Shocking. It’s the only word I can use to describe the day I heard a pastor describing his sex life from the pulpit. My young daughter sat near the front row. At the time, I was ignorant, naïve, valuing charisma and likeability more than discerning or able to truly test teaching.
Looking back, even my own understanding has changed significantly from what I taught ten or even a handful of years ago. As a result, I have uncovered nine indicators I use to test teaching; both my own and other peoples. This is what I have learned…
The true Gospel:
The day I heard such vulgarity from the pulpit, I left that church and never went back. Needless to say, I was humbled learning how easy it can be to get off course. Good intentions don’t equate to solid teaching.
Since then, I’ve had to carefully test my own heart for humility, check my own character in light of Jesus’. I have been motived to dig into the Word for even more clarity, being diligent about my own teaching, but also checking for fruit in other peoples.
I would love to hear what you have found are effective ways to test either your own or others teaching.
Though born, raised, and still living only miles from where she grew up, Jen's heart lies in the nations. Jen loves the beautiful tapestry found in the wide diversity of people, different cultures, and all nations. Jen and her husband have been married twenty years, and have parented fifteen kids and counting; twelve foster, one adopted, and two bios. Her multi-racial family reflects her passion for unity, desire for faith without walls, and missional mindset to share both the gospel and the power of redemption to a world desperately needing the hope found in Jesus Christ. Jen and her husband have led in a variety of ministries; including prayer, small groups, children's, and women’s. Jen advocates for the orphan as a board member for the non-profit, A New Song; and loves doing missions work internationally, along with her family. You can find Jen writing about faith, while challenging her readers at her blog, Rich Faith Rising, as well as at tweeting faith-filled messages @Jen_Avellaneda . Jen is also on facebook.