Introduction to Christian Education
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kara Powell
January 1, 2002
"Teaching the Word of God"

I.   Education in Christianity is needed just as much if not more than in public schooling
A.   2Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
B.   Christian Education is not a ministry of mediocrity but a ministry of multiplication
1.   The point is that you teach others and they teach others and they teach others
2.   What you have taught will never end if this principle continues
II.   The Law of Teaching
A.   If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow
B.   Two things the Teacher must know
1.   That which they would teach (the content)
2.   Those to whom they wish to teach (their audience)
C.   Three Understandings about this Law that must be kept in the forefront
1.   This law embraces a philosophy that the teacher is mainly a learner
a.   A teacher is simply the "learnest" of all learners
b.   2Peter 3
2.   An attitude that you have never arrived
a.   Philippians 3:14-15 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
b.   You learn from the past but you do not live in it
c.   The greatest threat to teaching is satisfaction
d.   Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble because it knows so little
3.   It involves a relationship between content and communication; between facts and forms; between what you teach and how you teach it
D.   Three Applications to Better Teaching Ability
1.   By a consistent study and reading program
a.   Leaders are readers and readers are leaders
b.   In the next 10 years you will be influenced most by two things: the books you read and the people you meet
c.   Being under the Word of God is not the same as being in the word of God
2.   It should be the teacher's objective to become an authority in the area of teaching and to meet the needs of those you are teaching
a.   Know each of your students needs and pray over them
b.   We need not to label those we are teaching
3.   By intensive, personal evaluation
a.   Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.
b.   If you want to minister to others; you must first minister yourself