The teacher who is not a Christian in deed and in truth discredits the sacred place he holds. His first duty is to get right with God - that is, if he intends to continue teaching; if not, there is only one right course, he should resign. Here are the marks of a true Christian teacher:
1. He should have a clear and definite experience.
of the heart the mouth speaks. The Sunday school teacher who is
himself untaught of God cannot efficiently teach his class the way of
2. He should have an earnest purpose to save souls.
lead children to Christ is the supreme duty, and a teacher's position
gives to him an opportunity beyond that of even the parent and pastor.
3. The truly Christian teacher will use the "means of grace."
are prayer, tithing and giving, church attendance, Bible study, prayer,
and so on. God has instituted these means, in the full use of which
there is spiritual growth. Without these, there will be a leanness of
4. The teacher must exercise self-denial.
one becomes a Sunday school teacher, it is at once a question of
example to others, rather than of allowance to one's own conscience in
In other words, there may be an
activity that you can do with a clear conscience. But if it would in
any way offend a student, or unintentionally influence in a negative
way, you should refrain from that activity. (1)