“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.
“GO . . . and make disciples of people of all the nations, . . . teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) In view of this command of Jesus Christ, all Christians should endeavor to become teachers. Zealous teachers are needed to help honesthearted ones come to a knowledge of God before it is too late. (Romans 13:11) The apostle Paul urged: “Preach the word, be at it urgently in favorable season, in troublesome season.” (2 Timothy 4:2) This calls for teaching both inside and outside the congregation. Indeed, the preaching commission itself involves more than simply announcing God’s message. Effective teaching is needed if interested ones are to become disciples.
We live in “critical times hard to deal with.” (2 Timothy 3:1) People have been brainwashed by secular philosophies and false teachings. Many are “in darkness mentally” and are “past all moral sense.” (Ephesians 4:18, 19) Some have painful emotional wounds. Yes, people are truly “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36) Nevertheless, by employing the art of teaching, we can help honesthearted ones to make needed changes.