In my last post, I mentioned that my anointing is that of a teacher in the body of Christ. That got me thinking about our view of teaching in the church of today. I want to take a couple of posts to talk about this.
I believe that a lot of problems we face are directly tied to what we’re being taught. But let’s start at the beginning. We really need to understand the importance of teaching from God’s perspective.
As I’ve stated many times in this blog, the form of the New Testament that we use now is not in the order it was given to the church. Over the years it’s been arranged by topics rather than the original order.
While that may make it easier to find certain passages, we sometimes miss out on some important warnings. For instance, James was the first book to be written, but because it’s placed close to the end, it doesn’t get a lot of priority.
However, when it comes to teaching in the church, James should be the first book we think of. In its pages, we find the first thing the Holy Spirit revealed about teachers in the body of Christ. What do you think that is?
Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
Please pay careful attention to the voice of the Spirit. The first thing He wants you to know about the ministry of a teacher is…that position comes with a stricter judgment.
That’s because the place of a teacher is much more important than most people realize. Yet in our present church culture, we’ll let anyone teach. We need so many for Sunday School, Children’s Church, Teens, and Adult classes.
“Everything you need has already been done. All you have to do is to study the lesson plan at home, and talk about it in class.”
I’m sorry if I’m stereotyping, but here’s what I observe in our present church ministries. Most teaching is simply passing on what we’ve read or heard from someone else. We use books, sermons, online tools, and lessons that give us the messages that we, in turn, pass on to those we’re teaching.
That was actually the state of teaching in Israel when Christ came on the scene. He had a different method. The Lord only taught those things that He heard from the Father. What was the response?
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
The difference was obvious. He wasn’t simply parroting what someone else was teaching. He was bringing them a Word from the Father.
That’s where we need to get to in the church today. We must raise up teachers who walk in the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
In my next post, I’ll continue with this important truth.
Question: How should the warning of James work in the life of modern teachers?
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