Learning To Teach

September 18th, 2012

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Acts 18:18-28

These were no seminary professors, no trained pastors, nor professional evangelists. They could hardly be high school graduates for all we know, and yet here were the manual labor, husband-and-wife pair of Priscilla and Aquila, training this newcomer to be a preacher. Apollos, a Jew visiting Ephesus, was highly educated with a “thorough knowledge of the scriptures” (Act 18:25) and had already begun to preach about Christ’s coming, but his knowledge was incomplete. He had the passion but not the right information about Christ. Priscilla and Aquila saw Apollos’s heart and brought him under their wing.

Imagine if everyone with the heart for Christ would realize that their discipleship credentials come not from education alone but from a relationship with him. Many Christians are self-conscious about their lack of training–but from which college did the apostle Peter graduate?

The truth is that we learn from the Lord and from others how to teach, just as we learn from them how to live. The irony is that by discipling others, we ourselves learn more about the Lord than what was possible before.


One Response to “Learning To Teach”

  1. Barbara Says:

    September 18th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Everyone needs human confirmation regarding the Holy Spirit’s training.

    However, it’s sad that our communication skills lack the ability to relay to others how the Holy Spirit convicts, confirms, rebukes, guides, direct, leads, and teaches.

    1. Confirmation (Romans 9:1)
    Internal testifying of THE WORD with the
    message of Christ*

    2. Comfort (John 14:26)
    Internal peace—grace from THE WORD with message
    of Christ thru Scriptures (plus testimony of Christ from others)

    3. Guide* (Acts 1:16)
    *Human (blind) leadership along a path
    – Humans can only facilitate

    4. Direct (Luke 2:26)
    (To turn or move others)
    Internal compelling to go in a certain direction/mission
    with the following in Christ footsteps

    5. Lead (Luke 4:1)
    Internal compelling to go before others with the
    message & example of Christ and the Holy
    Spirit as guide

    6. Teach (John 14:26)
    Internal learning from our circumstances —
    comparison of on our sins to the sinless Son
    of God and what we should have done

    7. Rebuke (1Thessalonians 1:5)
    Internal conviction – guilt brought forth from
    the Message of Christ

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