If Teaching then Teach

“If it is teaching, then teach;”

Romans 12:7 (NIV)

Teaching is a crucial gift within the church, one that has profound effects on the community. When we reflect on Romans 12:7, it’s clear that those called to teach are given a unique opportunity to shape and strengthen the body of Christ.

Teaching lays the foundation for knowledge and faith. It helps believers understand the Bible, God’s character, and the principles of Christian living. When teachers faithfully and accurately share the Word of God, they equip the church with the knowledge needed to grow in faith and practice. A well-taught church is grounded in truth and less likely to be swayed by false doctrines.

The Greek word for teaching, “didasko,” means more than imparting knowledge. It involves instructing, explaining, and demonstrating. Teachers lived out their teachings in the early church, serving as role models. This holistic approach emphasizes the importance of both words and actions in teaching.

Teachers are mentors who guide others in applying biblical principles to their lives. Understanding “didasko” encourages us to be deeply invested in the spiritual development of those we teach, offering knowledge, support, and example. Effective teaching fosters transformation through meaningful relationships and lived examples of faith.

Moreover, teaching fosters strong relationships within the church community. It creates opportunities for interaction, discussion, and mutual edification. People build connections based on shared beliefs and experiences as they learn together. These relationships are vital for a healthy church community, providing support, encouragement, and accountability.

Effective teaching encourages spiritual growth. It challenges believers to apply biblical truths, inspiring them to live out their faith practically. Teachers help identify areas where individuals need to grow and provide guidance on pursuing that growth. This ongoing learning and application process is essential for mature, vibrant faith.

Additionally, teaching brings unity and purpose to the church community. By teaching the same truths and principles, teachers help to create a common understanding and vision among believers. This shared foundation promotes unity as church members align their lives with the same biblical standards and goals. It also provides a sense of purpose as the church collectively works toward fulfilling its mission.

Teaching also empowers believers to serve and minister effectively. By equipping them with biblical knowledge and practical skills, teachers enable members to step into various roles within the church. Whether leading a small group, teaching Sunday school, or serving in outreach programs, well-taught believers are better prepared to make meaningful contributions to the church’s mission.

Furthermore, teaching helps the church community address life’s challenges. Teachers offer guidance and hope by providing biblical perspectives on suffering, temptation, relationships, and work. This support is invaluable as believers navigate the complexities of life, helping them remain faithful and resilient in the face of difficulties.

St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” Although the exact wording is often debated, this quote underscores the importance of living out one’s teachings through actions, resonating with the concept of “didasko” in the devotional.

Godseekers, exploring the gift of teaching can be an enriching experience. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit if this is your gift. If you feel called to teach, consider the impact you can have on your church community. Reflect on your faith journey and the teachers who have influenced you. Seek opportunities to learn and grow in your ability to teach. Whether through formal training or practical experience, developing this gift can help you significantly contribute to your church’s spiritual growth and unity.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of teaching and its profound impact on our church community. Help us to be faithful in sharing Your Word, equipping and encouraging one another to grow in faith and knowledge. May our teaching bring unity, purpose, and strength to our church, glorifying You in all we do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. How has teaching impacted your personal faith journey?
  2. What steps can you take to become more involved in teaching within your church community?

Step of Faith

This week, consider ways you can contribute to your church’s teaching ministry. Whether leading a small group, volunteering for Sunday school, or simply sharing biblical insights with others, commit to using your gift of teaching to build up the body of Christ. Share your experiences with a friend or mentor and seek their encouragement and guidance.

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