The Spiritual Gift of Teaching

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The Spiritual Gift of Teaching   

Definition:

Teaching is a spiritual gift and supernatural ability to discern, communicate, and impart truth.

Description:

People who possess the gift of Teaching can take complex truths and articulate them in a memorable way 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 a 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 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?

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.

I hope these definitions and descriptions of each spiritual gift were helpful. If you would like to learn more about spiritual gifts or discover what spiritual gifts you have, take our free spiritual gift test.

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