Apt To Teach 2

Series: Apt To Teach
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

“Being apt to teach” and “holding fast the Word” are essential for the edification and protection of the flock. This lesson considers why. Part 2 of 2.



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Remember It

1. What does the phrase “apt to teach” mean?
It means to be able to take on all false teaching and provide correction from the Word of God.
2. How do we know that an elder doesn’t necessarily need to have the “gift of teaching”?
1 Tim. 5:17-18 distinguishes those elders who are gifted and being used for teaching and preaching and instructs that they should be supported, but this is not true of all elders.
3. What is meant by the “faithful word” to which Paul says an elder must hold fast?
The teachings of the apostles, as inspired, are sufficient for teaching and practice in the church. That Word is timeless.

Discuss It

  1. What do you think is the evidence that a person is actually “apt to teach?” How should you determine this?
  2. What would be the consequences of having elders who were not “apt to teach” or not “holding fast to the faithful word,” so long as there were others in the fellowship who were gifted to teach?

Apply It

  1. Ask your fellow elders and others to give you honest feedback about your ability to teach the Word.
  2. Read at least one book this coming year that is aimed at improving your Scripture-handling skills.

Digging Deeper

How to Teach the Bible, by Lucien E. Coleman.

Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible, James Sire:

Exegetical Fallacies, by D.A. Carson

Doctrine Twisting:  How Core Biblical Truths Are Distorted, by H. Wayne House