1. Definition:

    1. To clarify truth - wants to turn the lights on in his hearers.

    2. Motivated to be true and accurate.

    3. To confirm that statements are accurate, true, and have authority to bring spiritual freedom.

    4. To search out and validate truth - to engage in research and detailed study.

    5. Digging out facts and accumulation of knowledge - accumulates as much knowledge as he can.

    6. Truth oriented - not oriented to the growth of his hearers.

  2. A teacher must: (Rom. 12:11)

    1. Be diligent in details.

    2. Be fervent in spirit.

    3. Work as unto the Lord.

  3. Teaching motive weaknesses:

    1. Greatest weakness - slothfulness.

    2. Need to build meditation in own walk to become mighty in spirit.

  4. Traits:

    1. Delivery:

      1. Words and phrases must be accurate and used accurately.

      2. Believes that teaching gift is the foundation upon which everything is built - teaching is first of all other gifts to the teacher.

      3. Ability to present facts in a systematic order - likes to lay out material in an orderly sequence and chronological order.

      4. Prefers to illustrate from the Bible - will avoid other resources.

      5. Hates to hear scripture taken out of context.

      6. Teaches scripture to experience rather than experience to a proof text in scripture.

      7. Uneasy about subjective truth - has hard time seeing principles - prefers line upon line.

      8. Wants to speak the pure truth, doesn't want to make mistakes, totally geared to accuracy.

      9. If proven wrong, will retrace own research to determine where wrong occurred and correct and clarify misunderstanding.

    2. Evaluation of information:

      1. Constantly tests the knowledge of others - especially his teachers, wants to know the credentials of speaker.

      2. Assumes people want to know his credentials - tends to give his before speaking.

      3. Likes research in order to prove a point - uses recognized reference sources.

      4. Prefers research to teaching - constrained to collect as many facts as possible - details are important especially those not noticed by others.

      5. Confirms new teaching by previous teaching - compares and evaluates like a computer.

      6. Tends to be very loyal (and remain so) to his teachers.

      7. Tends to remain silent until information is evaluated.

  5. Dangers and misunderstandings:

    1. Research:

      1. Concentrates on details rather than practical application - details unnecessary to hearers.

      2. May get out of balance by studying doctrines out of moral setting - grace without law, mercy without justice.
      3. Rejecting scriptural truth that has to be learned by faith - centers around doctrinal issues and intellectual knowledge rather than spiritual perception.

      4. Critical of practical application - wants to limit insight to textual study.

      5. More concerned with research than response of his students.

      6. Classifies the research of others as intellectual not spiritual - gives the impression that he is the only source of truth.

      7. Concentration appears as mental activity not dependent on the Holy Spirit's input - but on scholarship, training, and intellect.

      8. Feels obligated to explain his research.

      9. May live in an unreal world by excluding others.

      10. May appear to despise those that are not as educated as they are.

    2. Attitudes:

      1. Boasting of the knowledge that he has accumulated.

      2. Proud about amount of facts known - more facts than needed to prove a point - not right till he says it is.

      3. Appears as cold because of logic and objectivity.

      4. Testing of others appears as pride - uses mind to test and check out facts - knowledge puffeth up.

      5. Reacts to people who make unfounded statements.

      6. Can appear critical over error - will discard whole message for 1% error.

      7. Rejects spiritual truth when detects minor flaw in presentation or without knowing how others arrived at teaching.


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Created: 7/9/99
Updated: 5/28/2011