MOTIVATIONAL GIFTING - TEACHER
- To clarify truth - wants to turn the lights on in his hearers.
- Motivated to be true and accurate.
- To confirm that statements are accurate, true, and have authority to bring spiritual freedom.
- To search out and validate truth - to engage in research and detailed study.
- Digging out facts and accumulation of knowledge - accumulates as much knowledge as he can.
- Truth oriented - not oriented to the growth of his hearers.
- A teacher must: (Rom. 12:11)
- Be diligent in details.
- Be fervent in spirit.
- Work as unto the Lord.
- Teaching motive weaknesses:
- Greatest weakness - slothfulness.
- Need to build meditation in own walk to become mighty in spirit.
- Words and phrases must be accurate and used accurately.
- Believes that teaching gift is the foundation upon which everything is built - teaching is first of all other gifts to the teacher.
- Ability to present facts in a systematic order - likes to lay out material in an orderly sequence and chronological order.
- Prefers to illustrate from the Bible - will avoid other resources.
- Hates to hear scripture taken out of context.
- Teaches scripture to experience rather than experience to a proof text in scripture.
- Uneasy about subjective truth - has hard time seeing principles - prefers line upon line.
- Wants to speak the pure truth, doesn't want to make mistakes, totally geared to accuracy.
- If proven wrong, will retrace own research to determine where wrong occurred and correct and clarify misunderstanding.
- Evaluation of information:
- Constantly tests the knowledge of others - especially his teachers, wants to know the credentials of speaker.
- Assumes people want to know his credentials - tends to give his before speaking.
- Likes research in order to prove a point - uses recognized reference sources.
- Prefers research to teaching - constrained to collect as many facts as possible - details are important especially those not noticed by others.
- Confirms new teaching by previous teaching - compares and evaluates like a computer.
- Tends to be very loyal (and remain so) to his teachers.
- Tends to remain silent until information is evaluated.
- Dangers and misunderstandings:
- Concentrates on details rather than practical application - details unnecessary to hearers.
- May get out of balance by studying doctrines out of moral setting - grace without law, mercy without justice.
- Rejecting scriptural truth that has to be learned by faith - centers around doctrinal issues and intellectual knowledge rather than spiritual perception.
- Critical of practical application - wants to limit insight to textual study.
- More concerned with research than response of his students.
- Classifies the research of others as intellectual not spiritual - gives the impression that he is the only source of truth.
- Concentration appears as mental activity not dependent on the Holy Spirit's input - but on scholarship, training, and intellect.
- Feels obligated to explain his research.
- May live in an unreal world by excluding others.
- May appear to despise those that are not as educated as they are.
- Boasting of the knowledge that he has accumulated.
- Proud about amount of facts known - more facts than needed to prove a point - not right till he says it is.
- Appears as cold because of logic and objectivity.
- Testing of others appears as pride - uses mind to test and check out facts - knowledge puffeth up.
- Reacts to people who make unfounded statements.
- Can appear critical over error - will discard whole message for 1% error.
- Rejects spiritual truth when detects minor flaw in presentation or without knowing how others arrived at teaching.
- Discerning Spiritual Gifts, Institute In Basic Youth Conflicts
- Seven Gifts To Success, tapes, Marilyn Hickey
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