2. Teach with a specific goal in mind.
Following the characteristics of how “the Teacher” prepared to instruct others, the author of Ecclesiastes comments on the goal for which “the Teacher” taught others. Ecclesiastes 12:11a states, “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails.” A “goad” was an implement that prodded an animal in a desired direction. A “goad” was used to direct an ox while plowing. “The Teacher’s” instruction is likened to a goad. It is intended to lead his audience to a certain place. According to 12:13 that place is genuine worship of the one true God and following his commands wholeheartedly. Continue reading
Maybe you’ve encountered the teacher kept you in the dark about where they were headed. I’ve heard of preachers who thought it a virtue to keep their congregations guessing about the point of their sermons. But is this really helpful? Wouldn’t it be better to tell the audience (whether students or a congregation) what your main point is and then show them?
The writer of Ecclesiastes closes his book with a brief outline of how “the Teacher” systematically went about instructing those placed under his care. I believe these verses may rightly be applied to a teacher/preacher of the Bible today. This is by no means exhaustive of what the Bible has to say about teaching others, but Ecclesiastes 12:9–11 does provide at least three principles that can (and should) guide every teacher/preacher of Scripture.
As I was viewing Facebook recently I noticed that someone commented on an article at Charisma Magazine’s webpage. The title of the article immediately caught my attention, “One Little Word Dispels the Notion that Paul Silenced Women.” Having done some study on complementarian and egalitarian interpretations of key New Testament texts on the role of men and woman in the home and in the local church, I was interested to see what the author of the article, Eddie Hyatt, had to contribute to the discussion. Continue reading
“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” While many of us can probably recite the words to this familiar little tune, I suspect fewer of us can with the same confidence recall where we first heard it. That is usually the case with any song you may have learned as a small child. You cannot begin to remember the circumstances under which you first learned the words to a song, but you can recall it with little effort, even to this day. That is part of the power of music. Continue reading
Today we continue and wrap up our discussion of Christian catechesis.
What Have We Learned? How might what we have learned about Christian catechesis be applied today? The following are a few reminders of what we have learned, as well as some suggestions. Continue reading
Today I want to conclude our discussion on Christian catechesis by addressing three areas. First, why is catechesis, and a catechism in particular, so often neglected in our discipleship today? Second, what are some things we may learn from our study of Christian catechesis that may be applied to our situation today? Finally, what are some tools out there that might prove helpful for instructing others in the faith? Continue reading
Today I want to conclude our discussion on the scriptural basis for Christian catechesis. Last time we reviewed what the Old Testament scriptures had to say about catechesis. In this post we’ll survey what the New Testament has to say to us about Christian instruction. Continue reading