It's Scary to Teach Truth


As teachers and leaders, sometimes it's scary to teach the truth. We must remember that our purpose is to please God, not people.

Today I want to be honest with you—open, even raw. Here it is.

It’s not hard for me to stand up and teach in front of thousands of people. However, at times, I tremble at the thought of how others will respond to what I teach. This may come as a surprise but there are times we (teachers and preachers) are afraid to teach what we see in the text. It can cause a stir—trouble, so we pull back and stick to the script.

Let’s be real. It’s not fun to be criticized, to have your character defamed, or your intentions questioned. It happens. Personally, I’ve never gotten used to it.

Some weeks, I teach passages that seem to cause Christians to rear up. So, as I prepare to teach, I also prepare my heart and mind for the responses of God’s people.

“Jesus, today I speak as your messenger approved by you to be entrusted with the Good News. My purpose is to please you, not people. You alone examine the motives of my heart.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT)

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