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Why does a Bible teacher teach?

We need to be open to what GOD’s Word actually says, rather than what we think it says, based upon sermons or Sunday School. We need to study to show ourselves approved and a good, godly teacher will enable us to do that.

My husband was a teacher of the Word of GOD. My son has a godparent who is also a teacher of the Word. What makes teachers tick? Why does a Bible teacher teach?

Background

When I met my husband Alan, he was 34. 

The LORD had told him when we first met to “take care of this woman” as I was newly arrived in England to study. As our friendship developed, Alan shared with me some things about his calling to teach. He had devoured Bible resources as well as the Word itself during undergraduate university days, often ignoring his courses of academic study (engineering) preferring to study GOD’s Word.

He wasn’t particularly diplomatic with people when I first met him, because the Word was his priority. But he loved the LORD and knew he was called to teach His Word. He met with opposition, and I suppose as a trained barrister, didn’t mind a good conversational scrap! I thought it was because he wasn’t great with people. But it would prove not his imperfect social skills — which GOD in him would later come to perfect — that held him back. What prevented his teaching from advancing at a relatively young age was his “unorthodox” perspective. He did not teach wrongly, for the call of a teacher is very strict and woe to any who misstep. 

James writes, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” (James 3:1)

No compromise

No, Alan’s teaching has proved to be rock solid, though his thinking was often unconventional rather than neatly fitting into the Evangelical box. He looked at scripture: not at what was taught by others as convention but what was actually there. He made no common assumption, but rather challenged assumption to see what the Word said, no more no less. That attitude has always reminded me of the texts about maintaining the accuracy of the Bible text.

In Revelation 22:18-19, John writes, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

What a Bible teacher teaches

Alan and other teachers may not always go with the flow of common interpretation of scripture or rely on Sunday School perspective. What Alan and others who are called to teach (which is not the same as preaching) is revelation of the Word of GOD, no more, no less. Their motivation is to make the Word more accessible to others and never to compromise

Something palatable can be dangerously close to something untrue; a called forth teacher will devote time and attention to every thought before sharing. Just as there were false prophets in times of the Jewish Covenant as we read in the Old Testament, so were there also false teachers in the New. 

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,” (2 Timothy 2:1)

Look for simple but deeply profound truths

A teacher of GOD’s Word will challenge, encourage, and convict those who have listening ears to hear. The teacher wants his audience to discover for themselves what mysteries are within the Word.

Never underestimate the depth of GOD’s Word or doubt the unveiling of new thought to our old minds. As Jesus said, “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:21-22)

We need to be open to what GOD’s Word actually says, rather than what we think it says based upon sermons or Sunday School. We need to study to show ourselves approved and a good, godly teacher will enable us to do that.

Challenge yourself to read the Word

What is really there? Concepts exist in the Bible that are not actually stated. And some belief systems are built upon misconception and false assumption.

For example, did you know the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible? And nowhere does it say “God the son”? Did you know that the animals in the ark were not a single pair each of every animal type? There were 7 pairs of some and not of all. Why not all the same?

Did you know the single verse “wives submit to your own husbands” is followed by “husbands love your wives” followed by eight more verses outlining how men are to do that?

Do you know that every significant marker in Jesus’ calendar was preceded by Old Testament law and feasts?

Look for yourself… 

It is possible to learn, simply by reading the Bible. If you listen enough to how Alan teaches, you’ll catch how to read for profound truths and relationship for yourself. You can hear some teachings here: 

https://tmc-church.org.uk/preacher/tun-alan/

Or go to www.revelationtv.com and look up old Bible Study programmes where Alan is part of a group of three men, looking deeply into the Word of our God.

So all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

5 replies on “Why does a Bible teacher teach?”

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your some very wise and challenging thoughts regarding the role & ministry of a teacher in the Church.
Alan was one of the best I have heard and clearly gifted with this teaching ministry, such depth of insight and total commitment to his Lord. His teaching as you say was often unconventional and uncompromising but never contentious, he matched it with a gentle and wise detachment from unhealthy controversy so prevalent today.
I am watching the Bible Study again on Rev TV with a new perspective on Alan’s God given wisdom.
Your strength in the Lord since your loss is also an inspiration.
I believe this scripture from Jesus in John 12:24-26 is relevant at this time.
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.”
God bless Tony

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your some very wise and challenging thoughts regarding the role & ministry of a teacher in the Church.

Alan was one of the best I have heard and clearly gifted with this teaching ministry, such depth of insight and total commitment to his Lord. His teaching as you say was often unconventional and uncompromising but never contentious, he matched it with a gentle and wise detachment from any unhealthy controversy so prevalent today.

I am watching the Bible Study again on Rev TV with a new perspective on Alan’s God given wisdom.

Your strength in the Lord since your loss is also an inspiration.

I believe this scripture from Jesus in John 12:24-26 is particularly relevant at this time.

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.”

God bless
Tony

Thank you so much, Tony. That very scripture has come to my mind more than once. Yes, I do feel that in part, faith has grown as a result of Alan’s passing. We miss him terribly, but the LORD upholds us and grows us. Amen!

Thanks Sarah for your biblical insight and challenging thoughts about the important role of a good bible teacher. The deep passion and commitment Alan and you have to study and know the Bible as well your love and faith in God is really admirable and very inspiring
I have not been able to follow all the Monday night bible studies on Revelation TV when Alan was part of the teaching team, but am determined to catch up on those that I have missed.I really love the detailel expositional study of each book , a mixture from both the Old and New Testaments, and the fresh thoughts and understanding each of the team brings relating to our present day situation against the backdrop of the historical and cultural context when each of the books was first written
Blessings to you and your family .Trust you had a restful and lovely time in Wales
Poo Choo

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