This article was written by Cathy Whitacre and was published in The Gospel Journal. As you know from other posts, Cathy was passionate about teaching God’s Word, especially in Bible class. This is the conclusion of the three part series. You can find more from Cathy by clicking on ‘Cathy’s Corner’ in the subject area on the right sidebar.
Each student is a unique individual with their own learning style and ability and we should want all students to be successful. It is not our job as Bible teachers to ‘fail’ any child. Therefore, don’t set expectations so high that your students become discouraged and possibly feel they have let you down. Teach each lesson as it were the first time your class has heard God’s Word. The excitement and interest you see in their eyes will be very rewarding. Robert Louis Stevenson once said “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Each time we teach a class we are planting The Seed; The Gospel.
1. Leading students to a knowledge and obedience of our Lord and Savior.
2. Helping to lay a foundation that will not only build them up in the Lord, but strengthen His church. (1 Corinthians 3:9-11)
3. Growing His kingdom.
Teaching Bible class is such an exciting adventure. Each lesson prepared, each class you walk into, each student whose mind is opened to the truths of God’s Word shows the blessing of being a member of the Lord’s body and a co-worker with the Master. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
It is my earnest prayer that all Bible class teachers, whether you have been teaching for years or just wanting to begin this exciting adventure remember that 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' (Philippians 4:13).
About Cathy (at the time of this publication)
Cathy Whitacre is currently employed at Arlington Christian School. She and her husband worship with the Fayetteville Church of Christ where she teaches in the elementary program. She has been teaching for 35 years in all levels. Along with her daughter and daughter-in-law has conducted Teacher’s Workshops in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Jamaica and Scotland. Cathy has been successful in several careers, but found her greatest achievement, along with her husband, in raising two faithful Christian children. She is also the grandmother of four and feels Christian education is one of the greatest mission efforts in which we can be involved.
About Cathy: Updated
Cathy Whitacre (1950-2015) was a Christian, wife, mother, Nana, sister, and friend. Cathy and her husband Gerry worshiped with the New Hope Church of Christ, in Bradyville, Tennessee.
Family was one of her crowning joys in life. Married to Gerry for over 47 years they had many years of adventure and love. Her children and grandchildren kept her busy and happy. Everywhere Cathy lived from Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and more she made dear friends who she considered family.
Cathy had the opportunity to participate in mission work for many years. She had the privilege of speaking at Ladies Days, teaching Vacation Bible Schools, and conducting workshops in Jamaica, Scotland, New Zealand, and in the United States.
Cathy was involved in teaching for over 50 years, from nursery to adults. Cathy believed that Christian Education is one of the greatest mission efforts we can be involved in, and the benefits are eternal.
This article by Cathy Whitacre was originally published in The Gospel Journal. It was in the July 2006 issue. Article is used with permission by The Gospel Journal.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®.
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