Application: More Than Just a Good Idea

Bible teachers need to be reminded that ultimately they are not there to merely teach content but also the application of that content.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God … (Col. 1:9-10)

1)  Notice the role of prayer. — Paul said they “have not stopped praying” for the Colossians.  Paul obviously prayed like he truly believed God was the One who brought growth and change.  Teachers who teach for application must envelope the teaching-learning process in prayer. — Teacher Training Resource: Praying Like You Truly Believe HE is the Source of All You Need Worksheet

2)  Notice the starting point “knowledge of His will” coupled with “spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Paul wanted God to not only help them know the Word but also see the implications of it for life.

3)  Notice the objective“live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way.” Paul wanted the Colossians to live to the glory of God, not merely know about Him.  That meant doing something with what they knew … application of truth.

4)  Notice the end result“bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Paul realized that if these believers knew and understood God’s will and applied it to their lives, two things would happen.

  • Their lives would make a difference for eternity.
  • They would get to know God even better and the cycle would start all over.

Application WorksheetIncluding an emphasis on application isn’t just a good idea, it is God’s idea.

The Application: It’s God’s Idea, Not Merely a Good Idea teacher training worksheet will help your Bible teachers better understand God’s intent for their teaching.

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