By George Katzman
For 35 years I have been privileged to teach Sunday School, discipleship classes, and other Bible studies. Here are some things I have learned teaching God's Word.
The Holy Spirit is the real teacher. John 14:26 says that He came to teach us all things. It can be tempting to spend most of your preparation time on one point or illustration while neglecting the rest of the lesson. Yet on Sunday you may find your class wanting to focus on a different point We have to follow the Holy Spirit's leading, and that means knowing the whole lesson.
We teach people what God's Word says. That sounds obvious, but how many times have you told someone, "I teach the Bible." We know what that means, but at the heart of the matter we are teaching people what the Bible says. Second Timothy 2:1-2 says we are to pass on what we have learned to reliable men who will then pass it on to others. We must never forget as we study our lessons that it is people we are teaching.
A teacher can't lead somewhere he is not going. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica that they should follow his example. Teachers must set the example in study, prayer, evangelism, and personal godliness. It will be hard for you to teach about evangelism when you're not witnessing. Nor can you speak with enthusiasm about prayer and Bible study when you don't spend time alone with God. Invest in your personal spiritual refreshment and renewal. Learn new teaching methods and skills by attending conferences or following the mentorship of a more experienced teacher. A stagnant Sunday School teacher is an ineffective one.
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!