Teaching Higher Things - Educator Appreciation Day (Mark 1:21-28)Pastor Joe Sanders, May 4, 2014
Part of the Standalone series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Teaching is a noble undertaking and is especially prized in the Bible and throughout Biblical history. Those who teach are held to a higher level of accountability by God and have a massive list of responsibilities on their plate as they serve to shape and mold impressionable minds and hearts. In the Church, we are all teachers and we must remember that more than any lesson or information that we could pass on, we ourselves are the lesson. We are passing on values and seeking to equip people to be the most effective image of Christ that they could possibly be. Christ was the Master Teacher and the best example of holistic character and spiritual teacher that could ever be imitated. So let’s look our Master and be teachers who pass on much more than math, english, or thinking skills- let’s impart wisdom, character, and tools to deal with life in a Godly manner, no matter where our students are or what they do.
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21And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. (KJV)