From Dave Roberson


As I sat listening to Mark Jenkins speak in church, I thought to myself, THIS MUST BE A GENINUINE TEACHING GIFT. I have known Mark for several years, and as I glanced around the sanctuary, I noticed his teaching was having the same effect on other people as it was having on me.

I couldn’t help but think, I wish I could have heard this thirty-five years ago when I did not know that the path to the miracle is as sovereign and final as the Cross itself. Why would Jesus die on the Cross for you and then not provide a step-by-step access into everything the Cross provided? This is what the teaching gift does—it helps put you on the right path.

I know now that the teaching gift has an anointing which qualifies it. And in the same way that the office of the working of miracles must be qualified by miracles, there is also an anointing that must qualify the teaching gift. First Corinthians 12:27,28 says:

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

The anointing of the teacher is able to make the truth of God so understood that faith comes. And the reason a teacher can do this is because the Holy Spirit qualifies him with an anointing that flows in two directions: One is from the teacher to the listener, and the other is from the listener to the teacher.

This latter anointing helps the teacher understand where you are walking spiritually, and because he understands where you are, this teaching anointing helps take you down the right path—one step at a time, from where you are, into everything Jesus said you could be.

You must understand, in the early Church, the gifting, the calling of the teacher was like pure gold to the people. Very few could read, and even if they could, there was no canon of Scripture joining the Old and New Testaments together sitting in their laps. And even though times have changed, the mission of God remains the same.

We’re so blessed to be able to take a copy of the canon of Scripture home with us, both the Old and New Testaments, and study. Yet the mission of God remains the same. He uses teachers like Mark and ordains them to lift the mysteries out of the Word of God and make them part of us.

As I listen to Mark teach, I know he has something from God. This anointing God has given him not only arrests my attention but somehow ministers to my understanding in such a way that I want more.

Please don't miss this! His teachings are a must.

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