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.

4 Building Blocks for Successful Discipleship-part 4-Bring the Word

We have finally arrived at our final of four building blocks to successful discipleship among women- Bring the Word. If you want to get caught up on the entire discipleship series, here it is:

  1. Invest
  2. Invest-part 2
  3. 4 Building Blocks to Successful Discipleship-part 1-Be an Example
  4. Part 2-Build the Relationship
  5. Part 3-Bearing the Burdens

Our call to invest in other women is found in 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; By being an example of godliness, building a solid relationship, and bearing their burdens through prayer, your presence, and pointing them to Christ, we create a framework for reproducing disciples who will be disciple-makers themselves. But there is one crucial piece that must be in place for our discipleship to be like Jesus’.

We must teach them the word!

Women of all ages need to know the word of God.  The more we know the word of God, the more we know God himself. The more we know God, the more we love him.  The more we love him, the more glory we bring to his name, and that is our sole purpose in life.

A teacher of good things instructs her disciples in sound doctrine.  To teach it you must know it, so that means you’ll have to study!  Bible study can be intimidating so this post is to equip you to study your bible and confidently teach the younger women in your sphere of influence.

Bible study can be simplified down to three key components:

  1. Comprehension– which answers the question “What does the text say?”
  2. Interpretation– which answers the question “What does it mean?”
  3. Applicationwhich answers the question “How should this truth change my life?”.

When I go through this process in my bible study time, I break it down, build it back up, and then I’m ready to bring the word.

Break it Down- If bible study seems like an overwhelming task and you don’t know where to start, just follow these tips:

  1. Pray over the passage- Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and for sweet fellowship with the Lord as you study his word. James 1:5- If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Pray all the way through to the teaching of the findings of your study.
  2. Ponder on the passage- Joshua 1:8-This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Read the passage several times. Be thinking on it, mulling it over, letting the word of God saturate your mind. Familiarize yourself with the passage.
  3. Pick apart the passage- To help with comprehension, you need to write down the details. (You could use these worksheets.)
  • Make general observations
  • Ask questions-who is the author, who are they writing to, what is the thrust, what can I learn about God, what did this mean in the time it was written, when was it written, where does it take place, why is this book/chapter/passage/verse important? How does this fit into the theme of the bible as a whole?
  • What biblical principles are clearly evident?
  • What is the context of the passage?
  • What are the keys in the passage-key people, places, words, phrases, or doctrines?
  • What is the passage literally saying?
  • Are there any words to define?
  • Do word studies.

So after you have prayed about and pondered on the passage, you pick it apart, do your research, and then you need to:

Build it Back Up- 

  1. Compare scripture with scripture, and write out the cross references. The bible defines itself, so use a concordance or a bible app to find every reference and read them to get a better understanding of the text.
  2. Consult commentaries, authors, preachers, and teachers for their interpretation. They are helpful to bring understanding. But, they should come after you have done all of your own work with the text. Just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s better. You have the Holy Spirit inside you, he is your Teacher, let him teach you!  The more time you spend personally laboring over the scriptures, the more you will understand them, the more you will glean from them, and the more you will appreciate them.

~2Timothy 2:15~ Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. Compile all of your research into an outline. You’re basically just synthesizing and organizing your notes. You pull all your material together and then you need to:

  • Personally apply the truth you discovered- Don’t teach what you don’t live. Jesus gives a scathing sermon about the scribes and the Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-33. Jesus warned his disciples and the multitude not to pattern their lives after them because they were all talk with no action.  He said they did all their works to be seen of men. They loved their titles and privilege, and looked down on the rest of the people in their pride and arrogance.  He calls them hypocrites 7 times in this passage alone.

It’s a warning for us as much as it was for them.  Live what you teach.  Don’t be a hypocrite. That’s an actor, or a pretender, just playing a part.  Before you impart to another person the truth you have studied out, make sure you ask the Lord to show you how you can apply that truth to your own life.

After you have pulled it all back together and you have personally applied it, you are ready to bring the word.

Bring the Word

  1. Present it prayerfully- Always be prayed up and in the Spirit before you meet with a disciple. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and let him guide you to the truth she needs to hear.
  2. Present it pleasantly- No matter what issue your disciple has, the word of God addresses it.  Aged women must instruct with wisdom, and understanding, and speak pleasantly. When teaching good things that are controversial like submission, or uncomfortable like purity, delivery is everything! To bring the word without offending or alienating your disciple, use discretion and discernment, and balance truth with grace like Jesus did.
  3. Present it purposefully- Don’t teach to unload all you know about a subject or to elevate yourself as wiser than her, or for your own glory. The purpose for teaching other women the bible is to help them grow in their faith, wisdom, character, and ministry, and to bring God glory.

As ambassadors for Christ and ministers of reconciliation, it is our responsibility to give out the life giving truths of the bible. To be a teacher of good things, you have to know the good things you are to teach.  Those things are the beautiful, precious treasures of the bible, brought out to you by the Holy Spirit as you diligently study.

Break it down, build it back up, and bring the word prayerfully, pleasantly, and purposefully, to train up the next generation of women’s ministry leaders, godly wives and mothers, and teachers of good things.