Why Have the Class at All?

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As ridiculous as it may seem, there are many times when we conduct classes without ever really deciding exactly what it is we’re trying to accomplish. It may be that someone says, “We ought to have a class for the young married couples. After all, we’ve got so many of them, it would make a good class.” This isn’t to say that it wouldn’t be a good idea to have a class for the young couples, but it is to say that there ought to be a better reason for having it than just that “we’ve got a lot of them.” Other classes fall into the same category. We have ladies’ Bible classes sometimes for no better reason than that “We’ve always had them.”

Ideally, there should be a need before we have the class. If there is, then there should also be some idea of what is going to be covered, what the group can expect to learn, how long it will take to get there, and when they can expect to finish the course.

For example, if we’re going to have a young married couples’ class, we should decide ahead of time what it is they need, either from a look at what they’ve studied before, from their background, or from talking to them. We should be thinking about making up a weakness in their Bible background or solving problems they might have in their newly married status. It isn’t likely that we should start the class then decide that this would be a good time to study the book of Acts, 2 Samuel or Hebrews. To get the excitement needed to launch the class to keep the enthusiasm going to a successful conclusion, they should know that they are going to study a specific subject like “The Christian Home” or “Bible Couples” or “Young Men and Women in the Bible.” If material isn’t available, this is an excellent time to let the group do some good Bible searching. Assign different ones to come up with a family each week or report on different aspects of the Christian home. With just a little guidance, they can have a “funtime” and learn a tremendous amount at the same time. As we have said, though, there needs to be a projected purpose and stated ending time for the study whether six weeks or six months. That way, they can keep their enthusiasm up and know that they are learning a specific thing in a specific time frame.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Success at Bible Teaching. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Error Can Be Taught Innocently

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Not everyone who teaches error sets out to do so deliberately. It is possible for one to teach error without knowing that it is error. Apollos was an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures, but he knew only the baptism of John until Priscilla and Aquila took him aside and taught him the way of the Lord more accurately (Acts 18:24-26). Paul was in ignorance when he was opposing Christ (1 Tim. 1:13). There are doubtless a great number of people today who believe they are teaching the truth, but who are in reality teaching error. For this reason Bible teachers continually need to take heed unto ourselves and the doctrine that we may be able to save ourselves and others (1 Tim. 4:16).

The responsibility of Bible teachers is great. Our own souls are at stake and so are the souls of those we teach. Therefore we need to know the difference between the truth which saves (John 8:32; 1 Pet. 1:22) and the errors of men which damn the soul (2 Thess. 2:10-12). We also need to help our students to be able to make this distinction and follow truth in the face of all opposition.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Success at Bible Teaching. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

What’s the Best Teaching Technique to Use?

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Many times people will ask, “What’s the best teaching technique to use?” That’s a lot like asking a housewife, “What’s the best cooking utensil to use?” The best technique to use is the one that works the best with the subject being taught, the students being taught and the ability of the person doing the teaching. There are some measures, however. The best techniques are those that get the most involvement, provide the teacher and the learner with the most and best feedback possible, and fit the time limits of the class period. The more the students are involved, the better the pacing will be for their individual learning. The more the teacher does, the more the pacing is set for the teaching instead of the learning. When the teacher does all the talking, time is constant and learning is the variable, since each student learns at a different pace, but the teacher is putting out the information at only one rate. As the students get more and more involved, the pace becomes more suited to their individual needs, and can even vary with each person participating. Now learning is becoming constant while time may vary from one student to the next.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Success at Bible Teaching. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

The Message Does Not Change

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In every course in secular education textbooks must be revised frequently and new ones written from time to time because the message changes as new information is learned. But this is not true with the teaching of the Bible. God’s final and complete revelation to man in the New Testament scriptures is as fresh and as applicable today as when it was given in the first century. The apostle Peter said that the Lord has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3); and the apostle Paul affirmed that the scriptures inspired of God are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Not only do these passages indicate the finality of the New Testament scriptures, but Jude told us the faith “was once (for all – ASV) delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) which would also indicate the finality of it.

The above scriptures show that God has given us the final revelation of His will to man and therefore will not change it. We now consider some passages which show that man is forbidden to change God’s message. The curse of heaven is promised to all who pervert the gospel and preach any message other than that which the apostles preached (Gal. 1:8-9), and which they have written (1 Cor. 14:37). To transgress or go beyond and abide not in the doctrine of Christ brings God’s disapproval (2 John 9-11). The apostle Peter added that those who wrest the scriptures (twist or change them about) do so to their own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16). Not only does God forbid the changing of the New Testament, but He did not permit the people to change the Old Testament when it was in force (Deut. 4:2).


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Success at Bible Teaching. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

NEW RELEASE: Success at Bible Teaching

Success at Bible Teaching

The local church has been designed by the Lord to be a self-edifying body with one generation teaching the next and so on (Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:2). Therefore, one of the factors that determines the long-term health of a congregation is the effectiveness of the Bible classes it conducts.

Success at Bible Teaching (cover)In Success at Bible Teaching, authors Sam Binkley, Jr. and Martin M. Broadwell discuss the need for Christians to develop the ability to teach others, how the Bible can be used as a teacher-training manual, principles of learning, teaching techniques, and how to teach various age groups. With the emphasis that the Bible places upon teaching, every Christian should want to be a teacher and should want to be the best teacher possible.

This book was originally published over 40 years ago. Yet the need it addresses – quality Bible classes – is the same today as it was then. The material contained in it is just as useful for the current generation. Therefore, we are pleased to be able to make Success at Bible Teaching available in print once again.

Success at Bible Teaching is available now from Gospel Armory. Contact us for bulk orders.