Just a post of a personal nature today in “Coffee with the Lord”…
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to teach God’s Word, the Bible! I used to joke about the fact that, at SAGU “I’d do it for nothing (but don’t tell the president!). If ANYTHING “cranks my engine” it’s seeing “the light come on in someone’s eyes” with the awareness of a new personal discovery or insight into God’s truth. I just love it! I believe I was created to teach! (Now I enjoy preaching as well, don’t get me wrong, and have taught preaching classes for years… but I LOVE TO TEACH!)
This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I came across a verse in Psalm 119 that summarizes so much about why I love to teach the Bible. Here it is…
“The unfolding of Your words give light – it imparts understanding to the simple.” (vs. 130)
That’s why I love to teach the Bible… God’s word “GIVES LIGHT!” It reveals truth – it illuminates or makes truth personal and clear to us. Earlier in this same Psalm is a verse that puts it this way: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (vs. 105) Anyone who knows me, knows that I passionately believe this assertion about the Bible… “The Bible is my all-sufficient guide for faith (i.e. my relationship with God) and daily living!”) I’ve urged students, over the years, to write those words in the flyleaf of every Bible they own!
So here’s what good Bible teaching does… “It IMPARTS UNDERSTANDING to the simple” (i.e. the uninformed, the impressionable). Here’s what 2 Timothy 3:15-17 says: FROM CHILDHOOD you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you WISE FOR SALVATION through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, SO THAT THE MAN (OR WOMAN) OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.” … It’s effective “cradle to grave!”
How do I want to teach?… I want to “UNFOLD His word” to those I teach – to open it up, to explain it simply and clearly, to structure learning experiences that will bring insight and those “Aha” moments or discovery experiences that result in life transformation!
Those are just a few reasons why I love to teach the Bible! I PLAN TO GIVE THE REST OF MY LIFE TO THAT NOBLE TASK however, whenever and wherever I can!! … And I pray a special blessing and anointing upon all those are involved in teaching ministry (whether it is to children, youth, adults or a special grouping of people anywhere in the world)!