Biblical Leadership Traits - Able to Teach

Masters Men: Leadership

Biblical Leadership Traits

Able to Teach

1 Timothy 3:2

 

Definition

 

“Able to teach” is a translation of one word - didaktiko,j. Sounds like the English didactic. This term literally conveys the concept of the establishment of teaching (from the word group “teach” and the root “create”). The word group ‘teach’ frequently appears in the New Testament – in noun form it can mean the thing taught or the teacher or the act of teaching or a description of the result, “taught”. In the verb form it means simply “to teach.” This particular term occurs only here and in 2 Timothy 2:24 where the emphasis is on teaching in a manner that counter-quarrelsome: NAS 2 Timothy 2:24 And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

Some think this term here should be taken in the sense of “teachable” or “able to learn” (Kittle vol 2 165). This may be the case with the related word (διδακτός): see NAS John 6:45 "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me” and NAS 1 Corinthians 2:13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

However, three factors lead to the conclusion that “able to teach” is the better rendering rather than teachable:

the basic meaning of the family of words as “teacher” and “teach”

the emphasis elsewhere on the overseer as a teacher

NAS 1 Timothy 4:6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 11 Prescribe and teach these things. 13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

NAS Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

the parallel in Titus 1:9 - holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching (didach,), so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine (didaskali,a) and to refute those who contradict. In fact, this statement shows that compassionate teaching need not imply compromised teaching (compare with 2 Timothy 2:24 above).

Thus the basic idea is the ability to teach. Though skillful teachers are wonderful, it is less likely that the focus is on a teacher with unusual ability. (Some lexicons offer “skilled in teaching”.)

The application is fairly straight forward. Such a person must know the Word and he must be able to communicate the Word. This is a skill which can and must be developed. Furthermore, such a person and have a compassionate heart for people because he teaches people not curriculum.

 

 


 

Masters Men: Leadership

Biblical Leadership Traits

Able to Teach

1 Timothy 3:2

 

Applications/Questions/Assignments

  1. What reasons do some men cite for their aversion to teaching?
  1. How does a person become “able to teach”?
    • private study of Word
    • being taught the Word
    • studying or learning Bible study methods – (briefly show how to do diagrammatical in John 3:16)
    • studying or learning how to teach
    • investing in good resources
    • overcoming fear of public speaking
    • actually doing it
  1. Even if you do not aspire to be a leader in the church, why is it important that you are able to teach?
  1. Why do you think so many pastors emphasize something other than teaching?
    • Not properly equipped
    • It takes work
    • It is does not always attract a crowd
    • The demands placed upon him in other areas
  1. If teaching was a spiritual gift would it change your answer to question #2?
  1. Over time, what happens to a church if it does not have one or more leaders who consistently teach the ‘whole counsel of God” as in Acts 20:27?
    • See Titus 1:9-12 and Ephesians 4:11-16
  1. If you are not currently teaching, develop a plan to teach the Word once or twice sometime during the next 3 or 4 months. The plan should include the target audience (church, home, work, etc), a selected passage of Scripture, a basic outline of the passage, and a tentative application. Indicate if desire to do this teaching in conjunction with one of the ministries of the church. If you are currently teaching, solicit another respected teacher to evaluate one of your teaching sessions. Provide your evaluator with your lesson notes in advance and ask him to specifically critique how you did.
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