Here’s the thing. I am a preacher. Every Sunday I stand up and open up the Bible to the congregation. More than anything else that defines my ministry.
But there is a phrase used to describe pulpit ministry that I hear a lot down here in the south east of England that just makes me cross. It’s “teaching the Bible”.
Now don’t get me wrong I believe in teaching the Bible. It’s a good thing to do. Every Christian needs regular Biblical instruction. I just don’t believe that ‘teaching the Bible’ is the best description of the normative work of the Christian ministry. I am NOT a Bible teacher. Here’s why…
I am not primarily here to teach Bible, because I am here primarily to preach Christ, which is something much bigger. That is my job. It’s not at all the same thing as simply teaching the text.
Read more here:
Why I Am Not a Bible Teacher pt. 1
Why I Am Not a Bible Teacher pt. 2
I posted this same article at my blog Solus Christus a few days ago. Somehow Dave knew that I had linked to his blog and posted a couple encouraging comments. Check it out.