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13/08/11 5:38 PM

2 Timothy 2:2

Take the things you heard me say in front of many other witnesses and pass them on to faithful people who are also capable of teaching others.

Acts 18:1-4, 7-11

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome.  Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.  Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks… Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titus Justus, a worshiper of God.  Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.  One night the lord spoke to Paul in a vision; “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”  So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God… Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the believers ahd sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.  They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.  When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined.  But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.”  Then he set sail for Ephesus.  When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.  After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.  Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus.  He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the scriptures.  He has been instructed in the way of the lord, and he spoked with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue.  When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God mor adequately.  When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.  When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.

Acts’ simple plan for lifelong personal growth in God:

1. Train others in whatever God has given you.  Pay attention to Faithful Available Teachable people.

2. Encourage them to do the same thing to others.  Ying Kai calls the “T4T’… training for trainers.

How can you get started passing on what you know to faithful people who can teach others?

1. Try stuff.  Ask around

2. Don’t sweat failure. Evaluate and try again

3. Don’t forget to encourage them to train others themselves

4. Start now

5. Keep getting trained yourself

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