Saturday, April 8, 2017

An Effective Small-Group Teacher Loves People and Teach the Word (Not Your Opinion!)

To be an effective Bible teacher, you must have a genuine love for the people you teach. Love and service to people overflow out of your love for Jesus that floods your heart with caring and compassion for others. As you teach, the warmth of your unique God-given personality will flow out to the group. If God calls you to teach in small group Bible Study, you will simply be sharing the Word that you have learned and prayed over. You also will be sharing your life and the truth that God has imparted to you with others. You are being obedient to help others know Him better through His Word.

Someone once said that opinions are like the nose on your face; everyone has one! A teacher needs to teach the Word, not merely ideas and opinions. The fact is, our opinion will never change anyone’s life; only the Word of God changes lives. Teachers need to “Preach the word!” (See 2 Timothy 4:2). God’s Word stands up by itself. It is powerful. Remember, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Prayer is also very important. When teaching is bathed in prayer, it becomes a part of our lives so that we can impart it to others. As we teach the Bible, people came under intense conviction. Prayer will prepare people’s heart to receive the teaching we give so they can be changed and become more like Jesus. That’s the goal! When we have spent time praying, we will find that people will be drawn to us as teachers, because the favour of God will be on us. Expect the Lord to place His favour on us as we teach His Word.


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