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The Spiritual Discipline of "Teachability"
Transcript of The Spiritual Discipline of "Teachability"
To remain a lifelong learner who is continually open to the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit
Teachability is a propensity and openness to learn from God no matter who the teacher or what the experience may be.
Matt. 22:29 Jesus replied
(talking to Pharisees who think they know their stuff and think Jesus is a heretic)
, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
(The MESSAGE) John 5:39 “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me!
(The MESSAGE) Mark 4:22 We’re not keeping secrets, we’re telling them; we’re not hiding things, we’re bringing them out into the open.
Mark 4:23 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?
Mark 4:24 “Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way.
an appropriate openness to new ideas, opinions, styles, people.
curbing the know-it-all-attitude
asking questions that lead to deeper awareness of God
listening more, talking less
refraining from snap judgements based on appearance
openness to the Holy Spirit doing a new thing
being a more perceptive listener, a more eager learner
becoming aware of hardness of heart and unwillingness to love and grow
realizing you don't know it all and that you don't have everything right; the ability to say, "I'm sorry. I messed up." "Can you help me?" "What do you think?" "That's helpful to me."
being a LIFE-LONG LEARNER
freedom from attachment to your opinions, your words, your authority; attachment to Jesus and his love and care for others
freedom to resist being the teacher in social settings