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Ephesians 4:7-17 – Equipping the Church – Teachers

by on June 13, 2013

 

 

Teachers

 

Jesus Christ placed the gift of teaching in His Church. Jesus, himself, was primarily a teacher. Mark 6:34 is a typical example of His observations about people and His response to them.

 

And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

 

Jesus made teaching more that just a dignified profession.

He made it an essential part of the Church. Teachers follow the model of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.

 

Some observations about teachers:

 

1. Are an overlooked gift to the Church

 

2. Diligent searchers of the truth

 

3. Instruction in doctrine and practical living

 

4. Defense of the gospel – apologists

 

5. Should be primary speakers in the Church

 

6. Use methods of good instruction to present truth

 

7. Instruction guards and protects the worship

 

8. Essential for growth in new believers

 

9. Know how to blend mercy and truth

 

10. Know how to avoid faulty epistemology and theology

 

11. Know how to do excellent research and discover facts

 

12. Are truly servants of the word

 

13. Know how to reprove, rebuke, exhort with longsuffering and doctrine

 

14. There are also false teachers –

II Peter 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

A German expression to describe church leaders in the Anabaptist movement was Deiner des Wortes – Servant of the Word. In other words, these men were called to be servants who knew the Word of God and knew how to use the Word to instruct the people.

Teachers, like Jesus, teach by their words but they also teach by their lives. Their example is their greatest contribution. Their walk matches their words. And, their words match their walk.

Teachers teach in the Church. Some of them also teach as full time occupations. There is an interesting comparison between the time students spend in church versus the time they spend in school.

Ministers and churches typically have the students for about 50-100 hours per year.

Teachers and schools typically have the students for about 900 hours per year.

It should be immediately evident that teachers have a huge impact on the population. Teachers take that impact seriously and work diligently to change lives by instruction in truth.

Teachers in ChristianSchools and Bible Institutes teach between three and four hours per day. So, if a Bible Institute instructor teaches three hours per day for five days per week that is 15 hours per week. Multiply that times thirty weeks and it grows to a huge impact on student’s lives.

Imagine, if you will, the amount of influence on the student by a teacher who instructs in Bible and social science classes for 900 hours for ten or twenty or thirty years. It is immediately clear that the teaching gift has a huge impact on the Church. That is why Jesus Christ was a teacher and it is why He places teachers in His Church.

It is also important to note that teachers have a responsibility to teach the teachers. Some Churches and schools provide opportunity for their leaders to be instructed by teachers who are capable of specific areas of instruction. This is a very helpful and useful time of refreshment for the leaders who find it a time of rebuilding.

Teaching the teachers is an overlooked need in the Church today. Many church leaders are struggling to stay current and to prepare messages and provide counseling.  There are excellent teachers who are available to instruct the church leaders.  God has placed these resources here to equip the Church. The Church should avail themselves to the resources God has provided.

 

 

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