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A Servant-Minded Evangelist Is Able To Teach

by | Jun 1, 2016 | Missions Articles

The following article is the fourth in a seven-part series about the character of an evangelist from 2 Timothy 2:24-26.

The Lord’s Servant Must Be Able To Teach

Everyone who desires to help someone come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ must be able to teach. This is not speaking of the gift of teaching. Those with such a gift are able, without significant mental strain, to determine how best to communicate spiritual truths with more precision, clarity and apprehension than others can. That does not mean we’re not all able to teach in a basic sense. 

The letter to the Hebrews states (speaking to a general audience of Jewish Christians) “by this time you ought to be teachers.”1 The writer clarifies that every Christian should have a firm grasp of “the elementary doctrine of Christ.”2 Therefore, when Paul says the Lord’s servants should be able to teach, he’s saying that, at minimum, Christians need to have a strong enough grasp of basic Gospel truth to be able to lead others to Christ, because the simple Gospel is the only thing necessary for salvation — not deep theological knowledge.

Teaching is an important tool in evangelism. Jesus’s early followers were “uneducated, common men.”3 That didn’t stop them from “teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.”4 In fact, despite being threatened with physical harm and imprisonment if they continued sharing the Gospel, “every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”5 Teaching can be as powerful an evangelistic tool as preaching and personal testimonies.

Some people are afraid to share their faith because they fear being asked a question about Christianity or the Bible for which they have no answer. Anyone who has that concern should be aware that nobody has all the answers. Even the most studious theologian will be stumped at some point. When you endeavor to share the Gospel, if the only thing you know is John 3:16 and your own testimony, you can expect to be joined by the convincing, persuasive power of the Holy Spirit — which is enough to save even the most wayward soul. Having said that (even though an infant Christian has enough Gospel knowledge to be an effective messenger for Christ) I’ll add this: If you’re worried that you don’t have enough Bible knowledge to successfully proclaim Jesus, then start acquiring Bible knowledge!

Each of us needs to grow in our knowledge of Scripture for our own spiritual nourishment and blessing. In the process, we also become better equipped to bless others through our ability to explain the plain truth about who Jesus is.

1. Hebrews 5:12
2. Hebrews 6:1
3. Acts 4:13
4. Acts 4:2
5. Acts 5:42

By: Raymond Billy
PHOTO BY Julia de Boer

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