August 2016, Man on the Street

Why is Effective Teaching Important?

by Jehan Seals

TonyCorensintoPastor Tony Corsentino 

Teaching is extremely important because it gives you the ability to inform, educate and instruct someone on a subject that could change his or her life for the better. I believe we are seeing the results of a lack of teaching and application of the Bible in society today, and it has had a profoundly negative impact. If people really knew Jesus on a personal level, they would not seek an escape in the form of drugs, alcohol, etc.

Jesus preached that the kingdom of God was here (on earth). For example, the man bound was delivered from the enemy and Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’ This is a real place where supernatural things took place, and still do take place. God made you to have fellowship with Him, and that means nothing else will satisfy man except a personal relationship with Jesus. People would not be confused about their identity if they were taught and understood who they are in Christ.

RachelBosterRachel Joyce Boster 

Recently, I went through a hard time in my life. To be honest, I felt like I lost my fire for the Lord. It wasn’t easy when I would see people in church having encounters with God, yet I was continuing to serve in church despite how I felt. I scrambled within my mind trying to figure out why I was in a dry place in my walk with God. Desperate for answers, I talked to my mom who explained that the answer was quite simple.

She said to me, “The reason I haven’t lost my fire for God is because I have disciples. They stir up the fire and gifts that are within me. I have to dig deep to pour out into them. There is always someone who needs my attention and that’s what keeps my fire burning because I am constantly having to rely on the Holy Spirit.”

Suddenly, it clicked in my mind! Jesus said to go into the world and make disciples — teach! “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you,” 2 Timothy 1:6 NLT. Disciples will stir and poke the coals of our fire. When I started teaching young teens how to worship God, it caused me to get my mind off of my own problems. My fire for God came back stronger because they fanned the flames of all the gifts inside of me. Teaching keeps us full of fresh fire for Jesus.

RaykaelMorrisRaykeal Morris 

I think that effective teaching is just ensuring people that you don’t have to be perfect. It’s important because it can point out the various ways people learn and adapt. Not all people learn the same way, and I believe it’s important for teachers to make that clear. It’s especially important in dealing with children. You have to instill in them that it’s ok to mess up, just make sure you do better the next time.

MarlenaSpiveyMarlena Spivey

Teaching is important because someone’s destination is being steered by the instruction you provide. First, you have to know exactly what you’re trying to teach. Teaching is im
portant because what you’re saying can ultimately change or transform the direction of someone’s life, so I suggest that you be well-versed in the subject matter, and allow God to lead you.