Romans 12:6 – Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly
|There is one body of Christ: Unity.
There are many members: Diversity.
There is Mutuality. We need each other.
|Charisma, the word for gift. It’s not that some are charismatic and some are not. No, every Christian is gifted.||1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another|
|Be humble.||1 Cor. 4:7 What do you have that you did not receive?|
|Christ’s hands, Christ’s eyes, Christ’s ears, His feet, we’re it: the body of Christ, here.||1 John 4:11 – Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.|
|Remember who you serve.||Col. 3:24 – It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.|
|Remember why you serve.||1 Peter 4:11 – whoever serves …so that in all things God may be glorified|
|Remember in whose power you serve.||Romans 7:6 – we serve in newness of the Spirit|
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|Just like with service, every Christian is called to teach.||Col. 3:16 – with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another|
|But not every Christian is a gifted teacher.||Heb. 5:12 – though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you|
|It’s a serious thing when a man sets himself up as a spokesman for God.||1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God|
|A gifted teacher will have a knack at taking God’s Word and unfolding it.||Ps. 119:130 – The unfolding of Your words gives light|
|A real teacher will have a burden to teach the whole counsel of God’s Word.||Acts 20:20 – I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable|
|A teacher’s life must be consistent with his teaching.||1 Thess. 1:5 – just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you|
|The teacher will incur a stricter judgment.||James 3:1 – Let not many of you become teachers… such we will incur a stricter judgment.|
|If you’re going to teach, you be sure and teach God’s Word. Don’t be teaching your word, or man’s words.||1 Thess. 2:13 – you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God|
|It takes hard work.||1 Tim. 4:15 – Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them ….. 1 Tim. 5:17 – The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard|
|Pay close attention to yourself, and to your teaching.||1 Tim. 4:16 – Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things ….. 2 Tim. 2:15 Be diligent… accurately handling the word of truth.|
|Study it and Practice it. Then teach it.||Ezra 7:10 – For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes|