In this series of sermons on spiritual gifts, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the gift of teaching in a sermon entitled, “Are You Part Of The Mothball Navy?” Here are some excerpts:

Believers in Mothballs

“…Sad to say, many believers seem to be in mothballs. Anchored in some sheltered ecclesiastical harbor, they forget that spiritual warfare rages. The Church should not be isolated up some religious river, in inactivity, but should be out on the high seas engaging the enemy…”

The Gift of Teaching

“…This gift of teaching is mentioned in all three of the primary lists of spiritual gifts: Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 14. This does not mean that it is any more valid than a gift that is mentioned only once, but it probably does mean that the percentage of members of the Body of Christ who receive the gift of teaching is higher than the percentage for many other gifts…”

“The teaching gift was given to equip the saints for service, so that they in turn could teach others. If we would be teachers, we must first be equipped by someone else’s teaching… The Southern Baptist Convention, which is perhaps the strongest Protestant Church in the country today, has gained and sustained its strength mainly because it lays such emphasis upon getting adults into adult Bible Classes on Sunday morning. Let us emulate their method so that we may share their success. I would say that you could be excused from attending Bible Class only if you know everything there is to know about the Bible!…”


The Gift Of Teaching. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.



June 19, 1988

Romans 12:6,7

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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