Module 1 - Teaching as a Spiritual Gift

Teachers’ Seminar

Module 1: Teaching as a Spiritual Gift


Reading and practicing this teaching portion should enable the learner to:

  • Explain the nature of teaching as a spiritual gift.
  • Experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • Manifest the fruit of the Spirit in teaching methodology.

There are two extremes in thinking regarding spiritual teaching. Some people think that a mechanical manipulation of words and facts alone convert a soul. Others proclaim that since the Holy Spirit does it all anyway, there is no need to study educational principles. Inspiration clarifies that spiritual teaching is a combination of learning, talents, eloquence, and natural and acquired endowments, plus the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Without the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched, no sinner be won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are connected with Christ, if the gifts of the Spirit are theirs, the poorest and most ignorant of His disciples will have a power that will tell upon hearts. God makes them the channel for the outworking of the highest influence in the universe” ( Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 328).

“With the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the teacher of truth, he can talk of Christ and Him crucified in language that savors of heaven. The mind and spirit of Christ will be in him, and he can present the will of God to man because his own heart has been brought into submission, and has been glorified by the Spirit of God” (“The Truth With Power,” Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, March 1, 1892).

How Do I Experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

“Seek Jesus, brethren, confess your sins, plead with God day and night, until you know that for Christ’s sake you are pardoned and accepted. Then will you love much because you have been forgiven much. Then you can point others to Christ as a sin-pardoning Redeemer. Then you can present the truth from the fullness of a heart that feels its sanctifying power. I fear for you, my brethren. I counsel you to tarry at Jerusalem, as did the early disciples, until, like them, you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Never feel at liberty to go into the desk until you have by faith grasped the arm of your strength” ( Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 159).

People can easily detect the spirit that inhabits the teacher.

  • Experts have said that up to 60 percent of communication is nonverbal.
  • One word spoken in haste or in anger can undo thousands of words spoken in truth.

Are You Giving What People Want?

Class members are quick to discern artificiality. When it comes to Christianity, people want the real thing or nothing at all.

I come across as sincere, full of compassion and tenderness. Yes No

I manifest the kindness of Jesus along with keen biblical insights. Yes No

The presence of the Holy Spirit will be manifest in the fruit of the Spirit. If you would measure your success as a teacher, evaluate yourself on a scale of 1-10 concerning the manifestation of the fruit:

The fruit of the Spirit is displayed in looks, tone of voice, conduct, and manner as well as genuine interest in the well-being of the class member.

Of Jesus it is said: “Looking upon [human beings] with hope, He inspired hope. Meeting them with confidence, He inspired trust. Revealing in Himself man’s true ideal, He awakened, for its attainment, both desire and faith. In His presence souls despised and fallen realized that they still were men, and they longed to prove themselves worthy of His regard” ( Education, p. 80).

Research shows that the single factor that most relates to success in small groups is the amount of time the leader spends in prayer.

Holy Spirit
  + Learning = Spiritual Teaching                                  
  + Talents
  + Abilities
  + Natural and Acquired Endowments

Module 1: Teacher Evaluation Module 1

On a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on the following (you may also wish to ask anonymous class members to evaluate you as well):

1. Teacher manifests Holy Spirit’s power for changing lives and bringing about conversion in the lives of class members.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

2. Teacher manifests the following fruits of the Spirit:

Love 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Joy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Peace 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Longsuffering 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Gentleness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Goodness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Faith 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Meekness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Temperance 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Total score ____________

James Kilmer
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