The Greatest Teaching Method

November 13, 2015

“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2)

The Apostle Paul invested himself in a one on one relationship with a young man named Timothy.  He challenged Timothy to have that same kind of relationship with other men, who would then have that kind of relationship with other faithful men.

I had about seven years of classroom education for the ministry.  I also had a handful of older men who mentored me personally in a relationship like Paul had with Timothy.  A great pastor named Ray Stedman invested four hours every Thursday afternoon for a year with me in the Word of God.  He challenged me to do the same with others.

As I have considered the impact of Ray Stedman’s investment in me and my investment in others, I have come to the conclusion that this is the greatest teaching method in the world.

This method actually started for me when I was a small boy as I watched my father spend hours sitting in a rocking chair preparing his Sunday school lesson.  Every now and then he would exclaim, “Oh this is wonderful!”

I realized there is wonderful truth in the Bible.  When I was a late teenager I adopted that declared value of my father and have passed that value on to my son who is a pastor.  I am greatly blessed to have had a father and a mother who taught me the Scriptures in a one on one relationship like Paul had with Timothy.

If you are a Timothy, do you have a Paul? If you are a Paul, do you have a Timothy?

Dick Woodward, 08 December 2012

Editor’s Note: Women readers note that we are not off the hook – we should be challenged to do the same with younger/ older women in our faith communities! The daughters and sons of Dick Woodward would not be where we are today if it had not been for our precious Mama who prayed for us, taught us about Jesus, loved us with His love… and led by her example of faith.  Of course, it also helped that she & Papa ganged up together to get the Word of God into us (& us into the Word!) 


The Word of God and Life

October 29, 2013

“… that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

This Scripture is an excerpt from one of the greatest sermons of Moses.  Moses preached that the more we understand the Word of God, the more we understand life.  And the more we experience life, the more we understand the Word of God.  The two throw light upon each other.

After studying the Word of God in the classroom for seven years I took a job as a social worker.  While being on call every night for a year I not only learned a lot about life, I greatly deepened my understanding and appreciation of the Word of God.

For example, we are told in the first Psalm that one of the greatest blessings of the blessed man is that he does not stand in the way of the sinner.  As a pastor having picked up the pieces with sinners for many years I know that the way of the sinner is very hard indeed.

I have also enjoyed the benefits and blessings personally and with many others that are the result of building life on the teachings and the value systems of the Bible.  We who build our lives on the Word of God are not only saved from sin but for a life that is rich with meaning and fulfillment.  We live lives that are filled with meaning and a sense of accomplishment in this life and in the life to come.

Experience is a convincing teacher.  That’s why our loving God will make us know that the Word of God shows us how to live.