Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
"Preach the word." (2 Timothy 4:2)
Jesus was primarily known, not as a healer or miracle worker, but as a teacher. (Mark 12:19; 13:1) Declaring the good news of God's Kingdom was Jesus' priority, and so it is for his followers today. Christians have a commision to continue the work of disciple-making by teaching people to observe all the things that Jesus commanded. (Matthew 28:19, 20) In order to fulfill our commision to make disciples, we constantly seek to improve our ability to teach. The apostle Paul underlined the importance of this skill when writing to his preaching companion Timothy. He said: "Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching. Stay by these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you." (1 Timothy 4:16) The kind of teaching that Paul had in mind is not the mere imparting of knowledge. Effective Christian ministers reach the hearts of people and motivate them to make changes in their lives.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 2:1, 2)