How to Be Courageous in Teaching

Many Bible teachers do not begin teaching a class because they feel confident they can do a good job, and then begin searching for an opportunity to teach. Rather, many begin by being good Bible students in classes, and then they begin teaching because they have been asked to substitute teach and finally they have become a class leader/teacher.

I do not know of any Bible teacher who feels so self-confident in their Bible teaching that they do not need God to help them. In fact, most Bible teachers have and need more God-confidence than self-confidence when it comes to teaching. Many have said to themselves: “Oh my, how am I going to teach this!” In times like these, the Holy Spirit inspires Bible teachers to do what the Letter to the Hebrews teaches; they turn to prayer: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). 

From the Scriptures' teaching, Bible teachers can have confidence that when they pray to God for help in truly teaching the Scriptures to His people and those who need to believe in His Word, He will help them and answer their prayers. When teachers study and pray and ask God to help them in their time of need, God never fails them. They may “feel like” they have failed for a variety of reasons after they have taught the Bible, but the Holy Spirit makes certain that at least one person is helped every time a Bible teacher prays, studies, and teaches. You may not always see the results of your teaching week-by-week, but you know that God is using your teaching to work good in the lives of others as well as in your own life and teaching experience. This promise applies to every Bible teacher who prays, studies, and leans on God for help in teaching to truth of God’s Word: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

You may not feel ready when you are asked to teach for the first time, but that lack of self-confidence is good, for the Holy Spirit can then give you the God-confidence you will need to rightly teach the Bible; furthermore, you will learn to rely more and more on God as you study and teach, and God will bless your students in ways that will bring great joy to the Holy Spirit, to them, and you.

If you have a story to share or a verse of Scripture to share that you think might encourage Bible teachers or the new teacher, please do so by adding your comments!

May God bless your prayers, your Bible studies, and your teaching!

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