It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

THE ULTIMATE TEACHER




And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel: instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

2 Timothy 2:24-26



THE ULTIMATE TEACHER



Jesus left this command with his disciples:

Matthew 28: 19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son , and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you.
And behold I am with you always until the end of the Age.

To disciple, we have to go. To teach , we have to know.

To know means to accept by fact and experience.

The church desperately needs some sound teaching.

In Phillipians 1: 9-11 we find out the value and necessity of teaching in the Body of Christ.

And this is my prayer that your love may increase ever more and more in the knowledge and every kind of perception to discern what is of value so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

2 Timothy 2:15 says we should be a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deception

Hebrews 6:1 tells us that we should mature in our teaching and learning.

God not only commands that His people be taught, but has specific requirements as to what they should be taught

Jesus Christ is the ultimate teacher and we should teach as He taught.

So Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him

Teachers cannot teach what they please , even Jesus Christ taught only the words of His Father

In John 17:17 Jesus says God’s word is the truth

We should always measure others words against God’s word. If it doesn’t match, don’t accept it.

There are commands that tell how we are to teach

Titus 2:7-8 tells about the lifestyle of a teacher

…Showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity and sound speech that cannot be criticized, so that the opponent will be put to shame without anything bad to say about us.

Our attitude should be to sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear
1 Peter 3:15


God’s teacher is the vessel while God’s Word packs the punch

We are all called to teach in one form or another, as a mother, as a neightbor OR as a witness, a living testimony. If we analyze the responsibilities God has given us at home, work, or church, we can discover that we are all teachers.

Next week we will be the final week of this study - we’ll examine self-control. We’ll discover three principles for growing in self control and we look at a day lived in the self-control of the Spirit.

‘On Ya’ - ma

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