Observe. Do. Show and tell. Or tell and show… “Teaching teachers how to teach,” is what I called it, The Art of Teaching class I once taught in the 1980s. Students ranged in age from 18 to 20-something. In this small Bible college, the class contained about twenty students with only a couple of them […]
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you. (Galatians 5:7-10 NLT)
Today I had the pleasure of instructing about three dozen kids and several adults in the art and craft of leather work at our association’s church camp. I’ve done this before and I always enjoy every minute of it. But today I didn’t enjoy every minute: I smashed the tar our of my finger with a two pound mallet and the was nothing to enjoy about it! The kids were all concerned and my brothers and sisters were kind of enough to not take any jabs at me for my bad luck, even though it was a prime opportunity.
This evening I was thinking about some of the jokes that could have been lobbed at me and one sticks out in my mind: do as I say not as I do. I think this is because of the good discussion we had along this line at Wednesday night prayer meeting.
The Bible clearly teaches us that we are to live our lives in a manner that brings glory to God and reflects Jesus through our deeds and thoughts. It asks, essentially, do we practice what we preach? We are to be the light of Christ to the world. And a light won’t penetrate very far if it’s tucked away under a basket.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
After hearing Paul and Silas preach the Bereans then searched through Scripture for themselves to determine if what they heard was truth. They took it upon themselves to make certain they weren’t being taught bad doctrine.
This evening I turned a Christian tv program that I wasn’t familiar with. I watched for a few minutes, interested in who the man was and what he was preaching about. After about five minutes I turned the channel; he was teaching incorrect about a passage from the Old Testament. (I should say that this was not a prophetic teaching, just so you don’t think I was biased. Clearly there are differing views on eschatology and I don’t think that is an issue with our salvation.) He was just plainly teaching it wrong: bad doctrine. I knew this only because I had studied on this passage a few months, maybe longer, ago so I was familiar with the meaning.
The Bible exhorts us to study for many reasons. Not the least of these is so that we will know if someone is teaching or preaching bad doctrine. If you have not studied a subject or passage and you hear it taught or preached on it is your duty to study it and see if it has been presented right. If you think about it, quite a large portion of the New Testament addressed heresy and bad doctrine at the time of it’s writing. And God’s Word clearly tells us there will be false teachers and heresy to deal with until the end. Being mislead by a teacher or preacher is very serious; both his and your eternal destiny could be at stake.
I have “officially” made it beyond the requisite 24-hour period of being symptom free. I survived! LOL Yes, I’m still a bit draggy-tired but otherwise feel pretty well.
I have been studying today for Sunday’s lesson. I’m leaning heavily upon the Lord to help me with it. I’ve not been able to do any productive study before today. And I have nearly an hour to cover the subject matter, by far the longest lesson I’ll have taught to date; the “goal” is around 30 minutes for Wednesday night service.