9 Characteristics of a Teacher of Good Things

If you’ve read my discipleship series you know that I have been parked in Titus 2:3-5 for a while. I’ve written a bible study called “INVEST” on that passage that I’m teaching to the fabulous ladies in our women’s ministry. And I’ve been sharing some of the goods from that with you.

A couple weeks ago I posted Bring the Word, which is a lesson on how to study the bible so that you can be prepared to teach sound doctrine to the women in your sphere of influence.  I also gave you some simple bible study worksheets that you can print and use for your time in the word.

Today I want to give you 9 characteristics of a teacher of good things.

~Titus 2:3~ The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

The apostle Paul wrote this letter to Titus to instruct him how to plant churches in Crete.  He gave him the character and conduct guidelines that not only the pastor should have, but also the congregation, both young and old.

Paul’s main concern was sound doctrine being established. It’s sound doctrine that counters false teaching, corrects wrong thinking, and promotes right living.  It’s sound doctrine that saves the sinner and sanctifies the saint.  It’s sound doctrine that establishes and grows a local church.

In the midst of a pagan environment, surrounded by false teaching and lewd behavior, the older women were to be teachers of good things.  He goes on in the passage to give the good things they are to teach.

This book of the bible is so relevant to us as we are in the midst of planting a new church.  We don’t have to wonder what to focus on, or wander around aimlessly, struggling to establish this church.  We just have to stand on and teach sound doctrine, and stick to the pattern God has already laid out in his word.

We do our part, and God does his.  Part of the responsibility that the mature women in the church have is to be teachers of good things.

9 Characteristics of a Teacher of Good Things is:

  • Faithful- She’s steadfast and loyal, a devoted disciple who walks closely with the Lord, and obeys his word. 1Timothy 3:11~ Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

 

  • Available- She makes herself available to listen, encourage, instruct, and pray for her disciple via phone calls, texts, and in person. Her schedule isn’t so packed that she can’t minister to younger women. She clears out unnecessary things, and carves out time to invest the good things of God’s word. Titus 2:4-5~ That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

 

  • Intentional- She is purposed and diligent to reach out to younger women,  to strategically build a relationship with them, and intentionally invest the scriptures into the next generation.  Psalm 145:4~ One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 

 

  • Humble- She takes her cue from Jesus as to how to instruct in meekness and humility. She places herself underneath the authority and leadership of Christ, his word, and his delegated authorities within her home, church, and community. 2Timothy 2:25~ In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

 

  • Knowledgeable- She is intentional about studying God’s word so she can teach sound doctrine from a place of authority. She knows the gospel and the good things of the word of God that need to be taught to the next generation of women. Proverbs 4:13~ Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

 

  • Wise- She’s a woman who fears the Lord and walks in his ways. She shares wise counsel and leads with wisdom. Proverbs 9:10~ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 

 

  • Patient- She recognizes that everyone is in a different place with the Lord and is understanding, longsuffering, and forbearing.  Ephesians 4:2~ With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

 

  • Sober- She has a sound mind that filters her thinking through God’s word so that her teaching is profitable, pleasant, and proclaiming truth.  She exercises self-control over her thoughts so that she is disciplined over her emotions. (More to come on this in my next post!) 1Peter 4:7~ But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

  • Spirit-filled- She doesn’t teach from her own thoughts or experience, but allows the Holy Spirit of God to teach through her. Her life and ministry is marked by love, joy, and peace. She is temperate and walks by faith and not by sight.  She’s gotten victory over sin issues and is sensitive to the Spirit’s conviction of areas she still needs refining. Galatians 5:25~ If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

I was so blessed to have a godly woman like this to teach me the word.  She was all of these things, and more!  I learned so much from her.  She taught me how to apply the scriptures to my life, how to live out what I knew, and how to teach that to other women.

She gave me a passion for the word and permission to teach it. 

My aged woman instilled in me a deep desire to disciple and train up other women to be disciple-makers themselves.  Out of all the women that have invested in me over the years, she has had the greatest impact on my spiritual growth.

Because she saw in me what I didn’t see in myself.  She accepted me where I was, and God used her to get me where I needed to be.  She was, and still is, a teacher of good things. 

I want to be a woman like that, don’t you?

Ask the Lord to make you a faithful, available, intentional, humble, knowledgeable, wise, patient, sober, and Spirit-filled woman! Spend time in his word and apply it.  Surrender your own will and old ways, and allow him to mold you into the mature and godly woman he wants you to be so you can be a teacher of good things.

 

~Philippians 4:9~ Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

17 thoughts on “9 Characteristics of a Teacher of Good Things

  1. This was encouraging to read. I’ve also sat under the ministry of one of these incredible older women and she also brought me to where I needed to be. I love how you add the maturity of this verse to your post. It really is a beautiful Scripture and commission for us as women especially as we head on to minister to other women.

    I really love the part on solid doctrine. Today, there is a lot of doctrine blowing about and a subtle clothing of false doctrine as “Christian”. We need to lead the next generation and this generation with sound doctrine that shows them the heart of God. 🙂 Great post.

    1. Praise the Lord, I’m glad you enjoyed it! It is up to each one of us in our respective generations to teach, counsel, and lead the next generation. If we don’t train them in godliness, wisdom, and truth, who will? Thank you for reading and your sweet comments, I appreciate it! Blessings! 🙂

  2. Hi! Love your detailed presentation and although it’s based on a spiritual context, I think it also applies to teachers beyond that. Sharing on my Fb page. Can’t see your pin button. xoxo

  3. I love this! I’ve felt such a heaviness lately to be that type of person in general, but especially for my kids. It all starts at home and we are their first teachers.

    1. Yes! Our kids are definitely our primary investment and we’re instructed to teach them the scriptures so they can be “wise into salvation”. Raising disciples is a worthy work! Blessings to ya as you endeavor to train them up in the way they should go. 😊

  4. Amen my Sister! I truly believe the reason sound doctrine counters false teaching, corrects wrong thinking, promotes right living, saves the sinner, sanctifies the saint, and establishes and grows a local church is because there is power in the Word of God. I would be terrified to ever teach something contrary to the truth. You are an amazing teacher! ❤

  5. Annie, this is a great list! The one that jumped off the page to me was – available! In today’s fast-paced society it’s not very often that we come across those who are “available.” It’s really very sad.
    Face to face connections are dying, and yet this is something that we crave!
    I could get going on a tangent, but I wont. 😉 Great post!

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