a. Teach People The Statutes And Laws Of God (Ex 18:20)
Moses had already been using God’s statutes and laws to issue just decisions (Ex 18:16). However, Moses was only solving individual disputes and problems. He had not gathered the people together to instruct them all in God’s ways.
It is God’s desire that His people know Him. They must also know the laws and principles He has given them through His Word (Ps 119). Thus, people need to be taught what is in God’s Word and how to study God’s Word for themselves.
In Acts 17:11, the people of Berea, upon hearing the Gospel, “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” As a result, “many of them believed…” (v.12). The Bereans knew how to search out truth and confirm it in the Word of God. This was a protection to them from being led astray by false teaching. When a church leader teaches his flock the Word of God accurately, this will help protect them from deception, false religion and the lies of the devil.
TOP PRIORITY FOR EVERY CHURCH LEADER
A diligent church leader will teach his flock the statutes, laws and doctrines found in the Word of God. The committed leader will:
- study God’s Word to the best of his ability (2Tim 2:15)
- spend time praying and meditating on God’s Word, allowing God to give him insight and understanding
- use any reliable research tools he has available to help him study (such as ACTS Magazine)
- do all that he can to see that his flock is instructed with the wisdom and truth of God’s Word (1Tim 4:13,16).
God puts a high value on the study and teaching of His eternal and unchanging Word. God has even appointed one of the five major ministry-equipping gifts as “teacher” (Eph 4:11). God has instructed that the wise elders and leaders “who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine” (1Tim 5:17). This is why God puts a stricter judgment on those who teach the Word of God (Jas 3:1).
Teaching the Word of God to his flock is a leader’s top priority. Paul taught Timothy to “give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” and to “meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them” (1Tim 4:13,15; see also 2 Timothy 2:15).
b. Teach People The Way To Walk (Ex 18:20)
People must do more than just memorize statutes and laws. They must also learn how to apply the Scriptures to their lives by living in obedience to the God Who gave them.
God gives us His Word to teach us Who He is and what is required to walk uprightly before Him. We must learn how to walk with God daily, loving Him even as He loves us (Deut 6:5; 7:6-9). God’s desire – from the time of His original creation, through His covenant with Abraham, through the sending of His Son for us, and even now – is to have a loving, personal relationship with all of humanity (Gen 1:26-28; 12:1-3; John 3:16; 1Tim 2:4).