Tonight, we continue to examine the twenty attributes of a Godly man, and we’re comparing these to what our scouting ideals suggest an ideal scout should act like. [Note: you don’t have to be Christian to be a scout, but in our troop, our families do share a common faith so we often try to compare how scout ideals and our shared Christian ideals parallel each other]
In the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote letters to Timothy and Titus describing the ideal attributes of a godly man. While he was specifically writing to offer advice and direction on finding men who’d be good candidates to hold pastoral or teaching jobs within the church, Gene Getz, the author of the book “The Measure of a Man”, felt that it was a good list for all men.
This evening we are taking a look at what it means to be a man who is “Able to Teach” (from 1 Tim 3:2).
What do you think it means to be able to teach? Do you think it literally means to be a teacher, or something more? Being able to teach may not mean simply “able to teach knots to other scouts” as much as it may mean something deeper.
The actual greek word in the scriptures is “Didaktikos” and it’s a specific adjective that’s used in 2 Timothy 2:23-25:
“But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,” New King James Version (NKJV)
How about in this context – look at the phrases around it – these phrases don’t describe specific skills (i.e. like job skills) as much as ways of conducting our life.
Could “being able to teach” mean something like “able to guide someone out of their quarrels/strife to reach an understanding of how to find lasting peace?”
If so, what does it really take to be able to teach this way? Maturity? Patience? Wisdom? A sense of humor? A willingness to put yourself on the line and take a risk?
What is the most immediate benefit to including “able to teach” on a list of attributes for “Godly men”?
Can you think of times in the Bible when being a peacemaker or being able to teach were important?
Has God demonstrated an “ability to teach” over time? If so, describe some of those situations.
Does scouting encourage its members to “be able to teach”? If so, how?
The scouting program absolutely requires its members to literally teach each other skills, but I think that the scout law in calling for us to be cheerful, friendly, courteous and kind helps put us on the right track to develop wisdom in dealing with argumentative people or people who are upset and need someone to help them.
Do you have any other thoughts or impressions on the value of being able to teach others?