The Second Task of the Teacher in the discipleship process involves helping new believers understand what kind of person God is.
#1. The Existence of God
God is real.
How exactly does God convince people that he is real?
The Church needs to deal with this question. The answer to this question should leave us amazed at what God is doing to overcome people’s objections and reservations.
That is what happened to me when I began hearing stories from around the world about Muslims having dreams and visions, Hindus receiving divine healing, and Christians raising the dead in China.
I hope you get a chance to hear these kind of stories in person someday. If you want confirmation then I want to recommend a book to you.
#2. The Attributes of God
The most popular attribute of God is his love. The Second Task of the Teacher involves helping people understand that there are 24 other attributes that dictate how God shares his love with us.
The Second Task of the Teacher involves helping people build bridges in their minds between God’s love and the attributes listed below that God uses to deliver his love into our lives.
If you look carefully at this list below, you will notice love is missing. I left love off this list on purpose. Love is not an attribute of God, it is ALL the attributes of God.
1. Independent (Job 41:11)
“God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything, yet we and the rest of creation can glorify him and bring him joy.” (Wayne Grudem)
2. Unchanging (Psalm 102:25-27)
“God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes and promises, yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations.” (Wayne Grudem)
3. Eternal (Job 36:26)
“God has no beginning, end, or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time.” (Wayne Grudem)
4. Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10)
“God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places.” (Wayne Grudem)
5. Unity (Exodus 34:6-7)
“God is not divided into parts, yet we see different attributes of God emphasized at different times.” (Wayne Grudem)
6. Spirit (John 4:24)
God’s spirituality means that God exists as a being that is not inside of any matter, has no parts or dimensions, is unable to be perceived by our bodily senses, and is more excellent than any other kind of existence.” (Wayne Grudem)
7. Invisible (1 John 4:12)
“God’s invisibility means that God’s total essence, all of his spiritual being, will never be able to be seen by us, yet God still shows himself to us through visible, created things.” (Wayne Grudem)
8. Omniscience (Job 37:16)
“God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act.” (Wayne Grudem)
9. Wise (Psalm 104:24)
“God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals.” (Wayne Grudem)
10. Truthfulness/Faithfulness (John 17:3)
“God’s truthfulness means that is the true God, and that all his knowledge and words are both true and the final standard of truth.” (Wayne Grudem)
11. Goodness (Psalm 119:68)
“The goodness of God means that God is the final standard of good, and that all that God is and does is worthy of approval.” (Wayne Grudem)
12a. Mercy (Psalm 103:8)
“God’s mercy means God’s goodness toward those in misery or distress.” (Wayne Grudem)
12b. Grace (1 Corinthians 15:10)
“God’s grace means God’s goodness toward those who only deserve punishment.” (Wayne Grudem)
12c. Patience (Romans 2:4)
“God’s patience means God’s goodness in withholding of punishment toward those who sin over a period of time.” (Wayne Grudem)
13. Holiness (Hebrews 12:14)
“God’s holiness means that he is separated from sin and devoted to seeking his own honor.” (Wayne Grudem)
14. Peace (1 Corinthians 14:33)
“God’s peace means that in God’s being and in his actions he is separate from all confusion and disorder, yet he is continually active in innumerable well ordered, fully controlled, simultaneous actions.” (Wayne Grudem)
15. Righteousness/Justice (Isaiah 45:19)
“God’s righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what is right.”(Wayne Grudem)
16. Jealousy (Exodus 20:5)
“God’s jealousy means that God continually seeks to protect his own honor.” (Wayne Grudem)
17. Wrath (Exodus 32:9-10)
“God’s wrath means that he intensely hates all sin.” (Wayne Grudem)
18. Will (Ephesians 1:11)
“God’s will is that attribute of God whereby he approves and determines to bring about every action necessary for the existence and activity of himself and all creation.” (Wayne Grudem)
19. Freedom (Psalm 115:3)
“God’s freedom is that attribute of God whereby he does whatever he pleases.” (Wayne Grudem)
20. Omnipotence (Genesis 18:14)
“God’s omnipotence means that God is able to do all his holy will.” (Wayne Grudem)
21. Perfection (Matthew 5:48)
“God’s perfection means that God completely possesses all excellent qualities and lacks no part of any quality that would be desirable for him.”
22. Blessedness (1 Timothy 6:15)
“God’s blessedness means that God delights fully in himself and in all that reflects his character.” (Wayne Grudem)
23. Beauty (Psalm 27:4)
“God’s beauty is that attribute of God whereby he is the sum of all desirable qualities.” (Wayne Grudem)
24. Glory (Psalm 24:10)
“God’s glory is the created brightness that surrounds God’s revelation of himself.” (Wayne Grudem)
#3. The Trinity
“God eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God.” (Wayne Grudem)
The concept of the Trinity is a philosophical concept that can be found in the Bible, however we need to recognize that the men who wrote the different parts of the Bible were not philosophers.
The Old Testament culture placed no value on philosophy, and the New Testament writers did not always embrace it either. The end result is that the Trinity is and is not a biblical idea.
None of the men who wrote Scripture were interested in defining God philosophically, but they did give us information to justify the philosophical development of the doctrine of the Trinity.
We need one person in your area to take responsibility for helping people become familiar with the different aspects of God’s character when we are making disciples.
The information here covers chapters 9 through 14 from Wayne Grudem’s book that can provide more material to share if you want to work on the Second Task of the Teacher.
Here is a book that can help you, if you want to volunteer for this assignment.