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Healthy Church:

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Stephen Johns

on 2 February 2014

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Transcript of Healthy Church:

Healthy Church:
Plurality of Elders

Understanding what it means to be 'apt to teach'
Other uses by Paul
Used interchangeable with preaching
Other uses in the New Testament
Usage in the Pastoral Epistles
1 Timothy 3:1-2

"1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach"
2 Timothy 2:24

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient”
Apt to teach is not debate skills. It is the ability to boldly, clearly, and with graciousness communicate the truth of God.
It is instruction about spiritual matters
1 Timothy 4:11
1 Timothy 6:2
2 Timothy 2:2
Viewed as a gift
Teaching was viewed by Paul as a gift in a person and specifically as a gift to the church in their Elders.
Few of them: James 3:1
Ultimate responsibility of all Believers: Hebrews 5:12 and Colossians 3:16
It is a gift from God
It is the particular ability to instruct in spiritual matters
It is the ability to contend with false teachers
It is the primary marker of what makes an Elder a gift to the church
It is the preaching of the Word
It is required of all Elders
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