One of the many responsibilities we take on as followers of Jesus Christ is the responsibility to share and teach from His word. I believe before we do this we should consider the above question of being in the “Know” or in the “No”
Question 1: Am I in the “Know” when it comes to the material I am trying to teach?
If you can answer yes I do know and understand the material and can confidently and accurately teach this then you should go forth and teach. If you were to be in the “No” column as you answer this question then you need to slow down and take the time to study the material better before entering into this study. Sometimes a lack of understanding of the material can lead the person you are teaching down a completely wrong path. We must all follow the command found in 2 Tim 2:15, “15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” If we do not do this we will not be able to present the message intended by God.
Question 2: Am I in the “Know” when it comes to recognizing who my audience is?
It is a well known fact that we do not speak to everyone we come in contact with in the same manner. There are certain things that can be said directly to a close friend or family member that cannot be said to someone you have a lesser relationship with because there is not the same level of trust and understanding in the relationship. These things build over time and must be constantly nurtured and as relationships grow and trust and understanding develop, harder speech may be accepted by those you speak to. Background also has a lot to do with the way we teach others. This example is clearly displayed in the fact that there are four different Gospels written to four different audiences. Matthew’s Hebrew background lends well to the deeply religious tone of his account which is written to the Jews and religious leaders. Mark writes like a journalist with very concise and pointed records of Christ’s life. The Roman pragmatist (his audience) would have been likely to heed this tone and style of writing. Luke works more scientifically, offering a chronological outline of the Lord’s life. He is writing to the Greek idealists who respect education and knowledge and the fact he is an educated man would have helped them respect and give credence to what he had to say. John’s letter is written for the gentile (anyone not Jewish). He focuses on a more personal side of our relationship to Chris where the others focus on the more ethical and practical reasons for doing so. His primary emphasis is on the deity of Christ and helping those who have not been a part of the chosen race realize that the Gospel and its promises are for them as well.
Question 3: Are you in the know of your role in the process of salvation?
Paul does an excellent job reminding everyone of our part in the spreading of the Gospel in 1 Cor 3:6, “6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” We must always remember we are not the ones doing the converting, it is God working through His Word that were are sharing that does the converting. Let us always remain humble and understand our responsibility in teaching and not become puffed up when we have success planting the Word. The Goal should always be to give God the glory!