An Effective Teacher

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In many ways, Socrates is considered one of history’s great teachers. We reach this decision because of the success of his pupils, particularly the philosopher Plato.

Many people have a great deal of knowledge, but that does not guarantee that they will be good teachers. But Socrates developed an unusually effective teaching method that has stood the test of time, called the Socratic method.

This approach is based on asking questions, seeking to encourage students to think and consider the issues for themselves. Socrates himself was depicted demonstrating this  approach in many of Plato’s dialogues.

Paul himself was also a great teacher. We see his concern in his letter to Timothy. His letter is filled with instructions on how to approach ministry, how to deal with disputes, how to interact with others, and how to choose leaders. He wrote about what to focus on and insights into correct understanding of spiritual truths.

As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he considered Timothy to be his “beloved and faithful child in the Lord,” a trusted emissary, and a man who could teach others how to follow Jesus (1 Corinthians 4:17).

As Paul reminds us, we all should have a concern for the next generation – young men and women who are growing in their faith. Be good examples and model the way others should live. Teach Spirit-inspired, time-tested interpretations of the Bible. Encourage them to become more effective witnesses.