He will know: John 7.17 VOTD

“If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.”

John 7.17

Jesus continues to answer the issue about how he could teach such powerful truths. The Lord affirms the possibility of knowing what teaching comes from God. But one must want to do God’s will to know it.

By what process do we know if Jesus’ teaching comes from God or not? What does Jesus affirm to be the objective of discerning his teaching?

#teaching #truth #VOTD

Not from me: John 7.16 VOTD

“So Jesus replied, ‘My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me.'”

John 7.16

The Lord replied to a question of how he, untrained in a formal school of rabbinical theology, had acquired such learning. He exploded all human expectations and attributed all to the Father.

If Christ has sent us, as he was sent by the Father, Jn 20.21, what does this say about what we should teach?

#mission #teaching #VOTD

Effort: 2 Timothy 2.15 VOTD

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.”

2 Timothy 2.15

Paul tells Timothy that a great part of his approval by God depends upon how carefully and accurately he teaches the truth.

What is involved in making every effort in order to be approved by God?

#Effort #teaching #VOTD

‘Privately explained’ Mark 4.34 VOTD

“He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.”

Mark 4.34

Jesus came as Teacher of God’s way and taught all people. He used wisdom in his teaching.

How should Christians use wisdom when they teach others?

#VOTD #parables #teaching

Doug Kashorek: Edification is so much more

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” Ephesians 2:22.

With love over everything that we do, one of the prime directives of the church is edification. Most believe that edification is just teaching & preaching. After all, the members are “edified” when solid, biblical, Christ-centered teaching & preaching is fed to the flock.

But it is so much more than this. Edification gets to the shepherding of the sheep and so involves nourishing each of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individual members. Continue reading

#church, #edification, #teaching

Supreme Court Justice Warns About Spiritual Dangers

Often when we speak of spiritual threats, we’re mocked or ignored as alarmists. Yet, when someone of great importance and special insight speaks, we should certainly listen and heed their warnings. Continue reading

#gospel, #preaching, #religious-freedom, #teaching

Threats to The Great Commission

As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.

In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive. Continue reading

#bible, #censorship, #evangelism, #great-commission, #preaching, #teaching