2Timothy2.24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
This is how a believer is expected to teach; with gentleness and patience.
“We are in a great battle for the minds of young people today. The battlefield may be the classroom, or the home, or the church.” Henry Morris
2Timothy2.1You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Who are we to teach; others that will also teach? This is not the church model; the church model is to have the pastor and the pastors alone do all the teaching. When one becomes a teacher he also becomes a soldier. A soldier describes one that is in battle. Thus it seems clear that a faithful teacher is a good soldier in the battle of Jesus Christ against the devil for the minds of those we are trying to teach.
Col4.2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Teachers are to continue steadfastly in prayer. Walk in wisdom while making the best use of the time. Furthermore we are again cautioned to be gracious in speech and to season our speech with salt.
Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 @ 7:47 AM CDT