Transformed Teachers Teaching for Transformation

“Transformation” implies a change from one thing to another. For the Christian, transformation is a word that can be used to describe a change that takes place at the moment a person receives Christ. This immediate change, from death to life, is most often called conversion, being born again or spiritual birth. In modern Christianity, the term transformation typically is also used to refer to change that occurs within a believer, after conversion, whereby a believer is in a process of becoming more like Christ. The use of the word “transformation” to describe this change is rooted in the word “transformed” which Paul used when he said,  Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). The ultimate goal of this transformation is for every believer to be conformed to the image of Christ. Implied in spiritual transformation is the spiritual growth of the believer. Paul said it this way, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:28-29). The goal of the Bible teacher is to help Bible students grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and to lead the student toward spiritual transformation. The obvious question is how can a teacher lead others toward growth in their knowledge of God’s Word and spiritual transformation without first being in a process of spiritual transformation in his or her own life? “The teaching of God’s word to immortal beings is fraught with eternal consequences.”  – Gaines S. Dobbins Since eternal consequences hang in the balance, Bible teachers must be willing to pay the price for improvement. Good teachers should strive to become better teachers.

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