the Great Commission Shapes the Bible Teacher’s Role as a Disciplemaker

Typically a job description includes helpful information about a person’s role. We can break down the Great Commission in ways that depict different aspects of disciplemaking, consequently shaping their role as disciplemakers.

Disciplemaking Teachers & the Great Commissionwho they answer to or are responsible to

Great Commission: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore  …”

Consequently, disciplemaking teachers follow Jesus’ agenda.

how much of an investment they’re expected to make

Great Commission: “go and make disciples”

Consequently, disciplemaking teachers make an investment.

who they are responsible for

Great Commission: “… make disciples of all nations”

Consequently, disciplemaking teachers have inclusive classrooms.

what they’re responsible to accomplish

Great Commission: “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Consequently, disciplemaking teachers have life changing goals.

support they will be given to do their job

Great Commission: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Consequently, disciplemaking teachers are never alone.

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Teaching Students to Become Givers

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God wants us to be good stewards of what He’s given but if we want students to be willing and cheerful givers, we’ve got to get beyond mere stewardship. They need to understand other biblical concepts about giving.

Acrostic of What Students Need to Understand to Become a Giver that Pleases God

Two chapters in the New Testament, 2 Corinthians 8-9, provide some insight into what tends to motivate people to be the kind of givers pleasing to God. You would do well to read these verses as only the references will be listed below.

G – Grace

Bible teachers who help their students understand and grab hold of God’s grace in their lives, will tend to see more of a tendency for them to be gracious and generous with others. See: 2 Cor. 8:7-9

I – Investment

When we view giving as more of an eternal investment into people’s lives or ministry, we tend to give more than when we view it as merely a hand-out or duty. Even if we don’t see a return or immediate results, we trust God to use it in some way. See: 2 Cor. 8:3-5

V – Virtue

Biblical giving grows out of character in line with God’s heart. It isn’t merely about doing something. See: 2 Cor. 8:7

E – Effect

Bible teachers need to help their students see beyond themselves to the effect giving has on God and others. See: 2 Cor. 9:11-15

R – Reaping

Scripture teaches the principle of sowing and reaping. While we need to make the effect on God and others in our giving a priority, God does bless us as well. But, let’s make sure students understand that just like a farmer sowing seed doesn’t see immediate results, so the benefit to ourselves may not be immediately experienced. See: 2 Cor. 9:6-11

FAQ about Bible Lesson Goals

FAQ about Bible Lesson Goals

We have goals for much of what we do in life, even if not thought of in that way or left unspoken. If we have objectives for the temporal and inconsequential activities of life, how much more should we be concerned about accomplishing eternal goals!

Broad Questions Teachers Might Have about Bible Lesson Goals

If a curriculum has goals, why is it important for Bible teachers to be concerned about goals?

When using a pre-written curriculum, it’s not so much about coming up with new goals if the ones in the material are good. One of the biggest benefits of focusing on those goals is to keep the lesson on track. When discussion starts to deviate from the plan, teachers need to ask themselves if continuing on that course will further advancement toward the goal or if it’s merely a distracting divergence. If we allow the lesson to go in too many directions, people will tend to go away not grabbing hold of much of anything. But, we keep steering the lesson toward the one main objective, they will be more likely to retain and use what has been taught. With a firm grasp of the lesson goal(s), teachers will be more likely to use guided conversation back to that objective during unplanned or unstructured moments. Also, focusing on the goals provides a guide for praying about the lesson and how God uses it in students’ lives.

How do teachers know what goals to aim toward when developing their own lessons?

The best approach usually is to let the goals grow out of one’s study of God’s Word. Teachers should determine what the one big point of the lesson is and develop it into a goal. They should try to narrow it down to only one or two objectives. If teachers can’t, they’re probably trying to teach too much in one lesson. The goal should be clear and concise so it can be easily remembered. If teachers develop goals first, they may be tempted to make Scripture fit their goal and miss God’s real intent of a passage.

How to Effectively Use Your Voice

Bible Teachers. Effectively Use Your VoiceBible teachers need both a contrasting and consistent voice if they’re going to make inroads into the lives of their students who live in a world of false teaching. As noted at the end of the last post, Titus was to use that voice to help the believers of his day live in ways appropriate, or consistent, to sound doctrine.

If we continue on in Titus 2 we can learn how to effectively use that voice. Only part of the referenced Scripture will be provided below so you would do well to take time to read the entire chapter. Click on this link to read it online: Titus 2

Tips for How to Effectively Use Your Voice

1) Show how God’s Word is applicable to the people you’re teaching. What’s most need for their age, gender, social status, etc.?

Teach the older men to … Likewise, teach the older women to … urge the younger women to … Similarly, encourage the young men to … Teach slaves to … (Titus 2:2-10)

2) Teach by example.

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8)

3) Rely on the grace of God to effectively use your voice.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age … (Titus 2:11-14)

4) Speak with the authority of God’s Word in grace-filled ways, not in quarrelsome ways (2 Tim. 2:24-26).

These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. (Titus 2:15)