Cover 2017-09-03

Ron Writes


Oops. I misspoke. Sure glad someone was there to catch me. While giving announcements, I mentioned the sign-up sheet for teachers for the upcoming quarter. What I said however, was wrong. I said “be sure to sign-up, Ryan needs teachers.” Ryan sweetly and gently corrected me, “Dad, I don’t need teachers – the children need teachers.” Let’s not forget how big a difference there is between those two statements.

√ We don’t teach classes

we teach children

√ We don’t teach lessons

we teach students

√ We don’t cover the material

we make disciples

√ We don’t focus on presentation

but on transformation

√Teaching is more than talking

Learning is more than listening

Jesus was a teacher. Luke reminds us that his gospel was “about all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1). We want to be like Jesus.

The Hebrew writer minded chided his students, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers” (Hebrews 5:12). There comes a time when we all need to teach. Paul reminded Timothy that he was to teach faithful men “who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). We want to be obedient.

Ryan is our deacon responsible for our Bible classes, but our children need us to teach them.