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For those of you who wish to sharpen your teaching gift, whether it's a top-level gift or somewhere lower in your mix, you're desiring exactly what Paul encouraged Timothy to pursue. He said, "Be diligent in this matter and give yourself wholly to it. Let people see that you're progressing." Paul told Timothy to work at improving his preaching. You, in turn, may be asking, "How do I do that? How do I get better?" Here are some ideas that will prove useful.

Listen to great preaching and teaching

In almost every discipline, if you want to improve, you need to watch others. If you want to develop your golf game, you need to watch golf. Study tapes showing people swinging correctly and effectively. I'm a sailboat racer. So if I'm not racing a boat myself, I'll watch other people race so I can observe their skills. I study how they trim their sails, how their crew work, and I watch their tactics. The way we tend to get better at anything is by putting ...

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