Teaching and preaching are much the same and at the same time different. Preaching must always point to Jesus. Always! Preachers are always teachers but teachers are not always preachers.
I decided to review Letters To My Students because I wanted to see how close the two are. Interestingly, and I already knew this, they are very close. The main difference is the audience. Preachers to the church body, teachers to the church body, classrooms, small groups, and individuals.
To be an effective teacher there are three commonalities:
- Knowing your audience includes building trust and relationships.
- Knowing yourself is about the constant awareness of your spiritual, mental, and physical health. All of who you are shows in your teaching.
- Knowing what’s going on in the world your students are living in helps apply your lesson to their lives.
This book is packed with the wisdom of seasoned pastor/teacher Jason K. Allen. It is valuable to the one in the pulpit and the one in the Sunday School classroom, Bible study leader, mentor, and yes, even the public/private school teacher can gain much from reading it.
A text cannot mean something now that it never meant. (pg. 67)
Aim to inform the mind, impact the heart, and challenge the will. (pg. 85)
Great preaching (teaching) is usually passionate preaching. For every ounce of passion in the preacher’s (teacher’s) voice, there should be a pound of compassion in the soul. (pg. 136-147)
Blessings to you and your’s!
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