A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER
1. HE MUST HAVE A SAVING EXPERIENCE OF THE GOSPEL HE IS SEEKING TO IMPART TO THE PUPIL
He must know experimentally the truth he teaches. The Saviour solemnly declared: “The blind cannot lead the blind.” Each Sunday School teacher should make certain, on the authority of God’s word, that he is a regenerated child of God.
2. HE MUST HAVE A CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN LIFE BEHIND HIM
He should exemplify, in his character, the truth he teaches, or his teaching will be all in vain. Paul, the great teacher, could write to those whom he had taught and say, “Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you” (I Thess. 2:10, compare Matt. 5:16).
3. HE MUST BE SINCERE IN HIS PERSON
That is, he must be courteous, tactful, easy to approach. He should teach as though he believed its truth. It should not be merely the sense of duty, but the constraining love of Christ that is the underlying motive for all his service.
4. HE MUST BE STUDIOUS
He must study at least three things:
- His message. He must so search the Scriptures and prepare the lesson.
- His man. That is, his pupils. He must study their needs, habits, homes, capacity, etc.
- His method. He must study the art of simplicity, clarity and variety in his teaching.
5. HE MUST BE PRAYERFUL
He must pray for:
- Himself, that he may have humility, sympathy, patience and persistence with his class.
- Light on the lesson. The Holy Spirit alone can teach.
- Power to so present the truth of his class that it shall accomplish the purpose that God desires.