The Judgment That Comes Upon Teachers
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We are accountable to God for every word that we say (Matthew 12:36-37 and James 2:12).
1. Thus, we have to guard against saying the wrong things (Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 21:23, and Ecclesiastes 5:2).
2. We all should realize that the more we talk that means we have more opportunities for saying something wrong (Proverbs 10:19).
B. Additionally, we are a people who should be most concerned with always saying the right things (Colossians 3:8-9).
1. The Bible teaches us to be ready to answer (Colossians 4:6 and I Peter 3:15).
2. That being said, this becomes a trap for people who answer questions they really are not SURE of (I Timothy 1:6-8).
II. Body: While discouraging being teachers by vocation is the point, there are some considerations in the warning for many not to be teachers (James 3:1).
A. Though not by vocation, we’re all teachers (Matthew 5:14-16).
1. At the very least, our worship includes instruction (Colossians 3:16).
2. We’ll teach by training the next generation (Titus 2:3-4).
3. We teach our children (Ephesians 6:4).
B. To teach in any capacity, you have to have KNOWLEDGE (Proverbs 22:21).
1. Just because “I think” something, that doesn’t mean I am not deceived in those thoughts (Galatians 6:3; cf. Romans 11:25).
2. Just because someone has “studied”, that doesn’t mean they KNOW anything (II Timothy 3:7).
3. These types are often doting [hankering; having a strong desire for] questions (I Timothy 6:3-4).
C. Whether or not we become “TEACHERS”, we still live as an example for others (I Timothy 4:12 and Titus 2:7-8).
1. Rightfully so, people know what we say and do (Acts 20:18, Acts 26:4, II Thessalonians 3:7-9, and II Timothy 3:10).
2. Live like you are in a glass house (Hebrews 13:18 and I Peter 2:11-12).
D. We teach by inaction as well (Galatians 2:11-13).
1. We don’t want our silence to falsely lead others to think they’re okay with God when there are not (Jeremiah 23:14 and Ezekiel 13:22).
2. We can err by holding [suppressing] the truth (Romans 1:18).
3. Whether in word or deed, people should see and hear the whole counsel of God in us (Acts 20:26-27).
III. Conclusion: Be careful, be sure, that in word and deed you are teaching the truth (Ephesians 4:14-25).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager