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Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are.
Believe what you read.
Teach what you believe.
Practice what you teach.”
— From the Rite of Ordination of Deacons in the Catholic Church

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  1. Timothy Chan says

    I really like this.

    Nowadays people tend to go from receive to practice, with a heavy emphasis on a narrow scope of practice.

    We need to believe more, believe rightly, and even teach it to others and teach it to ourselves as well.

    Thanks for the great reminder.

  2. Anson says

    Yeah, I think this reminds us of the essential requirements of the teaching ministry.
    Some teach others, but only teach their own philosophy, not what they received from the Scriptures.
    Some teach others, but don’t believe themselves.
    Some teach others, but don’t practice themselves.

    On the other hand, some in the church only keep receiving, believing, and practicing, in a very consumeristic fashion, but never willing to teach others, just because that person thinks he or she has no “gift of teaching”. I’d then point out, Col 3:16 says:

    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.”

    That “you” is actually in plural, addressed to all of God’s chosen people (3:12), not just those in the teaching ministry. So it seems that RBTP is what ever believer should be doing.