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TEACHING: Gift of the Holy Spirit

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Dr. Bob, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    Just as each of us has one body with many parts, and these parts all function diistincly, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each part belongs to all the others.

    But having differing gifts according to the grace which is given to us,
    whether prophesying, according to the proportion of faith;
    or service, in the ministry;
    or the one who teaches in teaching;
    or the one encouraging in the exhortation;
    the one contributing in simplicity;
    the one who takes the lead, with diligence;
    the one showing mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Third listed by God is "Teaching"

    This gift involves the presentation and explanation of all truth in the light of God's eternal Word and principles. This is done is such a manner as to be fully understood and applied (so that the student's will has opportunity to choose a proper course of action).

    CHARACTERISTICS (good/bad)
    • Declare/validate truth as genuine and unimpeachable, worthy of great consideration
    • Present truth in systematic sequic (line on line, precept on precept)
    • Emphasis on research/accuracy to "look inside" people/events
    • Diligence in living the life taught
    • Fight lack of humility (knowledge swells up) and despise others less educated
    • Not easily taught by others
    • Relying on human reasoning and leaning on our own understanding, not the mind-transforming
    • Focus on detail and not practical application of knowledge (just the facts ma'am)

    God gave the church elders to be "pastor/teachers" (single gift to the local assembly) to shepherd and teach