10-2-13 A Pastor Must Be Able To Teach

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1 Timothy 3:2

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

We now come to the qualification which sets the pastor apart from the deacon in the church. The ability to teach. Titus 1:9 tells us the reason he is to have this qualification is so he can give instruction, and be able to rebuke those who contradict that sound doctrine.

Teaching gifts come in degrees. The young man who just gets out of seminary will probably not have the skills and abilities of a seasoned preacher who has been unpacking the Word of God for forty years, yet the young man is to possess the ability or aptness to teach. This does not mean that if someone has the giftedness to teach they are necessarily called to the pastorate. If they do not possess the other qualifications then they are merely blessed for having such a gift and should use it for the glory of God in whatever measure God prescribes. For example, if a woman in the church has the ability to teach, yet she is not the husband of one wife, then because of her nature she is not called to the pastorate. Yet God has given her the teaching gift for other reasons and she is to seek Jesus for the use to His glory.

Each one of us is called to teach in some measure. Deuteronomy 6 tells us that we are to pass on the wisdom and commandments of God to the younger generations. Older women are to teach the younger women how to be good wives; and so on and so forth. We are all called to teach at the level of our calling. What is yours?

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