Publicly teaching the word is a very
serious undertaking. Attendant to
this exercise can be both much good
and much evil, depending.
Public Teachers
A pertinent warning:
“1: Be not many of you teachers, my
brethren, knowing that we shall receive
heavier judgment, 2: For in many things we
all stumble, If any stumbleth not in word,
the same is a perfect man, able to bridle
the whole body also” (Jas. 3, ASV, cp. I
Tim. 1: 7).
Public Teachers
In this study, we shall particularly look at
Bible class teachers and consider some
areas that often need emphasizing and
fine tuning.
Reflections on Bible Classes
Have you ever given serious thought to
the typical Bible class arrangement seen
in most churches of Christ (not talking
about “Sunday School”)? Do such
classes constitute the “assembly” and if
not, how should they be considered?
Reflections on Bible Classes
Some have practiced the class
circumstance (various classes according
to age, gender, etc.) and in this situation,
have served the Lord’s Supper (cp. I Cor.
11: 18, 20, 23-34).
Reflections on Bible Classes
It is apparent that some circumstances that are
viewed as having all physically together were
not such (cp. Acts 2: 46).
Bible classes serve as an expedient (cp. I Tim.
3: 15 but not a substitute for “the assembly”).
Reflections on Bible Classes
Not a free-for-all think
Reflections on Bible Classes
Not for the promotion of
personal agendas.
Reflections on Bible Classes
Not for doing what cannot
be done in the assembly.
Reflections on Bible Classes
Must be organized.
Reflections on Bible Classes
Kindness and regard
must prevail.
Reflections on Bible Classes
Opportunity for detail
Reflections on Bible Classes
As an expedient, Bible
classes must promote good,
growth, and unity as opposed
to ill feeling, infantilism, and
Public Teachers
God has always had qualifications.
Those who publicly teach are setting
an example (cp. I Tim. 4: 12).
1. Must have some maturity (Heb. 5: 11-14).
2. “Faithful men” (2 Tim. 2: 2).
Public Teachers
Some understood requisites:
1. Be present (notify when cannot be present).
2. Be on time.
3. Know lesson or study.
4. Know students.
5. Encourage and commend.
6. Address any problems.
7. Adapt class books.
8. Maintain order in the class.
Public Teachers
While not necessarily a requirement, most local
churches have a Bible class arrangement. As an
expedient, such an arrangement can be
beneficial. However, such a circumstance needs
to be monitored and any needed improvement put
into place. We must remember, though, Bible
classes are not a substitute for parents teaching
their children at home!

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