Joel R. Beeke
The Christian Teacher as Office-Bearer
4.75" x 7"
Table of Contents:
Introduction: A Teacher-Valued, Christ-Centered, Reformation-Grounded Approach
1. Bearing Christ's Prophetic Office as Teachers
2. Bearing Christ's Priestly Office as Teachers
3. Bearing Christ's Kingly Office as Teachers
4. Conclusion: The Beauty of Christ's Threefold Office for Teacher
In this book, my dear brother rightly shines the spotlight on our hearts as teachers. Curriculum content, instructional strategies, pedagogical understandings, and discipline methods are important, but the most essential for the Christian teacher is to model Christ. While this treatise does provide gems of practical application, its target is the heart. Christian teachers (whether parents, schoolteachers, elders or pastors), are called to be living reflections of Christ. We are the picture our children or students witness. The impact is often lifelong, and the result can be eternal. The author insightfully examines the heartbeat of our Christian teaching under the headings of Christ’s offices: prophet, priest, and king. We all need to grow as Christian teachers in becoming Christlike prophets in teaching; as priests in sacrificing, praying, and being a blessing for; and as kings in servant leadership of, guiding, and protecting our children and students. And when overwhelmed with our own insufficiencies, this book again points us to the sufficiency of Christ. Read this short book. It clearly displays the foundation and hope of Christian education and the heart and love of a Christian teacher, which is Christ the Teacher of all Christian teachers.
–James W. Beeke
Joel Beeke is a gift to the church. He combines the rare gifts of rich depth and simplicity. This little book is a gem. Using the pattern of Christ’s three-fold office as Prophet, Priest, and King, Beeke unfolds the privileges and responsibilities of being a teacher. We will be providing this book for all our teachers at our Christian school and for our Sunday school teachers, homeschoolers, and teaching elders, as well as making it widely available to all who have the responsibility to teach. To say that it is inspirational is no exaggeration.
–Dr. Brian Borgman
Dr. Joel R. Beeke is a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.
He has written and co-authored over one hundred books (most recently, Reformed Systematic Theology, Vol. 1: Revelation and God, Reformed Preaching, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life; Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith; Prepared by Grace, for Grace: The Puritans on God’s Ordinary Way of Leading Sinners to Christ; and Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination), edited another one hundred books, and contributed 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias.
His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren.