Field Notes – 11/8/F
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“Paul Blackham is Matthew Henry for the video age.” (Glen Scrivener)
Speaking of Matthew Henry, Allan Harman’s biography of him is simply outstanding!
Mark Dever: “Curation means someone with some kinds of expertise has sat down and edited those hymns, selected those hymns, made sure the settings fit, put them together in sections.”
Keith Getty: “Judeo-Christian history has really had four forms of curation. One’s called the Psalms. One’s called liturgy. One’s called hymnbooks. And one is basically localised singing. Until now you could grab something from anywhere.”
Freedom of the Will and Effectual Calling is the subject of the latest edition of the Founders Journal.
“You don’t ever finish preparing a sermon, you just abandon working any more on it, trusting that what’s heard is better than what’s said.” (Sam Allberry)
What does the apostle Paul mean by “able to teach”? (1 Timothy 3:2)
“I think he tells us.
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul says that an elder must not teach different doctrines, especially those that promote empty speculation (1 Tim. 1:3–4). The goal of his instruction must be love, a good conscience, and sincere faith (1:4). His teaching should also match his life, since by his life and teaching he will save himself and his hearers (4:16). He must teach what you teach, and if he teaches other doctrine that does not agree with the sound teaching of Christ, he is conceited and understands nothing (6:3–4).
Paul’s second letter to Timothy also fills out what he means by “able to teach.” An elder must hold onto the pattern of sound teaching that can be learned from the Scriptures (2 Tim. 1:13). He will be diligent in correctly teaching the word of truth (2:15). He will avoid empty speech that deviates from the truth (2:16, 18). He will only teach and instruct what God would have him teach, knowing that repentance will lead to a knowledge of the truth (2:24–25). He won’t look to his own wisdom, but to Scripture, which is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. And he will persist in such teaching, correcting, rebuking, and encouraging with great patience (4:2).
Finally, Paul’s letter to Titus gives us a few hints about what it means to be “able to teach.” Such an elder will hold firmly to the trustworthy word as has been taught, and will rebuke and instruct with sound doctrine those who contradict it (1:9). He must not be an insubordinate, empty talker who teaches for shameful gain (1:10–11). Instead, he must be sound in the faith and one who turns away from false myths and commands (1:13–14). His words will always accord with sound teaching, and he will show himself to be a model of good works (2:1, 7). Finally, his teaching must show integrity and dignity so that his message can be characterised as sound and cannot be condemned (2:8).
Basically, an able teacher is someone who holds fast to sound doctrine and can faithfully communicate that doctrine to others. He rightly teaches the Bible.”