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Associate Editorial: The Crying Need for Teachers

In many homes the Bible is a forgotten book. If children learn anything at all about God, it must be in bible classes. Many children grow up without hearing the wonderful stories of the Bible. This is both a sin and a shame. Ephesians 6:4 clearly puts the responsibility of teaching children about God in the home with parents as the teachers. So we need parents who will be teachers at home.

Yet, 1 Timothy 3:15 also reveals that the church is the “pillar and ground of truth.” It has the responsibility also to see that the truth is taught. The manner in which the church has to teach is through the medium of dedicated men and women who will study and prepare themselves to teach. So we need teachers in the church today.

There is no conflict between the roles of the home and the church. Rather, they should complement one another and add to what the other is doing. When the Bible is taught in the home by the parents and in the congregation by Christians, the result is multiplied knowledge instead of ignorance. Too often, not enough is done in either place and children grow up without the knowledge of God in their lives. Continue reading » Associate Editorial: The Crying Need for Teachers

The Work of Bible Class Teachers

The Local Church

The Church Must TeachA congregation that is effective in carrying out its Scriptural mission will place much emphasis upon teaching the Word of God. Paul said to Timothy: “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:14-15). Please note that the context demands that the word “church” as used here refers to the local church. We can say this without fear of contradiction since Paul has just concluded his instructions to Timothy concerning the qualifications of “bishops” and “deacons.” Such men only serve in a local congregation. But you will note that our passage plainly says that “the church . . . is the pillar and ground of the truth.” The word “ground” translates the Gr. HEDRAIOMA, meaning “a support, bulwark, stay (from hedraios, stedfast, firm; from hedra, a seat), is translated ‘ground’ in 1 Tim. 3:15 (said of a local church); the R.V. marg., ‘stay’ is preferable” (Vine). Therefore, brethren, it is of paramount importance for a local congregation to accept the responsibility of teaching God’s Word and equip itself fully for this necessary function, not sparing any expense as long as it is within the guidelines of Scriptural authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Continue reading » The Work of Bible Class Teachers