A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

                                                                                                                    Luke 6:40 NASB


Key Principles for Christian Teachers

  1. Good teachers won’t merely instruct well.  Good teachers impart knowledge.  Knowledge begins with God as the omniscient (all knowing) One and the Creator (Gen. 1:1) of all things. Also, the fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of knowledge (Prov. 1:7) but also of wisdom and understanding (Prov. 9:10) .  Real or true knowledge, that is, knowledge as it is intended to be, includes God as the foundation and His purpose as the goal.  This point is critical.

  2. Good teachers must first possess what they purport to impart to students.  Luke 6:40 sobers the teacher to be fully equipped themselves, acting as a living model of individuals that possess real knowledge.

  3. Good teachers recognize the important role that knowing one’s true origin plays in a student’s life; imparting proper identity, a right view of belonging, the source of authority, a compelling purpose, and a wise course of action.  This means holding to a literal (grammatical historical) understanding of Genesis and being able to articulate its relevance to all academic disciplines and culture (Jn. 5:46-47).

  4. Good teachers are bold in speech, unhindered by the fear of man in naming the name of Jesus Christ, and using His word (Acts 4:18-19, 5:29 – 30)(Matt. 10:32-33, Acts 4:31, et. al.).

  5. Good teachers recognize the importance of, and welcome, cross-examination in the search for truth (Prov. 18:17, Acts 17:11).

  6. Good teachers understand the times (1 Chron. 12:32) with knowledge of what should be done and thus taught.

  7. Good teachers speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).

  8. Good teachers understand biblical origin and proper jurisdiction of family, church, and state, especially in the educational process.

  9. Good teachers grasp the weight that a teaching ministry carries with it (James 3:1), being weary of presumption.

  10. Good teachers are mindful of their motivation to teach, namely, love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5).


“Good” – adj.  that which is in conformity to God’s purpose in design.

“Teacher” – n. one who instructs into a particular doctrine, method, or practice.

A skilled teacher can teach any body of content and produce high retention in students.  Yet a good teacher imparts knowledge and that profits eternally (Matt. 14:26a).