The Gift of Teaching
I. A Supernatural Ability (John 14:26)
A. A person capable of teaching will not
automatically have the the teaching gift.
2. the Spirit may choose to bestow the gift on one who already has the talent.
Note: Similarities between the talent and the gift.
B. Educational skills cannot make the difference
between natural talent and spiritual gifts.
2. Giving information and facts without God's blessing cannot cause spiritual advancement.
C. A person without formal education can become a Spirit-gifted teacher. (Ephesians 4:11-12, a divine call)
II. A Clear Communication
A. Jesus is the Master Teacher (Matthew
26:25; Mark 10:17)
2. He asked questions of His hearers over 100 times. (Luke 15:3-4)
3. He frequently countered a question with a question. (Matthew 21:23-24)
4. He illustrated with use of parables.
5. He took advantage of occasions to make a point. (Matthew 22:23-30)
Note: At a supper, He spoke of people who made excuses for not coming to God's Great Supper. (Luke 14:15-24)
B. Possessing the gift does not guarantee
polished ability to communicate truth.
C. The teaching gift has a close association
with the prophetic gift.
Note: Paul had a team of helpers with him most of the time which helped to balance their preaching and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:10-13; 20-21)
2. Teaching and preaching were associated in the ministry of Christ, with teaching mentioned first. (Matthew 4:23)
Note: More is said of Christ's teaching than His preaching.
III. An Effective Application
A. The gift of teaching involves more than
just giving of information.
Note: Five steps of learning:
When two small boys were fighting over a toy after Sunday School, their mother knew they hadn't learned their lesson on the boy who shared his 5 loaves and 2 fishes.
2. Calls for acting upon what you know to be God's truth.
Note: When Suzy's teacher taught on 2 Corinthians 6:14, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with the unbeliever," she immediately thought of her unsaved boyfriend. When the meaning of the verse personally dawned upon her, she knew she had to break her relationship with him.
A man, after hearing a spirit filled teacher teach on the story of Joseph's resistance to the temptations by Potiphar's wife, he was able to reject the allurements of a married woman who had deliberately crossed his path.
Both illustrations show they learned the lesson. They had been taught by a teacher who used their gift of teaching.
IV. Teach a Body of Truth
A. Teaching was and is an indispensable
part of the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:20)
2. Teaching is essential to the chain of communication.
3. Teaching seems to be the main and only required gift for a pastor. (1 Timothy 3:2 "apt to teach")
Note: The only other qualification that could pass as a gift is in the same verse, "given to hospitality."
4. The gift requires study of doctrine. "Study...rightly dividing the word..." (2 Timothy 2:15)
V. Teaching: A Major Gift
A. Growth in truth is basic, vital and continually essential. (2 Peter 3:1-3; 2 Peter 3:18)
B. The gift of teaching has an outlet in a variety of ministries.
Note: Teaching of children, teenagers, college ministries, adults. Soloists, singing groups, choirs, can instruct through music. "...Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Older women can teach younger women and children. "...Teachers of good things." (1 Timothy 2:12; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15; Titus 2:3-4)
C. Though we may not have the gift of teaching, we are all to teach, though perhaps, in a limited way.
(Hebrews 5:12 "...ye ought to be a teacher.")
Note: No one owns a corner on Bible knowledge. All can learn from someone else. All can warn, instruct, admonish and edify.
"Let the person possessing the gift of teaching devote himself to teaching." (Romans 12:7)
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