Spiritual Gift of Teaching

Teaching (Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11-14)

Definition:
The spiritual gift of teaching is the supernatural ability to discern, communicate, and impart truth.

Description:
People who possess the gift of teaching have the ability to take complex truths and articulate them in way that is memorable to listeners of various backgrounds. This gift can be expressed in many ways from preaching during a church service, leading a small group, discipleship class, writing books, or disciplining people one on one.

Example from the Scripture:
Here is brief list of people from the New Testament who had the gift of teaching: Apollos (Acts 18:24); Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:26); Paul (Acts 28:30-31) ; elders/pastors (1 Timothy 3:2;5:17); Timothy (1 Timothy 4:11); Titus (Titus 2:1); and godly women (Titus 2:24).

When this gift is present:
When the gift of teaching is active in a local congregation people are rooted in sound doctrine, set free from bad thinking and discipled in towards spiritual maturity.

When this gift is absent:
When the gift of teaching is absent in a local church people are vulnerable to being swept up by the latest trend, false teachings, or even demonic influences (Ephesians 4:14).

In the Life of Jesus:
Everywhere that Jesus went he taught the crowds that followed him (Matthew 4:23). In fact one of the names that Jesus was called many times throughout the gospels is the word Rabbi, which means “teacher” (John 1:49).

Do you have the spiritual gift of Teaching?

* Do people seek you out to explain complex biblical truths?
* Are you energized by the opportunity to teach the Scripture to a group of people?
* Do people thank you for the way you communicate the Scriptures?
* Take our free spiritual gift test

Practical ways to implement and develop the spiritual gift of Teaching:
* Ask your pastor if you can teach a class.
* Offer to do sermon research for your pastor.
* Spend time praying that God would strengthen this gifting.
* Check out our Bible Studies on spiritual gifts.
* Check out our videos and interviews.
* Sign up for our email list.

Ministry opportunities:
* Teach a class at church
* Exegetical study support
* Develop Bible study curriculum

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