Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Goals For Biblical Teaching

The Epistle of James warns his readers, “not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” (James 3:1-2 ESV)

Paul reminded the Ephesian believers, “…He gave the apostle, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ ,until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” (Ephesians 4:11-13 ESV)

My life goal, purpose, vision, and mission statement is wrapped up in Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.” (ESV)

Teachers are a gift from God to His body. Like any gift, it (teaching) must be appreciated, cherished, and protected. It must be protected from abuse, carelessness, and disrespect. Allow me to share at least seven goals for biblical teaching. Biblical teaching is…

1. …to cultivate in believer’s a love for the Word of God

2. …to encourage daily reading & study of the Word of God

3. …to familiarize believers with the Word of God in order to deepen their knowledge and understanding of both the Word of God and God Himself

4. …to cultivate believers to think biblically in order to aptly and appropriately apply the Word of God to everyday situations in their life

5. …to enable believers to utilize the Word of God in order to promote holiness, maturity as believers put to death sin and sinful attitudes and actions.

6. …to demonstrate to believers the surety of what they have placed their faith, hope, and trust in as historical, accurate, and reliable.

7. …to honor, worship, and otherwise give what is due to God as the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God who is worthy of honor, glory, and worship for ever and ever.

Amen? Amen!


Anonymous said...

And I also agree ( amen ) with you and brother James.

I taught a Fundamentals of the Faith class from 1983 to 1996 and it was always in the back of my mind that I would someday give an account to God for what came out of my mouth.

I like your short and to the point Bible studies.

Keep up the good work, Ron

BTW, Is that a photo of you?

Bob West said...

Gregory! God has greatly gifted you
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless;