Those with the gift of teaching love details, gathering information, and downloading that information into the lives of others in order to make them better. Their contribution to the church is massive. They are thinkers who are able to wrestle big questions to the ground and then articulate simple answers to those questions so that others can have clarity about not only what they believe but why they believe what they believe.
1. How did you score in the gift of teaching? Did you find any of the characteristics to be true in your life? Share which ones.
2. Apollos was able to help others because he allowed himself to be helped/corrected by Priscilla and Aquilla. Ho well do you handle correction from others? Discuss.
3. Thomas, an original follower of Jesus, was a man of many questions. He was not quick to believe the report that Jesus had risen from his friends. Do you think he was doing a good thing or bad thing by wanting proof in order to believe in the resurrection?
4. The Bereans were not quick to believe Paul’s message when he preached to them. Noting Acts 17:11, how do we manage the tension between trusting others and validating what they are saying to be true.
5. Why we believe what we believe has the power to keep us believing. How so?
6. Trevor mentioned that one of the best aspects of the gift of teaching is that they are always questioning. Why is this a positive attribute and how does it contribute to the church?
7. Do you feel like the Church overall is open to the questions of unbelievers? Why or why not? Do you feel like The Church is ok with believers having questions about their faith?
8. Have you ever had a question you didn't feel comfortable asking at church? What is it?
If you are a teacher and feel compelled to correct, do so with the example of Pricilla and Aquila’s grace, and build the relationship first. If you are corrected, follow the example of Apollos and receive it and get better because of it.
1 Peter 3:15 — But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.