The Spiritual Gift of Teaching

Teaching is one of the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible. I am sharing a definition and some information about this gift that our congregation received as part of the Fanning the Flame program we did a few years ago. As you read through this post, think about whether this might be one of your gifts.

Literal Meaning: To instruct

Description: The gift of teaching is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to communicate information relevant to the health and ministry of the Body and its members in such a way that others will learn.


  • Communicate biblical truth that inspires greater obedience to the Word
  • Challenge listeners simply and practically with the truths of Scripture
  • Present the whole counsel of God for maximum life-change
  • Give attention to detail and accuracy
  • Prepare through extended times of study and reflection
 Disciplined Should avoid pride that may result from their
 Perceptive “superior” biblical knowledge and understanding
 Teachable Could become too detailed when teaching
 Authoritative and fail to make life application
 Practical Should remember that their spirituality is not 
 Analytical measured by how much they know

References: Acts 13:1, 18:24-28; Romans 12:7, I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11

Using a good concordance, do your own study regarding what God’s Word says about this gift — its application within the various circumstances you find it in Scripture.

For more about spiritual gifts see these posts:

The Spiritual Gift of Service

The Spiritual Gift of Leadership

The Gift of Shepherding

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