“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” – 1 Cor 11:1
Paul could have simply said, “Be imitators of Christ!” – but the people were forming factions around various authority figures. So he cut through the confusion with the simple rule: “only imitate me (or anyone else) to the extent that I imitate Christ.”
The best teachers are also role models, helping us to see what it looks like to apply their teaching. But like the rest of us, they have feet of clay. God has given us the Bible and the Holy Spirit to help us in discerning truth: and a plurality of wise guides in applying it. What joy it is as we gather in church and at Bible studies, exploring and celebrating our life in Him, knowing He will bring us through!