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Spiritual Gifts: Teaching

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Spiritual Gift of Teaching in Scripture:

1 Corinthians 12:27-28 - "All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages." NLT

Romans 12:7- "If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well." NLT

Matthew 4:23- "Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness." NLT

Matthew 7:28-29 - "When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law." NLT

Titus 2:2-4- "Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children," NLT

1 Timothy 3:2- "Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach," NIV

1 Timothy 5:17- "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching." NIV

James 3:1- "Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly." NIV

2 Timothy 1:11- "And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News." NLT

2 Timothy 3:16-17- "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." NIV

Acts 18:24-28- "Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah." NIV

What is the Spiritual Gift of Teaching?

Each of us has an understanding of God and the Scripture because someone in our lives had the spiritual gift of teaching. People with this spiritual gift enjoy taking the lessons of the Bible and sharing it with others so they get a deeper understanding of the Word. Those with the spiritual gift of teaching love to learn and research things so that they can give others a strong understanding of the Word. They are able to take what's in the Bible and show it to others in ways that it can be applied practically to their lives.

We see people with this spiritual gift in Sunday School, Bible colleges, running Bible studies, etc. They even give small seminars if they have an expertise in one area or another. However, there can be temptations when it comes to having the spiritual gift of teaching. Sometimes it becomes easier to rely on teaching skills rather than letting to Holy Spirit lead the lesson. Also, it is easy to fall into wanting to be liked, so a teacher may be tempted to say what others want to hear rather than what needs to be said. Finally, pride and stubbornness can set in, and a teacher could end up overloading his/her students or becoming judgmental of those who do not learn easily or challenge dogma.

Is the Gift of Teaching My Spiritual Gift?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer "yes" to many of them, then you may have the spiritual gift of teaching:

  • Do you enjoy showing others the truths in the Bible?
  • Do you feel a strong desire to start or lead a Bible study?
  • Are you patient when people don't seem to understand something and make sure you work with them until they get it?
  • Do you enjoy learning about the Bible and spiritual matters?
  • Do you like speaking to groups and individuals about the Word?
  • When you learn something new, are you just bursting at the seams to impart that knowledge unto others?
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