The importance of Christian Education in the church and a plan to implement it
“Teacher Trait #1: A living faith. ‘I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also’ (2 Timothy 1:5).
Teacher Trait #2: Diligent student of the Word. ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth’ (2 Timothy 2:15).
Teacher Trait #3: Example of godliness. ‘Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity….Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching….Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers’ (1 Timothy 4:12-16).
Teacher Trait #4: A grateful servant spirit. ‘I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service’ (1 Timothy 1:12).
Teacher Trait #5: A constant awareness of our own sinfulness and God’s mercy. ‘Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst’ (1 Timothy 1:13-15).
Teacher Trait #6: A disciple maker. ‘And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others’ (2 Timothy 2:2).
Teacher Trait #7: A unity builder. ‘Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will’ (2 Timothy 2:22-26).
Teacher Trait #8: A heart for evangelism. ‘But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist….’ (2 Timothy 4:5).”