Motivations Of The Teacher: Romans 1:7c and 11
“6) Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;” Romans‬ ‭12:6-7‬
We now come to the third motivational grace or gift which is the teacher. Luke is a great example of this gift. In both Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-4 we discover that he did his research, was very detailed and confirmed every fact.
The teacher is concerned about the truth. They are studious and will hold the speaker accountable for content. They may or may not be gifted at public speaking, but they will wrestle with the content. Let’s look at this important gift.
3. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF TEACHING: Romans 12:7b A. Example: Luke B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:11 C. Characteristics of this gift. 1) Need validation of information. (Luke 1:4) 2) Check out background and credentials of teachers. (Luke 1:3) 3) Rely on established resources and teachers. (Acts 17:11) 4) Content presented in systematic and logical fashion. (Luke 1:3) 5) Take time to gather facts and research everything. (Acts 1:1) 6) Requires thoroughness in presenting details. 7) Tries to clarify misunderstandings.
D. Weaknesses inherent in this gift. 1) Potential to become proud of Knowledge. (I Cor. 8:1) 2) Despise people with less formal credentials. 3) Depending on human reasoning. (I Cor. 1:20-31) 4) So literal they miss Spirit filled principles. (I Cor. 2:6-16) 5) Conform Scripture to a personal theological bias. 6) Thinking logically to extreme or unbalanced conclusions. 7) Arguing over minor points or monopolizing discussions.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global