With all due respect to the pulpit, sometimes evangelicals leave the impression that only pastors need to know how to teach. But if you’re trying to learn the Bible for yourself, explain the gospel to an unbelieving friend, or catechize your children, you need tools to study and teach the Scriptures. Nothing could be more important to the work of The Gospel Coalition than to help Christians love God’s Word and share it with others.
That’s why we’re so excited to announce this week’s launch of a new audio series that will help you—no matter your education and experience—love and live out the Scriptures in your family, community, and church. In Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy Guthrie talks to some of the best Bible teachers and preachers of our day in hopes of equipping Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, youth leaders, children's leaders, men's and women's Bible study teachers—anyone who seeks to open up the Bible and teach—to rightly, effectively, and creatively teach through specific books of the Bible.
“In some cases I'm sitting down with people who have written books on the biblical book we're discussing,” Nancy says. “But more often I'm trying to catch excellent Bible teachers in the midst or just after they've finished teaching through a particular book, when their enthusiasm is high and the challenges as well as opportunities of that particular book are still fresh in their minds. That has made for some interesting and what I hope will be helpful discussions.”
Nancy Guthrie has been a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition and speaker for our national conferences. She has authored five studies in the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible series, published by Crossway, our sponsor for Help Me Teach the Bible. We’re delighted to work with Nancy, a gifted Bible teacher and interviewer.
“My goal is not simply to explain the content of book, though in each episode we are working our way through most of, or at least the high points of the book,” Nancy explains. “My goal is more specifically to get to the bigger themes and emphasis in the book that will ground us and guide us in our preparation as teachers. We consider possible structures and pathways for teaching through the book and weed out common misunderstandings or misapplications of the book.”
Help Me Teach the Bible will launch this week with a two-part conversation with John Piper on the book of Philippians. Then, over the coming months, Help Me Teach the Bible will feature insights from the following teachers:
- Mark Futato on Psalms
- Bryan Chapell on Ephesians
- Dale Ralph Davis on Joshua
- Michael Lawrence on Acts
- David Helm on Daniel
- Dan Doriani on James
- Colin Smith on Jonah
- Sam Storms on Hebrews
- Mike Bullmore on 2 Chronicles
- Ryan Kelly on 1 Samuel
- Derek Thomas on Mark
- Gary Millar on 1 Kings
- Liam Goligher on Isaiah
Watch for new releases every couple weeks at TGC.org and in our podcast. Listen, share the interviews with other teachers, and most importantly, open the Bible with confidence that God has gifted you with the Holy Spirit to understand and tell others about this good news.