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Bible Teacher’s Role as a Model

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In Jesus’ days on earth, many teachers of the law failed to live in accordance with what they taught. Jesus spoke strong words to them saying, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!” In Matthew 23:13-29 Jesus expounds on their hypocrisy, also calling them blind guides. As teachers, they should have been modeling God’s ways as good examples for people to follow. — What about teachers of God’s Word today? Are we being good role models? Or, are we like the blind leading the blind?

What’s Required for Bible teachers to be a model for their students?

The teachers of the law in Jesus’ day didn’t really care about the people but rather themselves. They weren’t concerned with pointing people to the Lord but rather to themselves. It was more about impressing people than truly teaching them God’s ways. If you want to know how to be a good model, then work at being the opposite of those teachers.

The following posts will look at what’s required to be a model using the Apostle Paul’s writings to various churches in which he taught. On numerous occasions he told the people he served to follow his example, using the Greek word mimetes which means to be an imitator. He could tell them to mimic him because of these five factors:

1) his association with them (1 Cor. 4:15-17)
2) his alignment with Christ (1 Cor. 11:1)
3) his authenticity (Phil. 3:17-18)
4) his availability (1 Thess. 1:5-6)
5) his accommodation (2 Thess. 3:7-9)

Bible Teachers Role as a ModelOrder the Bible Teacher’s Role resource for even more on being a model along with seven other roles that will help you make a difference in students’ lives.

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