TEACHERS MUST STRIVE TO TEACH TRUTH

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11

This morning, I reviewed my first edition of what is now, “Crucified with Him.” This book teaches who we are in Christ in a step-by-step system of learning. Anyway, as I read my first issue of this book written in 1995, I realized that some of my teachings changed over the years. Yes, the Lord gave me new insight, and this new insight allowed me to see something I did not see in the earlier edition. So I changed the message out of my desire teach the truth.

As teachers, we must put our egos aside. After all, it’s the Holy Spirit who transforms people from the inside, out, not us. Sometimes, we can become a little prideful. When I find prideful, I immediately repent of it. After all, we cannot change anyone’s life. All we can do is share the truth and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit.

PRIDE CAN KEEP US FROM LISTENING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Unfortunately, many teachers are not willing to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to them. They believe a certain way about a passage and nothing will change their minds about it. They would rather defend their interpretation, rather than give in and receive any correction from the Holy Spirit. Other teachers repeat what they’ve heard, without checking the scriptures to see if what they’re teaching is true.

WE HATE TO ADMIT WE ARE FALLIBLE

Yes, we hate to admit that we’re fallible. Thus, when the Holy Spirit shows us where we’ve erred, we have a choice to make. Do we repent and teach the new way of the Spirit or do we remain locked in our old interpretation because we are too embarrassed to admit it or we are too prideful to change it? I can tell you I’ve been there. When this happens, I go with the Holy Spirit. After all, I didn’t write the Word, the Lord did.

Other teachers repeat what they’ve heard, without checking the scriptures to see if what they’re teaching is true. Yes, we hate to admit that we’re fallible. Thus, when the Holy Spirit shows us where we’ve erred, we have a choice to make. Do we repent and teach the new way of the Spirit or do we remain locked in our old interpretation because we are too embarrassed to admit it or we are too prideful to change it? I can tell you I’ve been there. When this happens, I go with the Holy Spirit. After all, I didn’t write the Word, the Lord did.

FEAR GOD – TEACHERS JUDGED BY A HARSHER JUDGEMENT

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. James 3:1

Paul warns teachers to speak the truth. He said the Lord will judge teachers with a harsher judgment. If we teach something we know is wrong, God will hold us accountable. James warns us about teaching. He tells us not all should teach. Thus, if you lack training or the Spirit has not prepared you to teach, it might be a good idea for you to forsake teaching. Few great teachers learn to teach on their own. Even Timothy was a product of Paul. Paul had mentored him and raised him like a son to become a great teacher, we, who teach, should continue to train others to do the same (2 Tim. 2:2).

Few great teachers learn to teach on their own. Most of the great teachers that I’ve encountered attended seminary or they had a mentor who took the time to train them to teach. Even Timothy was a product of Paul. Paul mentored him and raised him like a son to become a great teacher. Likewise, we, who teach, should train others to do the same (2 Tim. 2:2).

Teaching is a gift from God. Thus, what we teach is important to God. Become a Berean. Do not let pride get in the way. Seek the truth and teach with confidence by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you.

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