Gifts 5

Teaching is the third gift listed in Romans 12:6-8.  Jesus was a teacher (Matthew 4:23) as was Paul (1 Timothy 2:7).  Elders are to be teachers (1 Timothy 3:2).  It is important for the church to have teachers (Acts 13:1).  

Good teaching has certain characteristics.  It presents the truth (Matthew 22:16).  It is done with authority (Matthew 7:29).  It obtains correct information from the right source: God’s Word (Acts 15:35).  Doctrines of men lead to vain teaching (Matthew 15:9).  Good teaching is impartial (Matthew 22:16).  It often involves helping a student recall what is already known (John 14:26).  A good teacher is patient and not quarrelsome (2 Timothy 2:24).  That teacher is consistent (1 Corinthians 4:17).  A dedicated teacher is steadfast; he or she keeps teaching (1 Timothy 4:11).  Good teaching requires maturity (Hebrews 5:11-14).

 There is a word of warning.   There are many false teachers (2 Timothy 4:3, Revelation 2:14,20, James 3:1).

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