(Who Should Teach?) Bible Question
“Shouldn’t the best teacher be used in a Bible class? We are a small church with only two good teachers. But they choose other men to take turns and these others are not as good.”
Not knowing the particulars of your congregation’s situation, this is only my viewpoint. First, who is the better teacher is usually a matter of opinion. You may think the two men are the best, others might think otherwise. Second, the goal of the kingdom is not to be served, but to serve.
As a teacher, I can tell you that there are times I sit in a class (or through a sermon) which are not the best. But, I am not a part of the church so I can be tended to. I am there to tend to others. As Jesus told the twelve, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28; New American Standard Bible).
Maybe these two “good” teachers need a break now and then. You can serve that need by supporting the men who fill in. And if you are a small church, wouldn’t you like to be a bigger one? Wouldn’t you want non-Christians to come to Christ and be part of the body?
If the church there does grow, where will you find teachers to meet that need? These two men are doing a very biblical thing. Recall what Barnabas did. . .
“he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” – Acts 11:25, 26
Barnabas was doing a great work in Antioch. But, as the work grew, he needed help and went to recruit Saul to help him. I supposed some of the people were disappointed that Barnabas was using Saul to do some of the teaching. But it was best for the church to develop and train more teachers. That was good then, and it is good now.