Good Bible Teachers are Relevant

by Terry Lanford on January 16th, 2015

Every generation has been defined or influenced by a unique set of significant social issues particular to that generation’s time and location. Some contemporary social issues include same sex marriage, abortion, gun laws, terrorism, human trafficking, immigration, high unemployment, and rising national debt. On a more personal level, many people are dealing with employment, marriage, parenting, health and financial issues.

Passion is a mark of great teaching.

by Terry Lanford on January 12th, 2015

Passion is a mark of great teaching. Passion drives a teacher to prepare well and helps a teacher communicate that he or she sincerely believes the truth they teach.  Hopefully you have allowed God’s own passion about teaching to inspire you to prepare and teach with passion.  We cannot expect our learners to be passionate about God’s Word if we are not passionate about teaching God’s Word.

Spiritual Health Assessment for Teachers

by Terry Lanford on January 9th, 2015

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The Astonishing Teaching of Jesus

by Terry Lanford on January 8th, 2015

The teaching of Jesus astonished people, and his instructional style can serve as a model for all Christ-followers who seek to be better teachers. What Jesus taught was often tied closely to how he taught. Christian educator Roy Zuck writes: “How [Jesus] gained interest, how he stimulated thinking, involved students, told stories, applied truths, answered questions, dealt with individuals of varying personalities and differing attitudes toward him, motivated and corrected students — these are a few of the many areas where we can learn from his style.”

Training Bible Teachers Can Change the Culture

by Terry Lanford on January 7th, 2015

Training the Bible teachers in my church reaped rewards I never predicted. As I mentioned in my book, Capturing God’s Passion for Teaching, I was thinking about issues like church growth and Biblical illiteracy. Those issues are hugely important, but the building of relationships with my teachers is something that goes beyond measure. Spending time investing in my teachers told them how much I value their sacrifice. I am not exaggerating when I say that training teachers in church can change the culture. Subtly, the bar for teachers was raised.

Teaching for Life Change

by Terry Lanford on January 5th, 2015

The apostle Paul was very careful to communicate to those he taught that his message was not the result of “brilliance of speech or wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:1).  He passionately stressed his own weakness and pointed to the demonstration and power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:4).

Transformed Teachers Teaching for Transformation

by Terry Lanford on January 5th, 2015

“Transformation” implies a change from one thing to another. For the Christian, transformation is a word that can be used to describe a change that takes place at the moment a person receives Christ. This immediate change, from death to life, is most often called conversion, being born again or spiritual birth. In modern Christianity, the term transformation typically is also used to refer to change that occurs within a believer, after conversion, whereby a believer is in a process of becoming more like Christ.

The Hidden Treasures

by Terry Lanford on January 1st, 2015

The apostle Paul had a huge burden for teaching God’s Word. In his letter to the Colossians he said, “We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me” (Col. 1:28-29). Paul’s passion for teaching is expressed as “labor” and “striving with His strength.”  He feels responsible to do all he can “to present everyone mature in Christ.” Do you share that same intensity and passion?



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