Blessings of Teaching the Bible

Text: 1 Timothy 4:16

Christians have many opportunities to teach the Bible, even without teaching publicly before the church. There are several benefits from having the Bible as the subject of our teaching – also responsibilities/burdens [we will discuss these in the following lesson]. In this lesson, we will focus on the blessings of teaching the Bible.

The Message Does Not Change

  • Not true in other areas of study – textbooks must be continually revised and/or replaced with new ones containing new information
  • The word of the Lord does not change (1 Peter 1:25) – contains all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3); thoroughly equips us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17); once for all delivered (Jude 3)
  • We also know it does not change because God expressly forbid men to change it (Galatians 1:6-9) – must follow the Lord’s commands revealed by the apostles (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 14:37); going beyond this or changing the message was prohibited (2 John 9; 2 Peter 3:16)
  • Therefore, we simply need to go to the Bible for the message we are to teach (1 Peter 4:11)

The Message Is Clear and Simple

  • When we teach, we are to use “great plainness of speech” (2 Corinthians 3:12, KJV) – we do this because God’s word has been revealed in a way that we can understand it (Ephesians 3:4)
  • God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34-35) – does not want man to be lost (2 Peter 3:9); yet those who do not obey the gospel will be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
  • Since the gospel is God’s power for salvation (Romans 1:16), He revealed it clearly and simply for us

The Message Itself Is Motivating

  • It is often difficult to be motivated to learn certain subjects or read certain books – uninteresting, irrelevant, too difficult, etc.; not an issue with the Bible
  • The Bible is interesting (Psalm 119:24) – learn about people, places, events; shows us God and heavenly things
  • The Bible is relevant (Ecclesiastes 1:9) – addresses the problem of sin (Romans 6:23), a universal problem (Romans 3:23)
  • The Bible is not too difficult (Ephesians 3:4) – even passages that are more difficult can still be understood (2 Peter 3:16)

There Is Something for All Ages

  • No matter how young or old we are, the Bible is for us – from childhood (2 Timothy 3:15); as new Christians (1 Peter 2:2); as mature Christians (Hebrews 5:14); for those who are young (Ecclesiastes 11:9; 12:1) and those who are old (2 Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 14:13)
  • No one is too young or too old for the message in the Bible

There Is Something for Any Condition or Station in Life

  • No matter who we are or what we have to endure, the Bible is for us – Christian or non-Christian (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-42); husband, wife, parent, child, master, slave (Ephesians 5:22-6:9); rich or poor (Proverbs 22:2; Galatians 3:26-29); abundantly blessed or suffering hardship (Philippians 4:11-13)
  • Therefore, it is always appropriate to direct people toward the Bible

There Is No Greater Personal Reward for Success

  • Joy in knowing that those whom we taught are following the Lord (3 John 4)
  • In the end, there is salvation for ourselves (1 Timothy 4:16)

Conclusion

  • When we teach the Bible, we are teaching a message that is for everyone
  • It has been designed by God to be clear, simple, motivating, and rewarding
  • Let us recognize these blessings and use the opportunities we have to teach the Bible to others

Adapted from a chapter in Success at Bible Teaching by Sam Binkley, Jr. and Martin M. Broadwell (p. 29-33).


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