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.

Faithful in the Fearful

Like a warm fuzzy blanket on a cold and dreary day, or a tight hug from an old familiar friend, our pastor spoke these words over us this past Sunday:

1Thessalonians 5:24~Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Comforting and confirming, that verse has been a spiritual booster shot of confidence, reminding me once again that God is faithful to do what he has called us to.

After almost seventeen years in our first house, where our babies were raised, in the town we’d called home for most of our married life, and out of the church we had been born-again and trained up in, the Lord called my husband to pastor a new church plant in the next county, forty minutes away.  We’ve been here for about three months now, and we’re getting settled in, meeting people, and doing ministry.

It’s been relatively easy.  It feels like home, and everyone is adjusting well.  God has consistently been answering prayer after prayer for grace and peace during this transition time and has confirmed time and again that this is exactly where he wants us to be.

As I was unpacking our office recently, I came across a prayer journal from the first year of our walk with Jesus.  We were both fresh out of the world, neither one of us raised in Christian homes, or knowing anything about the bible.  Everything was fresh and new and we were like sponges soaking it all up.  It was such a blessing to look back on where God has brought us from, and to be reminded of all the prayers that God has answered along the way.  Early on in my relationship with Christ I started praying that God would use our family in a mighty way for his name’s sake.  That we would all be sold-out servants, surrendered to his word and will, and walking in his ways.

He is faithful indeed!

Knowing where we have been and who we were before salvation, it’s sort of surreal honestly, that God is using us in this way.  It’s been about ten years since the Lord called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.  A darkness that consisted of addiction, selfishness, pride, and lies. His grace truly is amazing. He saved us and has been sanctifying us for his service ever since.  We’re not perfect, or a model of holiness, but we’re partners in this ministry, purposed to teach the word of God, share the gospel, and bring God the glory he so rightfully deserves.

Let that be an encouragement to you ladies.  No matter where you’ve been, what you have done, or what your situation looks like now, God can use you if you ask him to.  He is in the miracle-working business, and he specializes in transforming even the messiest of us into masterpieces for his glory.

That includes your husband!  He may not be the man of your dreams right now, but that doesn’t mean anything.  Just because he may not be walking with the Lord right now, he may not even be a believer, that doesn’t mean he’s hopeless.  There are no lost causes with God.  Pray without ceasing!  Enlist trusted prayer warriors to join you in the battle for his soul.  Go to war with the enemy on your knees, and even when it looks like all hope is gone, pray through it, believing that God’s word is true and that God can do the seemingly impossible.

1Corinthians 1:9~God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  

When I can’t see what lies ahead, God is faithful and we are called. When I don’t have any answers, God is faithful and we are called.  Even if no one else is there but Jesus, God is faithful and we are called.

Called to salvation, sanctification, and service, and he is faithful to answer prayers and supply our every need every step of the way.   In those hard moments and trying times ahead, when it’s not so easy, and fear and doubt threaten to drown me, I know those words will come flooding my mind again.  I can be confident in that, because I know my God, and he has been, and always will be faithful.  And the same goes for you!

  • What do you need to trust him for today?
  • Has the Lord called you to something weighty or fearful?
  • Do you have a verse like a familiar friend?

Feel free to leave a comment below, I would love to hear your answers!

~Isaiah 25:1~O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.