It’s a wonderful aspiration to desire to teach. God’s calls the older women to teach the younger women (Titus 2:3-5), and there is always someone younger than you to pass your wisdom along to. But it’s an aspiration that’s linked to responsibility. There is more to teaching the Bible than picking a random passage or book, reading it, and asking, “What does this mean to you?” For each believer, God has a careful call for how we must hand his Word:
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21
God commands us to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger—we are to study God’s Word with eagerness, patience, and diligence before teaching it to others, and accept what it teaches us rather than rebel in anger. We are to seek to live righteously and humbly obey what we learn.
This is not to frighten you away from teaching the Word, but to encourage you to spend more time understanding it. Unsure how to do that? Here are a few steps you can take each time you prepare to teach on a passage of Scripture.
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