This final post in the series looks at the quality in “faithful men” of being “able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). It is obvious that if this quality is absent, the multiplication principle stops and we miss God’s plan that He began with in Genesis 1:28; “Be fruitful and multiply”.
Let’s get back though to Paul’s instruction. “Faithful men who will be able to teach others also” means several things:
1. Making sure those you disciple and mentor develop their teaching ability. Often God has given them this ability; they just lack confidence. Confidence is gained by doing.
2. You will not and should not be doing all the teaching anyway. We must dump the popular, celebrity syndrome!
3. Communicate humility by taking a seat so your “Timothy” can do the teaching. Styles will vary, but it is important to realize in other cultures that our style most likely will not be as effective as the indigenous disciple’s because they know their culture. The only warning I make here is that we must not let culture hide or distort the biblical truth or principle.
4. Be sure that your feedback is biblical, not based on style or a western model.
5. Encourage those who are faithful so they will encourage, coach and challenge others to teach the principles of Scripture.
6. Finally, expect your “Timothy” to do a better job at teaching than you did. Paul expressed this confidence to Philemon; “Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.” (Philemon 21).
Please take these thoughts seriously! In our day, we need to see this multiplication principle at work in every corner of the world. It is and always will be a key objective of this ministry.
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