Tremendous Teachers

by APC on October 21, 2015

In the month of October, we continue to honor and recognize the ministry:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 4:11–12, KJV).

In the previous weeks, we highlighted the pastors God has placed in our life, as well as apostles, prophets, and evangelists. The last remaining ministerial role out of the five-fold ministry is a teacher. If we’ve ever attended Sunday school, Bible study, or a church service, we’ve been impacted by a teacher in some capacity.

Teachers—like our pastors, apostles, prophets, and evangelists—have an incredibly important role in the kingdom of God and spend most of their time studying and preparing lessons to teach the Word of God (II Timothy 2:15). Statistics show that teachers (and preachers) will spend on average 10 hours preparing for a 30 minute lesson!

Teachers complete research to include examples within their lessons on how to apply the Word to every-day life and the believer’s daily walk with God. They sometimes become mini-theologians by digging into the Hebrew and Greek to provide the original meaning of Biblical words and concepts to help the learner understand God’s original intent. On the whole, teachers painstakingly ensure their lessons are anointed, complete, and can be understood!

Teachers realize studying the Word of God is an lifelong undertaking, and can sometimes tire the Saints (Ecclesiastes 12:12–13). When a babe in Christ tries to read the original King James version, their inability to understand the Word can be discouraging! Therefore, teachers carry the burden to take the Word, break it into bite-sized pieces, and present it in a way the church body can understand it. Teachers also take great care to cater their lessons to their intended audience: those who are babes in Christ (who need milk) and to seasoned Saints (that can eat meat) (Hebrews 5:12). If there is someone with a desire to learn, the teacher has a passion to teach them!

Teachers also have an incredible burden on their shoulders to not only teach the commandments listed in the Word of God, but to do them as well (Matthew 5:19). They are challenged to set the example for their pupils in all every way of life (Titus 2:7). If a teacher errs in teaching false doctrine, God will judge them more strictly (James 3:1–2)—the salvation of souls is in their hands! Therefore, teachers are prayerful because they want to ensure alignment with the Word, and maintain an active presence of the Holy Ghost in their life to lead and guide them into all truth.

Our teachers are serving in the pulpit, Sunday school rooms, small group studies, Bible quizzing, homes, and many more places! If we open our eyes, we can see the work of a teacher in every area of our life. With just a little bit of knowledge teachers are empowering the church to operate in the ministry of teaching—what Saints learn, they can teach to someone else!

As we are abundantly blessed by pastors, apostles, prophets, and evangelists present in our life, we are very blessed by the teachers God has placed in our lives. Let’s take time this month to appreciate the teachers who’ve taught us to know and continue to know this beautiful truth!