Five Commitments Every Teacher Should Make

Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 2:1-5 helped me pinpoint five commitments I want to keep as I teach the Word:

“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”

1 Cor. 2:1-5

1. I will teach, not impress (v. 1)

I need to check my motives and my teaching style. Are my students new Christians? I must drop the religious lingo. My teaching methods also need to match the preferred learning styles of the generation and gender I am teaching. For instance, older adults may respond to a lecture format, while younger adults generally prefer lively discussion.

2. I will teach only Jesus (v. 2)

I must refrain from elevating my opinions above Scripture. As I share my experiences and tell what has worked for me , I need to ensure that what I am touting as truth is indeed from the author of truth.

3. I will be vulnerable so that in my weakness He may be strong (v.3)

Students are hungry for teachers who can relate to their needs for forgiveness, direction, and hope. While I do not need to share inappropriate details, I do need to let my classes know that I have sinned and I do struggle. Such transparency create4s a safe environment and draws students to the only one who is perfect: God.

4. I will invoke the Holy Spirit’s presence and power (v.4)

I can let a busy schedule or pure neglect keep me from praying about my lessons or for my class. Big mistake! After all, it is not my message that will reach hearts or change lives, but “a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”

There are times I don’t feel as if the Holy Spirit shows up as I prepare or teach. But if I have sought Him through prayer, I can proceed with the assurance that He is working in my students.

5. I will build God’s kingdom, not mine (v. 5)

When I’ve spent hours studying, praying for, and standing in front of my students, it’s tempting to expect honor, a measure of dependence, and even allegiance from them. However, I want them to be dependent upon their relationship with God, not their relationship with me. I encourage my students to compare what I say with God’s Word, and I’ve committed to admit when I am wrong.