Tips for Talks and Lessons #10: Teach “By the Spirit”

The key to gospel teaching has been, is, and will always be the same:Teach the doctrine from the scriptures by the Spirit.”

1 Cor 2:4-5
            “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing word of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit of power;
“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

D&C 50: 13-22
            “Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question — unto what were ye ordained [set apart]?
            “To preach my gospel by the Spirit . . . .
            “And if is be by some other way it is not of God.
            “Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.

D&C 42:14
            “And if ye receive not the Spirit, ye shall not teach.”

Boyd K. Packer:
            “The gift to teach with the Spirit is a gift worth praying for.  A teacher can be inept, inadequate, perhaps even clumsy, but if the Spirit is powerful, messages of eternal importance can be taught.  We can become teachers, very good ones, but we cannot teach moral and spiritual values with only academic approach.  There must be spirit in it…I will urge everyone who teaches in the Church to teach as the Lord taught, with the tools He has provided, and not to be drawn out of context.  Teach with the Spirit!” (Teach Ye Diligently, p 276, 283)

2 Ne 33:1:
            “When a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost, the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.”

D&C 11:21
            “Seek not to declare by word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.“

Mosiah 5:1-2
            “And they all cried with one voice saying; Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us… that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.”

1 Cor 2:4-5
            “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing word of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit of power;
            “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

Alma 17:2-4
“           And they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently that they might know the word of God.
            “But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer and fasting; therefore, they had the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
            “Yea, by the power of their words many were brought before the altar of God, to call on his name and confess their sins before him.”

Moroni 10:5
            “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

Jesus taught with power and authority. He did not teach like the scribes, lawyers, and scholars. We too can and should teach with the power and authority of the Spirit.

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