Spiritual Gift Teacher | Teaching
The Greek work for the spiritual gift of teaching is “didaskalia” G1319.
Definition and Purpose of the Teacher Gift
The spiritual gift teacher is the special ability God gives to explain truths in a logical and systematic way and effectively instruct others in their application. Groups need someone with this gift in to process and communicate information to others in a way that is easily understood and applied.
Service ideas: Bible study leader, mentor/discipleship leader, corporate teacher, scripture education, teaching (e.g. sermons, short exhortations, Sunday School classes, new membership classes, training in any area of the Church), home school support, tutor, special needs ministries
Vulnerability of the Teacher
All the gifts, talents and abilities that we have can be used negatively. When teacher is used in a selfish, harsh, over-barring, reckless manner or when it is enabling sin or dysfunctional behavior, it would not be Spirit-led or an expression of love. This gift is best used when coupled with Governing, Craftsman, Prophecy, Knowledge, Administration and Discernment
For example, someone with the Teaching gifting could be blessed with a naturally inspirational character, but in turn can unintentionally become pretentious.
Romans 12:7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;
Ephesians 4:11-14 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
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