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Qualified To Teach Others
Competent, knowledgeable and qualified to teach others also’(2 Tim.2:2).
Beside the attentiveness to purpose, the willingness to endure, gentleness and patience in dealing with opposition as some of the necessities for becoming a faithful witness of Jesus Christ, the minister must also be qualified to teach 'others' also.
By ‘others’ I speak precisely of those of the higher echelon of the ‘educational circle’ at this point.  Too long has the minister just called and prepared his sermon for the oppressed, the down trodden, the broken hearted, the less fortunate, the poor, the sick, the suffering, and the outcasts, and mostly these come and are saved as though they are the only ones to be saved, but leave out the call to the philosophers, the stoics, the atheists, the agnostics, and the special other ‘ists’ to come that they too might be convinced of their sin and be saved.

Is it that they are afraid to confront the learned? Are ministers not commanded to study to show themselves approved and to have the ability to skilfully sculpt the Word of God? (2 Tim.2:15).

Jesus at age twelve was an apologist and was able to conference with the lawyers and doctors of learning of his day (Lk 2: 46-47). Are ministers not more than twelve?

Why is it incumbent upon the minister to be qualified? - Because the whole climate of education has changed and Daniel 12:4 has unfolded before our very eyes; ‘knowledge has increased’. Within our own country placements for formal education have increased from 15000 in 2001 to approximately 47000 places in 2007. Knowledge has increased. This is the decade of literacy (2003-2012). The minister now has a new type of listeners to whom he must explain how the invisible attributes, eternal power and divine nature of God are clearly seen and understood by the things He has made (Rom.1:20).

He must now be able to reveal the fingerprint of God through science, language, mathematics and every other discipline that is thrown at him and bring the learned enquirer into account to God. The apostle Paul did it on the Areopagus when he preached his ‘philosophical sermon’, under the anointing of the Spirit, which challenged the objections of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers to the gospel (Acts 17:16-34). Paul argued about the nature of God and the way God relates to human beings, especially through Jesus Christ. ‘Dionysius the Areopagite’ was among those who joined Paul and believed in Christ (Acts17:34).

I challenge students / prospective students today to become as competent, knowledgeable, and qualified as can be to be able to successfully teach the educated ‘others’ also, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and not leave them undone.

May the Lord bless you as you rise to the challenge of the decade and beyond!

                                                                                                Prof. Kathleen James
PhD Biblical Studies
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