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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    Good book for new Bible teachers

    In this book, Wilhoit and Ryken detail the basic and necessary components to teaching the Bible. They start by explaining how to teach (such as ¿challenging¿ students with thought provoking questions), and then shared what to teach (i.e. parables or epistles) (48). I feel the main purpose of the book is to show teachers how to interpret Scripture and pass the interpretation onto others (85). Another important function of the book is to ¿look honestly at where Bible teaching stands today and diagnose where it fails¿ (15). It is important for a teacher to realize that the mindset one has in regards to the Bible will affect how he or she teaches Scripture (i.e. hermeneutics involved and belief of the inerrancy of the Bible). ¿Effective Bible Teaching¿ is a readable technical manual (a sort of ¿A to Z¿ listing) in how a teacher should instruct students using the Bible so they can ultimately incorporate Scriptural truths into their lives. The authors¿ suggestions on how to get an accurate interpretation were simple yet worth mentioning¿ a teacher must discover two things: (1) What a passage meant to the original people for whom it was written, and (2) What it means for us today (32). I found the suggestions helpful because teachers who have been poorly trained may not have realized the basic information needed for proper Scripture interpretation (hermeneutics). Overall, I agree with the authors¿ ideas, and their description of Bible teaching¿ which is ¿ministering to people,¿ changing their faulty ideas about God, showing them how to live in faith, helping people to get rid of ¿self-defeating habits,¿ and encouraging them to learn ¿habits of holiness¿ (51). These are important aspects of Bible teaching that all teachers should address.

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