What Is the Christian Teacher’s Gift?

In terms of knowledge, temperament, and oratory, we could discuss the teaching gift, but we won’t. We do not have that here.

Instead, let us take a step back and consider the purpose of the teaching gift within the context of the Church. The overall function of the spiritual gifts is elaborated upon in Ephesians 4:11–13, which elaborates on I Corinthians 12:7. However, we shall analyse these passages from the standpoint of the teaching ability:

For the perfecting of the saints in the task of service, to the edifying of the body of Christ; until we all come to the oneness of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).

The primary responsibility of educators is to prepare the faithful for acts of service. The role of the educator is to prepare the saints for ministry by providing them with a solid understanding of the faith, including the Bible, God, and the Christian life.

Christians will be unable to serve God faithfully if they are not familiar with the Bible as the authority by which they should live.
Disconnected Christians are unable to serve in an effective manner.
Christians who do not engage in the faith’s spiritual disciplines will find it difficult to serve others well.
The educator is in a prime position to guide students and provide both positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.

Second, the role of the educator is to strengthen the church. Leaders in the church are expected to serve as role models for their students by living Christ-like lives themselves. It is with this in mind that James 3:1 warns, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgement.” A teacher is a leader who should inspire students by setting a good example and challenging them to reach their full potential.
Teachers have a third role to play in fostering religious harmony within the Church. This is a double mandate for teaching what is right in terms of both doctrine and behaviour, or “orthodoxy” and “orthopraxy,” respectively. Teachers have a crucial role as gatekeepers of the truth in today’s society, which is rife with moral relativism and home to innumerable philosophies, sects, cults, religions, and heresies. We have an obligation to learn the truth and pass it on to others. When Paul tells Timothy to “entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also,” he is referring to those who can pass on the “things which you have heard from me” (II Timothy 2:2). To this end, he tells Timothy to “keep the standard of sound words which you have heard from me” (II Timothy 1:13) and to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). The only way for the Church to save its integrity and unity in the eyes of God and the world is to remain faithful to the truth and to preach it.

Fourth, we are tasked with leading others to a saving understanding of God the Son. This has deep relational overtones. As educators, our responsibilities extend beyond the mere dissemination of facts. The absence of personal devotion to God renders correct instruction useless. We need to be in a growing personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and we need to teach others how to be in that relationship. We should make prayer, meditation, and worship a regular part of our life, and we should encourage others to do the same.

Fifth, we must encourage the spiritual growth of every member of the church. Maturity on a spiritual level entails reaching a state of completeness. Being the people God has called us to be. Think of the adjectives and adverbs that come to mind when you think of an adult: responsible, thoughtful, wise, compassionate, understanding, reasonable, reliable, and faithful. Many people around us will benefit from our teaching and example as they progress toward spiritual maturity.

Ultimately, we are tasked with bringing the Church, Christ’s Body, to the full stature that is Christ’s. We strive to become more like Christ. Christ-centeredness and the process of being holy in Christ. Wisdom and education are poor yardsticks by which to judge an individual’s level of maturity. It is not a yardstick of religious dogmatism or the spiritual disciplines. Even though all of these are necessary for growth in Christ and likeness to Christ, having them all together does not guarantee that we will become more Christlike. Paul describes love as “the more excellent way” as the final component. what John called God as he talked about his infinite, awesome God. What Christ’s sacrifice on the cross illustrated for us.

We are commanded to love one another above all else. The only way to effectively instruct others is to care about them. Orthodoxy and orthodoxy make sense only when motivated by love. Only in an atmosphere of love can words of praise and rebuke be exchanged without risk of hurt. When we are united in love, we can become a holy Church.

We are giving you that. It is our duty to do so. This is exactly what we intend to do.

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of service, to the edifying of the body of Christ: until we all come to the oneness of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to the stature that belongs to the fullness of Christ. As stated in (Ephesians 4:11-13),

All Bible verses are taken from the New American Standard version unless otherwise noted.

(c) 2008 Paula Marolewski

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