Accustomed to Teach

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Mark 10:1 “And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.”

One of the monickers of the Saviour is that He taught everywhere He went. The verse above says, “…as he was wont, he taught them again.” The word “wont” means accustomed or usual routine. In other words, Jesus made it a routine to teach people all the time. It was His ability to teach in every circumstance that helped him to take the disciples and mold them into world-changers in three years.

Teaching is emphasized throughout the Scriptures. God admonishes the parent in Deuteronomy 11:19 to use every opportunity to teach their children. Part of the Great Commission is to teach. Teaching is critical if the Christian way is going to be multi-generational. Our children and converts will not continue to walk in the ways of the Scriptures after we are gone if we don't teach them these ways. The reason we believe today what Christ taught the disciples is because someone in every generation has taught the next generation. Jesus was accustomed to teaching because He understood the power that teaching has on future generations. Because of the importance of teaching, let me share several thoughts about how you can become accustomed to teaching.

First, use every opportunity to teach. Jesus never let an opportunity go by without using it as a lesson to teach His doctrine to those around Him. Everything that happens in life is a lesson you can use to teach those you lead. You should never let an opportunity pass by that you don't take the situation you are in to teach a lesson to those around you. You will be accustomed to teaching when you take life’s situations and turn them into lessons to teach others.

Second, never take for granted that everybody knows what you know. One of the great mistakes that many seasoned believers make is assuming everyone knows what they believe. Let me assure you that most people don't know what you know, especially if you were raised in a Christian home. The biggest mistake you can make is to assume that everyone knows what you know because it leads to the next generation not being taught what they should know about the Christian way. One of the biggest hindrances to teaching the Christian way is the assumption that others know what you know which hinders many from teaching. Satan’s greatest tool that he has used against Christianity is to persuade believers that everyone already knows what the Christian way is about. My friend, you cannot be too basic when you teach. If you never take for granted that everyone knows, you will never be intimidated to be basic as you teach the Christian way.

Third, people mess up in the areas you don’t teach. Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, “…Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Teaching is what builds solid believers; it is the absence of teaching the Christian way that leads the believer to stray from the truth.

Fourth, be repetitious when you teach. Teaching is reminding people of what they already know; therefore, you can never teach truth too much. It is the repetition of teaching that reminds the believer of what they should do. Let me challenge you to be accustomed to teaching; it is this habit that builds others into teachers of others.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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