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Sermon #29: Jesus on His Teaching

"My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me." - John 7:16 (NIV)

All Christians are teachers. They teach somebody something at some point. They explain Christian issues to those in their sphere of influence. This is how souls are won and developed.

It's therefore important for every Christian to keep in mind the cardinal rule regarding teaching, namely that the teacher should never propagate their own teaching, but only that which comes from God. "So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say," Jesus declared in John 12:50 (NIV).

When one is teaching, they could face some temptation to spice up the teaching, tweak it a bit, even to introduce small lies to a specific end. One should always guard against this. Teaching carries immense responsibilities; with it one can make or unmake their audience.

Furthermore, teaching should be done to the end that God, and not the teacher, may be glorified. The Bible says, "He who speaks on his own does so to gain honour for himself, but he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him" - John 7:18 (NIV).