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“Christ's warning against calling hypocrites father and teacher is not an absolute prohibition against using these terms, as some teach. These terms are applied to men many times in the NT, all of which usages are inspired by God. Teacher is used in Jn 3:10; Acts 13:1; 1Co 12:28; Eph 4:11; and 2Ti 1:11. Father is used in Lk 16:24; 1Co 4:15; and Col 3:21…God is our true Father and Teacher. A teacher or father on earth is one who leads people to God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 23:8-10, 1-39)

“Those who teach prove themselves to be good ministers of the Lord when they are themselves “nourished in the words of faith” with which they “instruct the brethren” (1 Timothy 4:6). If he is to pass on his faith in the Lord, a teacher must transmit doctrine to others both by instruction and by example – a manifestation of his own struggle for knowledge, faith, and salvation.” (Dynamis 11/23/2018)

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment (James 3:1)”. Teachers are often leaders and leaders are often teachers. Leaders should live what they teach. God will hold both leaders and teachers to a higher standard and in stricter judgement when they are hypocritical. Christ demonstrates this in His castigation and evisceration of the Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-39 when He points out how they repeatedly teach one thing and do another.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“…teaching of the faith remains an essential ministry within the Church (Ephesians 4:11)…We must keep in mind that the Christian teacher is not asked to conduct an academic course about Christ in the abstract. Understanding the limitations of the human mind – his own as well as that of others – the true teacher of the faith never seeks to convey a mere body of intellectual information. The true Christian teacher necessarily speaks from the heart, from the inmost aspect of his being, which the Fathers call the nous. In the nous, all learning takes place through an immediate encounter with Christ, not through the abstract concepts of the rational mind.” (Dynamis 1/16/2018)

“There is no better way to teach a child Christianity than to actually live it – truly and from the heart. You cannot teach what you do not live.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The faith of Christian leaders is that faith they both teach and live by.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Hebrews 13:7)

“God's commandments in the Old Testament were to be taught and acted upon. Moses acted upon them, then taught them to others. This is the proper order: first keep them, then teach them. Those taught are then responsible to do them, for learning but not doing contradicts the teachings themselves. The same order holds in the New Testament commandments. For in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord said that whoever “does and teaches” His commandments “shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:19). Therefore, “does and teaches” is the proper order.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Deuteronomy 4:5)

“Christianity is never taught, only “caught.” Thus, the true teacher must know Christ personally.” (Dynamis 1/16/2018)

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