Using the Book

Someone once said that after reading great literature, we are changed in some way. God’s Word is the most significant literature because it changes everything about us as we enter into a personal relationship with our creator.

Because of our familiarity with Scripture, it is easy to gloss over the gems that would expand our understanding of God and his creation. Therefore, we need to employ what some call “spiritual reading” or reading with the intent of connecting with God’s message on a deeper level while praying for guidance, listening to his voice, and asking for him to transform us.

One of the implications of referring to Jesus as “The Master Teacher” is that we can discover a great deal from examining his life. Throughout this Bible study, our tasks are to discover what Jesus did to earn this title and to determine how we can apply what we learn to our positions as Christian educators.

We will spend most of our time in the four Gospels of the New Testament, but we will also look at additional passages and refer to other resources. We will use three words to organize and guide our study:

  1. To investigate, we will explore the topic as visualized by a magnifying glass. The purpose of this section is to get into the topic, sometimes through background information and other times through Scripture.
  2. To illuminate, we will dig deeper into the Bible and other resources to interpret and gain inspiration from specific passages. A flashlight will illuminate our way to “light bulb” ideas, insights, concepts, and principles.
  3. To integrate, we will ponder our discoveries and integrate them into daily classroom situations with the goal of strengthening our teaching. Once all of the puzzle pieces of our discoveries are in place, we will be better prepared to meet the challenges of teaching.