If teachers are being transformed by their understanding of God and His purposes, they will have a transforming impact on their students. As they look at what they teach from the radically different perspective revealed in the Bible, their excitement about the meaning and purpose of “common” things will be contagious. Their thankful spirit will stand in stark contrast to the selfishness that is so rampant. Their humility and love will bring life and hope into situations of darkness and despair—even if they are not allowed to quote the Bible or use Christian vocabulary. In fact, even in Christian environments, too many Bible verses may produce a negative rather than a positive response.
Textbook presentations of spiritual truth are more easily rejected because there is no relationship with the author. Discussions of the Big Questions within a learning “community” of teacher and students give the truth an authenticity which is undeniable. God uses the personal testimony of the life and words of the teacher to confirm the relevance and dependability of His Word. What is communicated in such discussions is far more effective than the best Christian curriculum materials. After all, students become like their teachers, not their curriculum.
Transformational Education Consultant
Today’s OnPractice is excerpted from Harold Klassen’s new e-book, Visual Valet: Personal Assistant for Christian Thinkers and Teachers. This incredibly helpful book is available for purchase here.