Dear Friend of Vision
“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Ti 2:2)
The teaching of Paul must have been sufficiently anointed and clear for it to be transmitted to others…who would in turn take the memorized messages and teach others. This was all done, more likely, orally and not in written form. Why is this important?
Firstly, the hearer or student actually had to attend, listen intently, and though they may have taken notes, they mostly payed close mind to every nuance of Paul’s presentation. In many ways, this is a lost art form for students…listening, but faith comes by hearing…and you cannot hear without having open ears and an open heart, and a willingness to listen carefully and prayerfully.
Secondly, when you listen carefully and prayerfully, you get the message, but also the messenger. The student catches the spirit of the teacher. The best teachers I have sat under were not necessarily the brightest, but were by far the most passionate about their subject. They were able to engage students, helping us enter the conversation and pick up the heart of the instructor, not just the information.
Finally, faithfulness can be clearly seen by the very fact that the student shows up…which you cannot guarantee via the internet, or simply because they are in the pew every other week. Consistent teaching to students who are consistently listening produces faithful followers who can teach others also.