By Ken Cooper
Bible class teachers perform a great and far reaching service. Their praises frequently are left unsung. They are engaged in noble and glorious work of teaching the Bible. I really appreciate those who serve as teachers in our Bible class pro-gram. Especially those who teach my children. I realize the great impact that you have on all our children’s lives. I want to thank you for all your efforts and continue to encourage you in this good work. When I send my child into your class, I expect certain things.
First, I expect you to maintain discipline and order in the class-room. I know how difficult that can be at times, but I also know that it is vital to the child’s attitude to-ward Bible class and Bible study. I expect you do whatever is necessary to see that my child conducts himself in a respectable, orderly way. If you cannot accomplish this on your own, or are having problems, please come to me and I will do everything I can to help.
Second, I expect you to be a good example of a Christian before my children both in the classroom and out of it. They are observant. They see how you live and they sense your attitude, not just in the classroom but everywhere and anywhere your paths cross through the week. I want them “While there are times when teachers may feel as though they are taken for granted, be assured your commitment and dedication to the Lord and your self-sacrificing does not go unnoticed.” to have the greatest respect for you and to desire to be a Bible teacher like you when they grow older.
Third, I expect you to teach them from the Word of God. I expect them to develop certain concepts and attitudes toward God and his word. I want them to develop a deep respect for the word of God. I want them to know that it is the truth, all the truth and nothing but the truth and that it is relevant to their lives.
Fourth, I expect you to teach them plainly and honestly about so-called difficult subjects. I want them to love the Lord and his church. I want them to learn what the Bible teaches about moral is-sues; that sin is sin and must be avoided. I want them to learn about God’s plan for the home including his teaching on divorce and remarriage. I want them to learn to love the Word of God and strive to obey it.
Again, I really do appreciate you and all your efforts to aid me as a father in teaching and disciplining my children. Many of us have never expressed gratitude to those who teach the Bible classes of which we or our children are a part. I know I have not expressed my appreciation to the teachers often enough. I also know that your motive for teaching is not for the compliments you receive, for they are few. While there are times when teachers may feel as though they are taken for granted, be assured your commitment and dedication to the Lord and your self-sacrificing spirit does not go unnoticed.
Guardian of Truth XXXVII: No 22, p. 1
November 18, 1993