How to Teach the Bible 0002 - Lesson 1

Styles of Teaching

The Devil

  1. HIS ABILITY
    1. His Creation
      1. He was created perfect in the beginning (Ezekiel 28:15).
      2. He was "the anointed cherub that covereth" (Ezekiel 28:14).
      3. He was said to be full of wisdom (Ezekiel 28:12).
      4. He was possibly the most powerful of God’s creation (Jude 1:9).
    2. His Power
      1. He led in the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:1-6).
      2. He got into the heart of Judas Iscariot (John 13:2).
      3. Believers must be fully armed to withstand his wiles (Ephesians 6:11).
      4. He takes some captive at his own will (2 Timothy 2:26).
      5. He is as dangerous as a lion (1 Peter 5:8).
      6. Consider his influence in the cults and false religions of the world and you will find that he has far more converts than we could even wish for.
  2. HIS STYLE
    1. Asking Questions
      1. The first question of the Bible was asked by the Devil (Genesis 3:1).
      2. The Devil used a question to get his agenda across with Adam and Eve.
      3. This does not necessarily mean that this is a bad approach; as a matter of fact, the Lord often uses the same approach.
      4. Asking questions can actually bring the hearers into agreement with you without having to convince them that you are right.
    2. Explaining Gain
      1. The Devil does not give all of the negative details, but he does give his hearers reasons why they should follow his plan.
        1. He told Eve that she would become as a god, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:5). Notice that he was able to convince Eve to eat without even telling her to do so.
        2. He told the Lord that He could gain all of the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4:8-9).
      2. This again does not necessarily mean that this is a bad approach. The Lord uses this approach and we are admonished to use it as well (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).
      3. Perhaps one reason why we struggle to get people to follow our teaching is because we do not show them enough of the benefit of obedience.
    3. Appealing to the Desire of the Hearer
      1. Satan appealed to Eve’s desire and that is how he deceived her (Genesis 3:5-6).
      2. Satan attempted to appeal to a desire of the Lord during the temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:2-3).
      3. As teachers we must appeal to the desire of the students. Do they desire peace? Do they desire hope? Do they desire fellowship with God? Do they desire blessings?
    4. Manipulating Context
      1. The Devil knows scripture (Luke 4:9-10).
      2. The Devil, however, is willing to take verses out of context or ignore some context (Luke 4:9-10; Psalm 91:11-13).
      3. As teachers of God’s word, we must be careful to always be honest in our approach to the study and teaching of God’s word. This means that we teach the Bible in its context.
  3. HIS PURPOSE
    1. To Yield Doubt
      1. Satan brought doubt into the mind and heart of Eve (Genesis 3:1-5).
      2. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4).
      3. Any teacher that leaves the students doubting any part of God’s word is doing the work of Satan.
    2. Self Gain
      1. Satan always strives to convince people based on his own personal gain.
      2. The mainline Christian teachers of our day are teaching a great deal more for personal gain than for eternal rewards.
      3. As teachers we must make sure that our purpose for teaching is correct. We should never twist the scriptures for our gain. Even when teaching sound biblical truths, we ought to make sure that our motive is right.
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:2

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.