Is Your Leader Wise? A Simple Test For Teachers


Wednesday’s Wisdom Video!

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Is Your Leader Wise? A Simple Test For Teachers

(Transcript)

Any leader that comes along should be able to make the Bible simple enough for you to understand on your own.

If that teacher is coming to you creating and teaching doctrines that are so complicated that the only way you’re going to understand them is if you listen to somebody with a brilliant mind like them— or the teachers in the past that they point to— they’re not good teachers.

The Bible says that Wisdom, she invites everyone and says to the simple, “Come in here and I’ll teach you my ways.”

 

“Let all who are simple come to my house!…

Leave your simple ways and you will live;

walk in the way of understanding.”

Proverbs 9:4a, 6 (NIV)

 

See a really great teacher— one who is sent by God— is first of all not going to tell you that they’re really great, they’re going to be humble because they’re there to serve you.

And second of all, their job is not to make it complicated, not to make it seem like it’s brilliant, but to make it seem like it’s easy [to understand] and very accessible for you. Because it is.

 

“The proverbs of Solomon,

for attaining wisdom and discipline,

for giving prudence to the simple…”

Proverbs 1:1a, 2a, 4a (NIV)

 

Jesus said that the people who can’t access understanding of the Scriptures are the scholars and the learned men, those who consider themselves (or are considered to be) wise and intelligent and strong.

It says that He’s going to hide Himself from those people and He’s going to reveal Himself— and He has revealed Himself— to little children.

 

“Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’”

Matthew 11:25b (NIV)

 

So our job is to preach the Gospel. Not in a foreign language. Not in some theological language that nobody understands, and not with thousand-dollar-words to impress people.

 

“If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me.”

1 Corinthians 14:11 (NIV)

 

We are to proclaim the Gospel in people’s common language that they can understand, and show them how— on a practical level, on a day by day level— to follow Jesus by faith. To place all of their trust in Him, and to obey the simple commands of Jesus.

 

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them…a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.”

Acts 2:4a, 6b (NIV)

 

“And my message and my preaching were very plain. I did not use wise and persuasive speeches, but the Holy Spirit was powerful among you.”

1 Corinthians 2:4 (NLT)

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“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

John 9:4

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