Making Much of the Bible in the Classroom

Making Much of the Bible in the Classroom

Hebrews 4:12  “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Romans 15:4  “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Our ultimate tool for changing lives is not our own influence as teachers in the classroom. While influence is a great tool, the greatest resource we have on this earth is the Bible that God gave us. It often sits unopened, lies somewhere unread, and most of all, it is owned by people (several copies, in fact) who do not live it very well.

Make much of the Bible.  As teachers, making the Bible important in the classroom is what will resound in the hearts and minds of students who believe it is important also. Let the Word of God be the greatest resource in your classroom because it truly is. It is quick and powerful, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is what will pierce and convict the heart as it separates the right from wrong in peoples’ lives to make us more effective for Christ.

•    Make reading the verse in class important. (Christian schools will often have a daily or weekly Bible verse that is recited.) When recited, make it an important and serious time. Remember you are quoting the Word of God.
•    Verbally use the phrase often, “What does the Bible say?” There is probably no greater question that is more beneficial to the ears of young people. In a world driven by opinion, polls, humanism, and media, oftentimes the last place people want to get their answers are from a Holy Bible.
•    Quote Scripture and keep it before the kids no matter what subject you teach. There are verses that relate to every subject that is taught. There are scores of verses that deal with the subject of learning and instruction. Use those verses. Let the ears of your students hear what the Bible has to say about topics that are part of their life every day.
•    Share with young people from time to time what you as an individual have received out of the Bible. Be brief and respectful of your class and subject matter. Incorporating a testimony about what the Bible has done in your life as a teacher can be of great benefit and encouragement to others.
•    When the opportunity arises, challenge young people to find an answer for themselves in the Word of God. Have the students do some “digging” in God’s Word.
•    Teach verses and use them when they apply to your particular area (Attendance – Psalm 90:12, Your Best for God – Ecclesiastes 9:10, Lack of Doing Right – James 4:17, Studying – I Thessalonians 4:11)
•    Use the Bible with regard to discipline. Let the Bible call “someone on the carpet.” Many verses in the Word of God are very clear and plain as to right and wrong.
•    Do not allow young people to treat their Bible disrespectfully.
•    Ask young people, “What is this I hold in my hand?” Ask if it is true? Young people of all ages need to know the Bible is true.
•    Our Christian school is as great as we will make the Word of God number one. The institution of a Christian school is Christian because it has as its main textbook, the Bible.
•    Memorize the Word of God. Be specific and right about every word when reciting the Bible.
•    Be sure to live the Word of God in your life as a teacher.

May God’s Word be the ultimate textbook in your classroom. May our young people know that for you as a teacher it is the most important textbook, the most important handbook, and the most important book in the world to live by.

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