There is a desperate need today for the teaching
of the truth of the Word of God.
is one of the most important ministries of the Church
and people are specifically selected and called
by God, for this important task.
God hath set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers."
usually selects those for this ministry who have
the ability to teach.
the things that thou hast heard of me, the same
commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able
to teach others also."
ability to teach is one of the gifts that believers
receive and is mentioned in the Bible.
Having then gifts differing according to
the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy,
let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or
he that teacheth, on teaching;
that has this ministry gift always feels comfortable
teaching others, and those taught, easily understand
the truths that are being taught.
teaching anointing always accompanies those who
are called to this ministry and an anointed teaching
has far reaching effect in the lives of people.
are different metaphors that describe a successful
- A guide.
is a journey that leads to knowledge and experience.
Teachers guide us on this journey. They map out
the details of our journey, accompany us and instruct
us as we go, helping us to reach our destination.
- Gods spokesperson.
speak to us on behalf of God and teach us His way.
It is important to remember that teachers are the
backbone of Gods teaching program, not material
or man-made programs.
- An example.
need to practice what they teach, and serve as an
example to students and they will be held accountable.
"My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing
that we shall receive the greater condemnation."
39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the
blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into
disciple is not above his teacher: but every one
that is perfect shall be as his teacher.
Although teachers use different
methods, they have one thing in common, they are
have a passion for God.
They have a passion for the things of God.
have a passion for those they teach.
have a passion for what they teach.
They have a
passion for successful results.
effective teacher needs effective teaching material
to be successful. The teacher and the material go
together like a hand and glove. In the Kingdom of
God this teaching material is available from the
- The teachings of Gods Word.
- The teaching material of other
reputable Biblical teachers.
- The practical experience of
seven aspects of the Teachers task.
Preparing the teaching material.
is half of the task of teaching. A highly effective
teacher will be unsuccessful, if the lesson taught
has not been well prepared.
To prepare a lesson, a teacher
needs the following: A quiet place.
A pen and paper.
A subject or theme that needs to be taught.
6. Approaching the subject being taught, correctly
Finding out its main theme.
Understanding all the aspects
Applying its lesson to your own
life before teaching it.
teacher should then proceed by preparing an outline
of the lesson and it should have the following ingredients:
different aspects of the subject.
Preparing the atmosphere for the lesson doing the
a. Making sure that
the environment and those being taught arecomfortable.
b. Relieving all tension.
c. Creating a warm, loving and caring atmosphere.
d. All students must believe in their Teachers ability.
e. The students must have a need and desire
Gaining the attention of the audience.
are so caught up in their own world that it is necessary
to gain their attention. They then can be challenged
to experience new Biblical truths. Minds that are
caught up in problems, thoughts, imaginations and
dreams, need to be captivated.
a person's attention can be done by asking them
a question or making a dramatic statement.
Keeping their attention.
order to keep the attention of an audience or class,
the lesson must be interesting, challenging and
thought provoking. A teacher should always maintain
eye contact with each student, stimulating and encouraging
their participation. Body language is important.
If someone is yawning, folding their arms, looking
around or checking the time, it will indicate that
they are bored or uninterested. The teacher should
try to regain their interest and attention.
teacher must teach with clarity and simplicity.
Unclear teaching will cause listeners to use a lot
of energy trying to receive, decode and understand
what is being taught. This will give the student
much less time to actually reflect on the teaching.
Human elements in teaching.
cannot dehumanize education. It is a people orientated
activity. Teachers and students have their good
and bad moments. Teachers must be able to discern
such moments and know when students are not receiving
what is being taught. There are moments when a teacher
needs to reach out to the needs of a student outside
the classroom. Teachers must be careful not to overload
students with too much information, in a teaching
session. There are other practical human elements
that teachers and students encounter, such as speech
impediments, bad hearing, a noisy room, noisy traffic
or bad weather. These problems also have to be addressed.
Effecting positive results.
a teacher has accomplished the task of teaching
a lesson, the results must be positive.
following results can be assessed as positive:
students accept and apply the truths being taught.
the lesson brings about a visible change in the
a student expresses appreciation for what is being
a student experiences conviction and a need for
five aspects of teaching the Bible.
Teaching a passage of the Bible.
teaching, a teacher needs to realize what the major
thought is, that governs a particular passage
of the Bible. This major thought is the subject.
We ask the question - "What is this scripture
answer to this question is our "subject".
is then important for teachers to relive the text
in their own imagination. They need to go back in
time, understanding what it meant then and what
it means now. They need to identify with the characters,
objects, situations and actions. They need to see
a clear picture of what they are teaching, because
they can only get others to see things that they
is important for us to bridge the gap between the
then and the now, by seeing how that the scripture
applies to us.
the other hand a passage of scripture may have a
structural framework of several thoughts that are
linked together and have to be dealt with, in succession,
one after the other. As they are dealt with the
full truth unfolds.
The stories of the Bible.
telling a Biblical story, a teacher must firstly
clearly identify the main character of the story,
as well as all other characters. Then the teacher
must identify the true human experiences that the
story presents. The meaning of the story must be
brought into clear focus. The teacher must make
the story come alive by captivating the mind, imagination
and senses of the listeners. Every successful story
has an exciting central plot or activity. The story
unfolds in a sequence of suspense building episodes
and scenes. They are like building blocks in the
construction of a building. They link with each
other. They all lead up to a dramatic breathtaking
final episode, leaving the listener to want to hear
Understanding the Bible in dispensational context.
sixty-six books of the Bible cover a period in human
history of six thousand years. Over this period,
God deals with man in different ways. This period
is divided into seven dispensations and every scripture
falls into one of these.
seven dispensations are:
The dispensation of Innocence
scripture must be seen in light of the dispensation
it applies to.
teaching of scripture applied outside of context
will be erroneous and misleading.
The two languages of the Bible.
two original languages of the Bible are Hebrew and
Greek. It is often necessary for a teacher to refer
to the interpretation of the original words in the
Bible, to bring deeper meaning to what is being
taught. For this purpose the Greek, Hebrew Bibles
and Dictionaries most valuable.
5. The blessings that teachings
of the Bible bring.
moral laws (Ten Commandments), the Civil
laws and the Health laws of the Bible,
have become a basis for all the nations of the world
to live by.
teachings of the Bible cover every subject that
man needs to know about, including the Godhead,
himself and the world.
c. Interesting Topics.
of interest on many issues of life, are covered
in the Bible.
Bible contains some of the most exciting and interesting
stories of people.
e. A higher cultural dimension.
nations have different kinds of culture. The Bible
sets the standard for the highest form of culture
that can be experienced by man. It includes feasts,
celebrations, laws, systems, methods, positions,
achievements and rewards.
different methods of teaching.
Teacher to class.
is a normal setting where students listen to a teacher
and different teaching aids are used such as textbooks,
notes, a chalkboard or an overhead projector.
this method, the teacher and the students participate
in structured or open discussions concerning a subject.
This could also take on the form of a debate.
students are given the task of getting and compiling
specific information about a certain subject within
a certain time frame.
a specific subject can be done individually or within
a group setting with or without the help of the
teacher. Research normally involves a detailed search
for information using all sources and technologies
available such as libraries and computers.
On the job training.
type of training usually puts into practice what
has been learnt in the classroom. It is practical
training, person to person and in the real world.
the principles of learning.
is a law that governs the way that people perceive
and learn things. It is called the "Law of
apperception" and is made up of:
is the acquiring of information that comes to us
through our five senses - the eyes, ears, nose,
mouth or feeling.
information received through the five senses is
assimilated into the part of the mind where reason
the reasoning process is complete, the information
received becomes knowledge that is appropriated
and stored in the memory.
knowledge is then applied at any time, to any given
situation of life.
the principles of study.
basis of all Bible study is the principle of discovery,
and there are different methods used to discover
the truth of the Bible. Whatever method used must
be systematic and methodical.
three methods of effective Bible Study are:
topical Bible study.
Once a topic has been selected, a student can locate, read
and interpret all scriptures relating to the subject.
A student can also use the "Roman road system"
to study Bible topics. This can be recorded for
future reference, by writing down the topic at the
back of the Bible. (i.e. Baptism)
Next to the word baptism, write the first scripture relating
to baptism - Matthew 28:19.
Then next to Matthew 28:19 write the next scripture and
study of interpreting Biblical text.
This can be done by carefully researching the meaning of
each word of a scripture in its original language.
study of Bible personalities.
It is necessary to study people in the context of when,
where and how they lived. Bible geography, history
and archeology, play an important role in discovering
are three methods of memorizing Bible Studies:
the material repetitiously.
the material and this can be done:
-By listening to it - on audio tape
-By speaking it.
-By using association.
This is done linking facts to each other, by forming
pictures in the mind.
on the four groups of people we teach, namely:
teaching senior citizens, a teacher faces unique
challenges. Senior citizens experience several limitations:
seniors have hearing problems.
are restricted in movement.
seniors have learning disabilities.
times of classes are not always suitable for seniors.
adults have domestically related circumstances that
affect their lives and have to be accommodated.
Often their study habits have become a little stagnated
over the years and have to be revitalized. A teacher
needs to have patience and make allowances for this.
experience very hard to understand phases from generation
to generation. To most adults of each generation,
these teenage peculiarities are strange and hard
to accept. When teaching teenagers, we need to communicate
with them in their own unique way, and only those
who do this are successful. To do this we need to
enter their world and understand it. We need to
use techniques and methods that suit the occasion.
teach children we need to understand the following:
- Their attention span is very
- They have very vivid imaginations.
- To have an impact on them, one
needs to touch their mind and emotion.
4. They relate to their hero's.