September 26, 2010

The Task of Bible Teachers

Teachers Teach God's Word: Bible teachers must teach what God's word says (Exodus 18:20, Leviticus 10:11, Deuteronomy 6:1)

Exodus 18:20
"Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform."

Leviticus 10:11
"and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses."

Deuteronomy 6:1
"These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess..."

Living Examples #1: They must be and example of how to live (Exodus 18:20, Titus 2:7)

Exodus 18:20
"Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform."

Titus 2:7
"In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness"

Living Examples #2: They must teach others how to obey God (Exodus 18:20, Deuteronomy 6:1, 1 Samuel 12:23, Matthew 28:20, 1 Timothy 4:6)

1 Samuel 12:23
"As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right."

Matthew 28:20
"...and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

1 Timothy 4:6
"If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed."

They Must Teach The Youth: The next generation must be evangelized too, not just this one. (Deuteronomy 4:9, Titus 2:1-6)

Deuteronomy 4:9
"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them."

Titus 2:1-6
"You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled."

Its A Full-time Job: They are to teach all the time, not just in a class or study. There also is not retirement (Deuteronomy 11:19, Acts 5:42, 1 Timothy 4:11)

Deuteronomy 11:19
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Acts 5:42
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.[a]

1 Timothy 4:11
"Command and teach these things."

Teach Non-Belivers: They need to teach non-Christians also so the non-believers will come to know God (Psalms 51:13, Acts 17:19-20)

Psalm 51:13
"Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you."

Acts 17:19-20
"Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."

Excite People With The Word of God: They are to stir people up, [ἀνασείει] anaseiei: excite them (w/the Word) (Luke 23:5)

Luke 23:5
"But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea[a]by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."

Prepare Others For God's Work: They are to do prepare others to do something positive for the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Ephesians 4:11-12
"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.."

Confront False Teachers/Teaching: Whereever they find it teachers are to refute bad or false teaching(s)(1 Timothy 1:3-7, 2 Timothy 1:13)

1 Timothy 1:3-7
"As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work—which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 7They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm."

2 Timothy 1:13
"What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus."

Look For Others Like Them: Teachers are to be on the lookout for others that will make good teachers and leaders, (2 Timothy 2:2)

2 Timothy 2:2
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."

Held To An Exacting Standard: Teachers, Pastors, Leaders, Elders and the like will be judged more strictly as they knew more so more will be expected of them. They will be dealt with more harshly when they flub up too for the same reason as many people are looking to them for guidance (James 3:1)

James 3:1
"Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly."

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