As a Bible teacher or group facilitator, do you ever lament your lack of formal training, or feel inadequate compared to the abilities of other Bible study leaders you’ve observed?
As a preacher, have you ever listened to a silver-tongued orator and felt envious because you don’t have the same natural capacity to command an audience’s attention?
Have you ever observed a Christian worker whose effervescent personality swayed people, all the while wishing you weren’t as reserved or introverted?
Who hasn’t doubted their usefulness to God based on these criteria!?
But despite the value of training classes or ministerial education…
Despite the advantage of exceptional presentation skills dispensed by God’s grace to a few choice servants…
Despite the magnetic pull of a riveting personality…
None of those is the primary factor that gives efficacy to our words as leaders, teachers, and evangelists. The variable that matters most isn’t intrinsic to us, nor something we can add to our resume, nor part of our gift mix. It isn’t something we work to obtain or that improves with experience. It isn’t anything we can take credit for or boast about.
The basis for confidence in our ministries, and the key that unlocks fruitfulness, is the power inherent in God’s Word. No other asset compares to the Holy Spirit’s shuttling of Scripture from the ears of listeners, to their mind and hearts.
What specific Bible verses buttress this conclusion? What verses do I “preach to myself” when I need more confidence as a Bible teacher or study group leader?
Next time I’ll share several texts that show what God’s Word says about itself—texts that every handler of God’s Word should memorize.