The Importance of the Sunday School Teacher

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The Sunday school teacher is second only to the preacher. His or her commission is directly from God. To teach at all is a work of serious responsibility, but to teach the Bible to children and youth, in the one formative period of life, is an especially sacred vocation - one not to be taken lightly.

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1. The Importance of the Sunday School TeacherThe Sunday school teacher is second only to the preacher. His or hercommission is directly from God. To teach at all is a work of seriousresponsibility, but to teach the Bible to children and youth, in the one formativeperiod of life, is an especially sacred vocation - one not to be taken lightly.The skilled Sunday school teacher, trained intellectually and spiritually for hisgreat work, can have a profound impact on homes, the church, and even thecountry. Never underestimate the power of one person when that person isused by God.The Teachers First PriorityThe Sunday school teachers first priority is to be right with God. Here aresome thoughts on that.1. He should have a clear and definite experience.Out of the heart the mouth speaks. Like begets like in spiritual as in otherthings, and the Sunday school teacher who is himself untaught of God cannotefficiently teach his class the way of life. 1 2. 2. He should have an earnest purpose to save souls.To guide the students toward salvation is the teachers supreme duty, and hisposition gives to him an opportunity beyond that of even parent and pastor.3. The truly Christian teacher will use the "means of grace."These are prayer, giving, church attendance, study of the Bible, and so on. Godhas instituted these means for our spiritual growth. Without them there willbe leanness of soul.4. The teacher must exercise self-denial.When one becomes a Sunday school teacher, it is at once a question ofexample to others, rather than of allowance to ones own conscience in thingsdoubtful.For example, I once went to a restaurant with my husband for ouranniversary. I ordered a drink, thinking that it was a soft drink. I found outthat it was alcoholic. As soon as I realized that, I quit drinking it. I would notwant one of my Sunday school students to come into the restaurant and seeme drinking that beverage.The point is, some people may not think that one alcoholic drink is wrong. Butif that action could influence even one person the wrong way, I will notindulge in it. (Personally, I do not drink at all.) This is what is meant by self-denial in this case. 2 3. This article is taken from a book called The Sunday School Teacher byProfessor H. M. Hamill, D.D., Copyright 1901. It has been rewritten and adaptedby Jessica Gerald of.com http://www.oldfashionedhomemaking. 3

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