SCRIPTURAL QUALIFICATIONS OF EVANGELISTS

2 TIMOTHY 2    Preachers are to know God's word very well. "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. In our society, many preachers attend formal schools to learn the word of God in depth. However, this is not the way it was originally done. Timothy's knowledge of the Scriptures came from his training in early childhood (2 Timothy 1:5; 2:14-15). He then traveled extensively with Paul and other preachers (Acts 16:1-3). Besides Paul, Timothy spent a good bit of time in the company of Silas (Acts 17:14-15; 18:15). Soon Timothy was being sent to various congregations by Paul either in the company of another preacher or alone. Hence, we learn that preachers are responsible for the training of other preachers. "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2). The idea of going to a school to learn how to preach is actually fraught with danger. By centralizing the training, the devil's work is made easier. All that is needed is to corrupt a few teachers in the school and false doctrine is rapidly spread throughout the brotherhood. However, with decentralized training no one preacher can impact the teaching in the majority of churches.

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