Session Overview: Teaching
In 1 Peter 2:2, Paul writes, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.”
Francis Chan explained how our desire to know the word of God should be as natural as babies desire milk. He reminded us that one of the reasons the early church devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching was because most believers had not physically spent time with Jesus. The closest thing to being with Jesus was to be with the people who were. The early church desired to know the word of God, and the apostle’s essentially fed them. This is how they would develop and mature as followers of Jesus.
In Galatians 1:6-8, we read, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”
In a world full of different voices and ideas, it’s so important that we listen to the word of God above it all. God has promised the church that he will provide everything we need to fulfill our mission of making disciples. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to followers of Jesus so that we may build each other up. Some are gifted to teach, and God will give us wisdom to identify those people. Particularly, the teachers we should listen to are people who not only know the word of God, but live like Jesus as well.
But remember that even though we are not all gifted teachers, God still asks us to teach others. You may not stand in front of a crowd to proclaim the gospel, instead you might explain the gospel to a friend or two in conversation at school. We have a responsibility to share what we have been given, and God has given us his word.
- Why do you sometimes not desire the word of God?
- How can you begin to change that?
- Is there someone you enjoy being around that helps you know and love Jesus more?
- Can you identify any people or things that you tend to listen to more than Jesus?
- When the world teaches many different ideas about salvation, how can you make sure that you don’t turn away from the true gospel?
- Why is it important for you to live like Jesus if you teach the word of God?
- Starting now, how can you begin to grow in your knowledge of the Bible and ability to teach others?