13 Signs Teaching Is Becoming an Idol for You

Via Missional in Suburbia:

THIRTEEN SIGNS teaching has become way too important for you…

  1. On a weekly basis you travel from a great distance to hear a particular preacher. At the same time you find that you are disconnected from meaningful community but that is OK because you place such a premium on teaching.

  2. You believe the primary reason you are part of a local church is to be fed through teaching, preaching, and various studies. Therefore teaching is treated like food at an all you can eat buffet. We eat, and eat, and eat…

  3. You are highly opinionated about a particular style of preaching and teaching. Very rarely are you satisfied unless the teacher meets your personal standards.

  4. You compare every communicator to your favorite teacher.

  5. Your not totally convinced that Jesus got it right when he said that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love others (Matthew 22:36-40). Maybe Jesus meant teaching…somehow.

  6. You evaluate a church more on how they teach (delivery, style, method) then you do on how they live it out in their life, family, community, and world.

  7. Information preferred over transformation.

  8. You believe that the greatest hope this generation has of embracing the love and grace of Jesus Christ is to get them to come to our weekly worship service.

  9. You think Jesus must have taught like (insert your favorite speaker here).

  10. In a very subtle, unspoken way you downplay the fact that Jesus said people will know the validity of the gospel by the way we love one another (John 13:34-35).

  11. You are not sure what the personal implications are for you when you read “the Word became flesh” in John 1.

  12. Teachers are treated like celebrities.

  13. As you are reading this you are beginning to get angry.


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