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The Ultimate Teacher (Psalm 119:102)

I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me.
Psalm 119:102

The psalmist understands the relationship between God’s ordinances and God Himself. It is so easy to approach God’s word with a lack of seriousness and gratitude. It is a remarkable thing that God has actually made it possible for us to know Him through His word.

Paul reminds us that it is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that we can actually understand God’s word. He instructs us! The natural man does not have the capacity to comprehend spiritual truths (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).

Paul commended the church at Thessalonica because they understood the correlation between the message that was preached and the word of God.

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13

The psalmist is committed to keeping the ordinances because he knows they are God’s ordinances. We must have the same perspective concerning God’s word. The fact that God is teaching us through His word should result in a very serious commitment to obedience.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16–17

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58