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All You Need To Know

**I have given them the teaching You gave to Me** (John 17:8).
Acts 1:12-14; Psalms 27:1,4,7-8; I Peter 4:13-16; John 17:1-11

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Scripture Summary John 17:8


A grandmother was constantly trying to improve her little granddaughter's vocabulary. She taught her some new words to use, and she also gave her advice on what words not to use. On one occasion, grandmother said, "My dear, I want you to do something for me. Would you promise not to use two words? One is cool, and the other is dorky." "Sure granny," said the little girl, "what are the two words?" It isn't likely that "granny" will be remembered as one of the world's great teachers.

In a book entitled "The Teacher," the author declares: "To a child thrust into a strange world, a good teacher is the best thing that can possibly happen." For example...

A good teacher is compassion with Kleenex in his or her pocket.

A good teacher is sympathy struggling with a snowsuit.

A good teacher is patience with papers to grade.

Good teachers spend twelve hours a day searching for truth and the other twelve hours searching for error.

Good teachers are incorruptible ... indispensable ... invincible ... and nearly inexhaustible.

Good teachers do not disintegrate before parents who spout, little boys who shout, or little girls who pout.1

Thank Heaven for good teachers!

Mark tells us in his Gospel that when Jesus taught in the Synagogue on the Sabbath, "His teachings made a deep impression on them because, unlike the Scribes, He taught them with authority" (Mk. 1:22). In many translations it is said that Jesus' listeners were "spellbound" by His teachings.

According to many leading educators, one extremely important qualification of a good teacher is enthusiasm for the subject being taught.

Our word "enthusiasm" comes from the Greek word meaning "God within." And the New Testament writers portray Jesus as a Teacher with unbounded enthusiasm for His subject -- so much so that He literally gave His life for it!

Moreover, Peter and the other disciples discovered Jesus' enthusiasm to be highly contagious, to the point that when He said "Follow Me," they gave up everything, and followed.

Through the Ages, even those who do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, recognize Him as "one of the world's great teachers." But [...]

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