Biblical Difference Between preaching and Teaching

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Difference Between preaching and Teaching anyone

Roger David [01/24/2016 7:42 PM]
Preaching – Kerusso:
to be a herald, to officiate as a herald
to proclaim after the manner of a herald
always with the suggestion of formality, gravity and an authority which must be listened to and obeyed
to publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done
used of the public proclamation of the gospel and matters pertaining to it, made by John the Baptist, by Jesus, by the apostles and other Christian teachers

Teaching – Didasko:
to teach
to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses
to be a teacher
to discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one’s self as a teacher
to teach one
to impart instruction
instill doctrine into one
the thing taught or enjoined
to explain or expound a thing
to teach one something

I love it when words are reused in their own definitions. lol

On a personal note I have always considered preaching to be inspiring whereas teaching is equipping.

I preach to the lost…I teach the saints.

Mark Gonzales [01/24/2016 7:46 PM]
umm, ok. Should a pastor preach more or teach

John Kissinger [01/24/2016 7:49 PM]
come on now Roger David

This study of nine Hebrew words for “teach” suggests several key principles for Christian education.
1. One who teaches must be first of all a learner–and an intense learner (cf. the Piel form of the verbs “to learn”). He cannot teach what he himself does not know. And conversely, intense learning should result in teaching.
2. The causative form of these Hebrew words indicates that Christian teaching is helping to learn (or causing to learn). Based on these nine Hebrew words, Christian teaching is (a) making others familiar with divine truths, (b) giving discernment, (c) warning, (d) imparting knowledge, (e) correcting, (f) guiding, (g) training, (h) giving wisdom and insight, and (i) inculcating.
3. The Hiphil form may also show that teaching is helping pupils be what the teacher already is, and helping pupils know what the teacher already knows. In other words, a teacher cannot get his pupils to gain in discernment, knowledge, and insight if he himself does not possess that discernment, knowledge, and insight.
4. Christian teaching includes the imparting of Biblical content. It is causing others to have a knowledge of and discernment in God’s Word and ways.
5. Pupils learn as they are familiar with facts, open to correction, willing to be guided, interested in gaining insight, and anxious to grow in wisdom.
6. Learning spiritual truths is ultimately a matter between God and the pupil. In the final sense, only God is the Teacher.
7. Teaching that is lasting and effective must be done with diligence and ardor.
8. Teaching in the home may need to include a correcting of wrong conduct and/or wrong concepts (Prov. 31:1), and it should be done with enthusiasm, repetition, and purpose (Deut.6:7) .
9. Learning God’s Word is to be of a transforming character. It is to help pupils be more obedient to the will and ways of God, so that they may do His will and thus glorify Him. What a high privilege then to be engaged in teaching others God’s precious Word! To be effective in his teaching, every Bible teacher and Christian education worker should be a student of God’s Word

Roger David [01/24/2016 7:49 PM]
He should do as the Spirit leads him. Each congregation is different and so some will need more preaching. They may have the knowledge and just be stuck in apathy so they need preaching to get them motivated to get off their pews. They may have lots of passion and a great desire to do something…but not know what or how and so they needs teaching.

Mark Gonzales [01/24/2016 7:50 PM]

John Kissinger [01/24/2016 7:51 PM]
euaggelizw is also used for preach in the NT 53 times vs. khrussw used more as proclaim 69 instances in the NT

Mark Gonzales [01/24/2016 7:53 PM]
what, english please

Roger David [01/24/2016 7:54 PM]

Jimmy Humphrey [01/24/2016 7:55 PM]
A silly distinction

John Kissinger [01/24/2016 7:57 PM]
Not really Jimmy Humphrey one strong difference between #PrettyStories from the pulpit and hard core preaching. There’s a reason why the NT used so many words to describe what was being done 2097 (Preach 1) euangelizo , “Announce good news.” Included are “good news” (2098 euangelion) and “good newser” (2099 euangelistes).

1229 (Preach 2) diangello , “Widely announce.”

2605 (Preach 3) katangello , “Publicly announce.”

4283 (Preach 4) proeuangelizomai , “Previously announced good news.”

2784 (Preach 5) kerusso , “Proclaim.” Included are “proclamation” (2782 kerugma) and “proclaimer” (2783 kerux).

4296 (Preach 6) prokerusso , “Previously announced.”

1256 (Preach 7) dialegomai , “Discuss.”

Here are the other six Greek words translated “preach.” Their meanings are sufficiently remote from “preach” that word-studies are not deemed necessary:

1. Akoe (0189), “hearing.” Translated “preached” in Heb.4.2b.

2. Laleo (2980), “to speak.” Translated “preach,” “preached” or “preaching” in Mk.2.2, Act.8.25, 11.19, 13.42, 14.25 and 16.6.

3. Logos (3056), “message, word.” Translated “preaching” in 1Co.1.18.

4. Parrhesiazomai (3954), “speak boldly.” Translated “preached boldly” in Act.9.27.

5. Pleroo (4137), “to fulfill.” Translated “preached” in Rom.15.19.

6. Procheirizomai (4400), “previously designated.” Translated “preached” in Act.3.20.

Additionally, “preach” is used gratuitously in 2Co.2.12 and 10.14. That is, there is no word in the Greek FCM text which corresponds to “preach.” Also in the link is the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “PREACHING” AND “PROCLAIMING OR ANNOUNCING “

Jimmy Humphrey [01/24/2016 7:59 PM]
The terms are used as synonymously as rhema and logos in the Greek. False dichotomies are often setup though for those who feel like they need to say something deeper when nothing deeper is there

Curtis Fenison [01/24/2016 8:02 PM]
One way to explain it is; preaching is to prophesy, teaching is to explain and apply wisdom and understanding to what was prophesied and revealed.

Roger David [01/24/2016 8:03 PM]
Well if Jimmy thinks it’s silly then it must be. We should khrussw this from the rooftops and didaskw it in our Sunday schools now.

Curtis Fenison [01/24/2016 8:04 PM]
The testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophesy and preaching. Explaining why these things are true is teaching.

Jimmy Humphrey [01/24/2016 8:05 PM]
You will find these terms used in conjunction and interchangeably all day in the NT.

Jimmy Humphrey [01/24/2016 8:08 PM]
For example…

John Kissinger [01/24/2016 8:15 PM]
There’s also the NT notion that preaching is proclaiming the good news for conversion of unbelievers, and teaching for the catechism growth of disciples; which makes preaching to inclusively to believers just another form of Sunday morning entertainment rather than the original purpose of saving eternal human souls for the Kingdom

Jimmy Humphrey [01/24/2016 8:16 PM]
Try again…

Charles Page [01/24/2016 8:42 PM]
In the Church of God the camp meeting morning service was reserved for teaching and fewer people attended. The night services were reserved for celebrity preachers and it followed that if a ‘man’ could not preach he makes a good teacher.

Basically that is the difference between preaching and teaching.

Jimmy Humphrey [01/24/2016 8:44 PM]
Saying somebody’s a “good teacher” is a back handed compliment

Charles Page [01/24/2016 8:45 PM]
Rev F J May was an excellent Camp meeting morning teacher. Albert Batts was a teacher also C W Conn was a teacher

Ray Hughes and T L Lowery couldn’t teach their way out of a wet paper sack!

Roger David [01/24/2016 8:45 PM]
I prefer teachers to preachers.

Mark Gonzales [01/24/2016 8:51 PM]
i like half and half. But knowledge is Good

Nathan Ridgeway [01/24/2016 11:42 PM]
I have tried to be a father as well as a teacher … 1 Cor 4:15.

Christopher Hart [01/25/2016 8:06 AM]
Teaching is a more pastoral and instructive form of preaching, IMO.

Bertrum Sage [01/25/2016 8:19 AM]
Preaching…teaching ,..where does/do they separate How do/to measure intake , affect or learning

1 Comment

  • Mary Ellen Nissley
    Reply June 6, 2016

    Mary Ellen Nissley

    I enjoy listening to preaching more, I think. Because preaching doesn’t allow for interaction with the audience, with questions and answers. Preachers can step out and get somewhere, whereas teachers can get bogged down in questions from ignorant pupils.

    We’ve got so much fear of man and respect of educated human opinions… and some not so educated… we have very little of what really qualifies as preaching today. It’s just too risky, to lay it all on the line like that. Liable to offend someone or make them mad… and that might hurt the church’s bank account.

    There’s just nothing like a good, old-fashioned rip-snortin’ sermon that afterwards makes you wanna just hand the poor sweat-soaked preacher a good dry towel.

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