Jesus taught a parable that teaching the Bible was like sowing seed. Some of the seed falls on poor soil, but some falls on good soil that yields a good crop. The crop is growing in character and serving God, and accomplishing things that matter.
Matthew 13:3-8 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil. . .And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
I am of the opinion that the more I teach, the more seed that I sow, the greater the odds that some will fall on good soil.
So, starting the first weekend in October I will be teaching seven times each week plus at other events that come up. I will be teaching two “Men’s Leadership 1” classes each weekend, a “Ladies Leadership 1” class, a “Leadership 2” class, an “Advanced Leadership” class where attendees will learn how to teach effectively, I will be preaching at our “Wednesday Night Service” every week, and at Buena Vista Community Church on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. I am also preaching at our “Men’s Breakfast” October 2nd, I will be preaching twice at a “Men’s Rally” on October 9th, and I will be teaching 8 times in two days at our annual Conference the third week of January.
All of those classes ended last May and I have been reading, writing, studying in the midst of fishing and bicycle riding this summer, and I will end everything again this coming May. This cycle of concentrated teaching for eight months and then four months of recreation and study is working well for me, and I expect it will help keep me teaching into my 90’s.
If you have not attended one of my “Leadership” classes, I urge you to do it this year. They are life-changing.