We Are All Teachers

It’s been said that “It is a sin to bore a child with the Word of God.” After all, the Word of God is alive! Why shouldn’t it breathe life into believers and non-believers alike? The word child used above can really refer to any man, woman, or child. No one, regardless of age, deserves a dull presentation of the Gospel.

Even if you do not teach here at church (or in a school), you are nonetheless a teacher. We all are. I’ll repeat one of my favorite mantras: God uses us as vessels to proclaim His good news to those who need it. The writer of Hebrews refers to God’s Word as “alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

Andy Stanley, son of Charles Stanley, wrote a book titled Deep and Wide. In it, he claims that when we present the Word in an unengaging manner, we tend to teach the opposite of what it true. What we certainly don’t want is for the lost to see the Bible and the church as boring or irrelevant.

Please don’t misunderstand: I am certainly not suggesting that we use bells and whistles – or bullhorns – to present scripture. The Bible alone should be enough to “sell itself.” But it doesn’t. Not in this world. Creativity is fine, as long as it does not cross that sometimes-thin line of inappropriateness. When you think of your favorite teacher(s), what attributes come to mind? Answers will vary, of course, but I’m guessing that he or she challenged you to change your way of thinking. This is precisely what we, as Christians, must do to save the lost – and edify the saved. Living a Christ-centered life is a paradigm shift for those who did not grow up in the church. These are the people who need a teacher to gently lead them out of the abyss and into a world where eternal life with the Father is a reality. And it’s up to us to teach our “children” well.

In His Name,

-Matt

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