It is a huge responsibility – teaching the Bible. It behooves us to know what the Bible itself says about “teaching” the truths which God has given to us in order to follow Him well. ¨Our¨ doctrines and ¨our¨ beliefs and ¨our¨ teachings… are not ours, but God´s.
Are you truly paying attention to what God has said to us, or are you so stuck in a mold, so into your way of thinking, so absorbed by your worldview – that what God has said to us in the Bible is another doctrine?
For a group study: Read each passage (listed here below), have participants point-out what it is telling us about:
- “teaching” in general, and
- “the Responsibility of Bible Teachers”… and
- how each believer should deal with the Bible.
Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance,
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching? 7 Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.
[ The Council at Jerusalem ] Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.
And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?
And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,
and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.
2 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
3 Older women likewise …teaching what is good, 4 so that they may [b]encourage the young women… so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
6 Likewise urge the young men to be [c]sensible; 7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with [d]purity in doctrine, dignified, 8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
9 Urge bondslaves… to be well-pleasing, not [e]argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.
What the Word of God teaches: (see Titus on: What the Word of God Teaches)
11 For the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all men,
12 instructing us
and to live
in the present age,
13 looking for
the blessed hope and
the appearing of the glory
of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
14 who gave Himself for us
to redeem us
from every lawless deed, and
to purify for Himself
for His own possession,
zealous for good deeds.
15 These things
with all authority.
Let no one disregard you.