Teacher, Teach

Teacher, Teach! by Dan Hurst is a book that focuses on the principles for growing a class to its potential. The book, published by Living Power, zeros in on ten principles that every teacher can apply to their efforts.

Dan doesn’t write by theory. As a Bible teacher of one of the largest classes in the Midwest, he shares from his heart and experience. You’ll find his insights to be challenging, illuminating and encouraging.

Teacher, Teach! was written for teachers to inspire and help focus them on their calling to teach truth from God's word.

Consider using Teacher, Teach! to motivate your teachers, or as a thank you gift for their service.

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Dan Hurst says, “I am not a great teacher.” Don’t you believe it! The insight he gives in this helpful material will enable others to teach with the same clarity, effectiveness and life application he does. Here is help for many who may think “I am not a great teacher.”

Dr. Jerry Vines, Pastor Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention

Every Bible Teacher should read this book. Dan Hurst has built the largest Bible Study class in our church, starting from nothing. His principles work. He has the class to prove it. Dan’s down to earth writing style, together with his inspirational stories make this book a must read for anyone who wishes to teach the Bible to others.”

Jim White, Editor Religious Herald

Teacher, Teach! is for Bible teachers everywhere who are longing to connect in authentic and effective ways with their students. It is not about lofty ideals – it is about Dan Hurst’s own experiences in teaching. The author’s lively examples and clear instruction will inspire and energize those who share God’s Word with others. I highly recommend this book as an essential tool for Bible teachers of all kinds!

Beverly Van Kampen Author of The Bible Study Teacher’s Guide and The GodSense Devotional

“Teacher, Teach!” provides practical principles and reminders that every communicator of God’s Word needs to have in their playbook. Dan’s encouraging words will remind those who have the privilege of teaching that impacting people is worth the effort, every single time.

Jack Graham, Pastor Prestonwood Baptist Church

Selections from the Book

1. Give Them Practical Application

I’ve always been amazed when I sat in classes where the teacher introduced a passage, gave a little historical background, shared some differing viewpoints, asked some sort of question to try to get people interested, and if there were no comments, moved on to the next passage.

That’s not teaching. I’m not really sure what it is.

One thing I do know is that teaching most definitely includes application. In fact, we’re taught in the Bible how we should teach! Paul said it very clearly to Timothy:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16–17

These two verses give us a basis for teaching and studying the Word of God.

  • First we must understand the teaching, or the doctrine of a passage.
  • Secondly, where does it show us that we are out of bounds spiritually? How does it reveal the sin in our lives?
  • Thirdly, what needs to happen to correct what is wrong?
  • Fourthly, what is the training in righteousness, or the application?…

2. Feed Them What They Are Hungry For

I’ve always been curious about the logic of teachers and church leaders who decide what should be taught without researching what their people are hungry for in the Word.

We live in an “On Demand” day. People can choose what music they want to listen to and when. They can choose what TV shows they want to watch and when. They can go shopping anytime of the day. Many can even choose what hours they will work. Most can choose just about any meal for supper and pick it up or have it delivered within minutes.

The bottom line is people are used to choosing what they sense or feel they want. It does us no good to debate that social factor. It is what it is. And we need to be ministering accordingly to those felt needs.

That doesn’t mean we ignore what God wants. Of course not! We’re always to be obedient to God’s will. But if you’re a doctor and your patient tells you his stomach is hurting, you don’t ignore that and treat him for athlete’s foot. When you know what your people’s concerns are, you have a roadmap for teaching.

Jesus had the most amazing approach to teaching. Usually before Jesus started teaching He did one of two things:

First He asked people what they needed.

Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"… Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."Matthew 20:30–33

Now, make no mistake, Jesus knew what they wanted. By getting them to set the parameters for what He was about to do, He got their attention! He used their needs to accomplish His will! …