Teaching God's Word
‘. . . My doctrine is not Mine,
but His who sent Me.
If anyone wills to do His will,
he shall know concerning the doctrine,
whether it is from God or
whether I speak on My own authority.
He who speaks from himself
seeks his own glory;
but He who seeks the glory
of the One who sent Him is true,
and no unrighteousness is in Him.’
(John 7:16-18, NKJV)
At Rainbow Covenant Church, we give the utmost importance to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.
We believe that:
1. Those who teach and preach God’s Word must be commissioned by God Himself, and this must be confirmed through the manifest evidence of the gift of teaching.
‘And how shall they preach unless they are sent?’ (Romans 10:15, NKJV)
The Bible warns of ‘false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 11:13, NKJV). In the last days, there will be a proliferation of false prophets and false teachers ‘who will secretly bring in destructive heresies’ (2 Peter 2:1, NKJV) and exploit the people of God with ‘deceptive words’ (2 Peter 2:3, NKJV).
2. The pastor is God’s appointed shepherd over the flock of his local congregation. He must ensure the flock is well-fed with God's Word.
The pastor must ‘be diligent to present [himself] approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth’ (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV). He must be ready to preach ‘in season and out of season,’ and he must ‘convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching’ (2 Timothy 4:2, NKJV).
3. The pastor must teach and preach the whole counsel of God.
‘For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.’ (Acts 20:27-28, NKJV)
The pastor must teach comprehensively from the Word of God, because ‘all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV).
4. The pastor must himself be teachable, in order that he may teach the flock well.
The Bible records that there was ‘a certain Jew named Apollos’ who was ‘an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures’ (Acts 18:24, NKJV). This was someone who taught God’s Word with a fair degree of accuracy: he ‘had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord’ (Acts 18:25, NKJV). Yet, he needed to be further taught by Aquila and Priscilla, who ‘took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately’ (Acts 18:26, NKJV).
5. The teaching and preaching of God’s Word is in demonstration of God’s Spirit and God’s power.
‘And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’ (1 Corinthians 2:4-5, NKJV)
Jesus Himself sets the standard for all who teach and preach the Word of God. Those who listened to Jesus were ‘astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes’ (Mark 1:22, NKJV). The apostles of the early church saw such a demonstration of God’s power when they spoke boldly in the Lord, who was ‘bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands’ (Acts 14:3, NKJV).