Sorry it has been 2 weeks since part 1 of this series. Here is part 2 of my studying the Scriptures and teaching the Scriptures series.
2. Don’t be afraid of the questions.
Christians are often too cautious to ask the hard questions. Not only questions about God and Jesus in general, but also specific questions about the text. We shouldn’t be. the Bible can stand on its’ own without any trouble. The Lord has preserved His Word for a few millenia, our questions won’t make a difference. If you are a follower of Christ He has given you the Holy Spirit. He aides us in understanding the Word of God. We cannot begin to truly understand the Scriptures without the Holy Spirit. Therefore, you must be a believer to truly understand the Scriptures. This is what Paul says in 1 Cor. :12-16. When studying the Scriptures, don’t be afraid to ask “what does this mean?” Don’t be afraid to wrestle with the text. Often it means just what it says. We like to pick apart words, phrases, and letters. The truth is that it often means just what it plainly says!
When teaching the Scriptures, anticipate the questions that may be raised in the minds of the audience members. This is good teaching! Perhaps even ask the question and answer it in your presentation! But above all else, don’t be afraid of the questions that may be asked. Know what you are teaching, know what you believe, trust the Holy Spirit, and teach!
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I like this. I long for our classrooms – elementary, middle and high school – to be a place where our children find it safe to ask any and all questions. Where they are actually encouraged to ask any and all questions. If they don’t ask them in our presence, they’ll ask them somewhere and someone else will influence their thinking…