Lingering in Worship: Teaching

Lingering in Worship: Teaching Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 7:9-20; Colossians 3:12-17

Can we overemphasize the importance of a teacher? If I ask you to consider the greatest teachers you can think of, do you automatically think of famous philosophers who imparted wisdom for the ages? Maybe. More likely, you’ll think of someone who taught YOU something that changed YOUR life.

How Does A Teacher Transform A Life?

Receive Royal Recognition ~ Ezra 7:9-20

  • 9/10 intro: Ezra arrives to study and teach
  • 11/14 search the Law (know your source material)
  • 15/17 collect and use offerings (gather your materials)
  • 18/20 restore correct worship (teach the lesson)

Give What You’ve Gained ~ Colossians 3:12-17

  • 12 you are chosen, so choose the good
  • 13 you are forgiven, so forgive
  • 14 wrap up life in love
  • 15 let peace BE YOUR UMPIRE
  • 16 Word BE AT HOME IN YOU
  • 17 ALL (means all) in Jesus name

What do teachers make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.  One man, a CEO, decided to  explain the problem with education.

He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

He reminded the other dinner guests what  they say about teachers, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

To emphasize his point he said to another  guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie.  Be honest. What do you make?”    Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,  “You want to know what I make?” She paused for a second, then began.

“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.  I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

“I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class  time when their parents can”t make them sit for five minutes without an iPod, Game Cube or movie rental.”   She paused again and looked at each and every person at  the table, and continued, “You want to know what I make?”

“I make kids wonder.”

“I make them question.”

“I make them apologize and mean it.”

“I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.”

“I teach them to write and then I make them write.  Keyboarding isn’t everything.”

“I make them read, read, read.”

“I make them show all their work in math.  They use their God-given brain, not the man-made calculator.”

“I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in  English while preserving their unique cultural identity.”

“I make my classroom a place where all  my students feel safe.”

“I make my students stand, placing their  hand over their heart to say the Pledge  of Allegiance to the flag, one nation under God, because we live in the United States of America.”

“I make them understand that if they use the  gifts they were given, work hard, and follow  their hearts, they can succeed in life.”

Pausing one last time, Bonnie continued, “Then, when people try to judge me by what  I make, with me knowing money isn’t  everything, I can hold my head up high and  pay no attention because they are ignorant.  You want to know what I make?”

“I make a difference.”

“What do you make, Mr. CEO?”

His jaw dropped, and he was silent.

Everything you do, do IN Jesus. Jesus is your ultimate teacher: are you transmitting what He’s teaching?

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