The Ministry of the Fivefold Teacher – Part Two

The qualifications for a fivefold teacher are the same as with other fivefold gifts. Character is a qualifier (1 Timothy 3:2-7). Fivefold teachers must live what they teach, being an example to the Body of Christ in word and sound doctrine. A teacher invalidates his ministry when his life does not line up with what he teaches. He becomes a “sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” and respect for him decreases. A fivefold teacher must live what he teaches, giving evidence to the Word of God at work in his life.

According to the Bible, a fivefold teacher will always be judged more strictly by the things that he teaches. James 3:1 states, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” This verse should warn every fivefold teacher to be very careful when standing before God’s people to teach God’s Word.

Often some sort of life experience either tests or affirms a Word that they are preparing to teach. If they are teaching on God’s provision, very often that particular word will be tested in their own life. Then the teacher comes out of that testing with a firm understanding and reality of God’s provision and they can then give testimony to that fact the next time they teach on the subject.

If they are teaching on marriage, undoubtedly they see this area challenged in their relationship with their spouse. The teacher need not fear this God-scrutiny on their life It really is an opportunity to prove the Word of God to be true. If what a fivefold teacher is teaching is not a reality in their life, then they should not be teaching it. It is always better to teach what we know, by experience, to be true. What we have experienced of the truth of God’s Word is always better than just a thought or concept. I appreciate a fivefold teacher that teaches life, not just theory.

A teacher has the ability to lead people astray or on the right path. That is a sobering thought. The average person will not take the time to study as much as a fivefold teacher does who publicly ministers. Therefore, there is a responsibility on the fivefold teacher’s shoulders to make sure that what they teach is truth and reality. He cannot say something just because it sounds good; it needs to be accurate, to line up with God’s Word. A teacher stands in a place of spiritual authority and holds the destiny of the people that he is teaching in his hands. He wants to not only lay a good foundation but also build upon the foundation that has already been laid. A fivefold teacher is very conscious about confusion and strives to avoid it at all costs.

The “divine tension” of the fivefold gifts shows up with the teacher as well. Consider the tension between a teacher and a prophet in this scenario: A gathering of believers have come together for a time of worship and teaching. God’s Spirit is present and there is tremendous freedom in worship. Prophetic words are given; people are drawn to the presence of God; there is excitement, anticipation, a sweetness in the spirit and an understanding that indeed the presence of the Lord is among them.

In this situation, the prophet will be thinking in terms of, :Let’s just go a little longer; the presence of God is here; people are being changed by His presence; let’s keep worshipping the Lord.”

Meanwhile, the fivefold teacher is thinking, “Cam we just get on with it? We have been worshipping for over half an hour; I won’t have time to teach the full word; it’s the implanted Word of God that will change their hearts; I wish I could have taught first, with the worship later.” Can you feel the divine tension?

The truth is that both are right. People are changed when they are brought into the presence of God. But the Word of God is also very powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to separate soul from spirit. So, we need the presence of God in our lives AND the power of God’s prophetic word as well.

 

 

 

The Ministry of the Fivefold Teacher – Part One

Fivefold teachers ground believers in God’s Word. They have the supernatural, God-given ability to teach the principles and doctrines of God in a life-giving way that can be easily understood and applied to everyday life. It is an anointing that imparts God’s divine life to others. Their passion is to take something that is fairly difficult and teach it in a way that is easily understood and applied.

R.T. Kendall believes the Church today desperately needs good fivefold teachers because “a dearth of solid teaching in the church reveals that the Body of Christ needs more than good experience – it needs good theology.” He goes on to say…”The teacher…is the last on the list of…special anointing given in Ephesians 4:11. It is the least controversial but possibly the most neglected and needed of the five. The Greek word for “teacher” (didaskalos) is found in the New Testament fifty-eight times. It was a common way the twelve addressed Jesus – “Master” in the King James Version – which appears in the four Gospels alone at least forty-five times.”

A fivefold teacher is called by the Lord and affirmed by his spiritual leadership. He is filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered and thus able to teach in a life-giving way that brings grace to those who hear him teach. Someone once asked Spurgeon, “What is the secret of great teaching?” He replied, “Get on fire with the gospel and people will come to watch you burn.” This is the approach of the Psalmist in Psalm 39:3: “My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.”

The fivefold teacher is someone who ministers the Word in such a way that releases God’s power and anointing, encouraging believers to rise to their potential in God. He has the ability to teach the Word of God accurately so that people are not fooled by false doctrine. He spends hours studding the Word because his gift is to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). He also teaches and trains the next generation of fivefold teachers, reproducing himself as he ministers from church to church.

A fivefold teacher’s motto is “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” ((Colossians 1:28; Galatians 4:19). His goal and passion is to conform us to the image of God while Christ is being formed in us (John 8:32).

The Word of God is abounding with revelation, and while fivefold teachers love to teach foundational teachings, they also thrive to receive new and fresh revelation from the Scripture. Having a fresh understanding of an old truth revealed to those who are fivefold teachers is the greatest desire fulfilled. So, a fivefold teacher is teaching foundations yet releasing fresh revelations.

 

Foundation in Prayer

Prayer is as old as man, as universal as religion, and as instinctive as breathing. Genesis 4:26b “…At that time people began to call upon the Name of the Lord.”

It is practiced in some form by all people of all faiths. Prayer springs from the heart with a need – a need greater than a the average daily needs of life. A need to encounter the spiritual and supernatural side of life. Prayer is a person’s acknowledgement of a being higher than himself.

Most people try to pray, yet so few know how to connect with God in and through prayer. There appears to be two kinds of prayer: the prayer that does not reach God and the prayer that does reach God. Jesus illustrates this is the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican…  Read more

Bradly Bell

Thank you brother Ralph. Much was accomplished in the Kingdom of God in Southern Manitoba.

REACHING MATURITY

Let me get personal … Talk about your life

In the church today we have three kinds of people

The Bible speaks of all three and is very detailed, even graphic, in describing them

Natural man / person – not born again and living for and by the flesh

Carnal Christian – born again but living from the soul / mind, will, emotions

Mature Christian – born again and Spirit-filled being guided by the Holy Spirit

As a natural man … Read more

Identity

As Believers we need to know who we are “in Christ”

We have some understanding of being born again when Christ comes to live in us

The Holy Spirit comes to live inside our born again spirit (Romans 5:5)

That is: “Christ in us the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)

But the Bible states that we are also transported into the Kingdom of God and are now “in Christ” Read more

The Ministry of the Fivefold Pastor – Part Five

There is a difference between a fivefold ministry gift (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher) and the gift of Church government. For a fivefold pastor to lead a local church (yes, that can happen as all fivefold ministers must be part of a local church), he must have a governmental gift (Romans 12).

If he doesn’t have the governmental gift to lead, he can still be a fivefold pastor. It works this way: A fivefold pastor can be someone who carries all the ministry aspects of the fivefold pastor but does not have the desire or even the call and anointing to lead a local group of believers. He is an encourager, desires to see people healed, ministers healing to larger groups and trains others in the healing gifts. He may give oversight to small group leaders in his local home church setting even though he is not on the leadership team. He is an excellent one to nurture other developing gifts, bringing them to maturity.

In a family or network (union) of churches, he can sometimes give oversight to other leaders even through he is not in a governmental position within that family of churches. He would be functioning with a mixture of an apostolic gift as well in this setting. He may not have a governmental role in the family of churches but he can certainly express his gift within boundaries given to him by the overseers of the movement.

This gift of the fivefold pastor has been given by Jesus to His Church so that we do not become weak or wounded, weary or discouraged but instead whole and overcoming as the Lord intended us to be as the Body of Christ.

OUR MORAL STANDARDS

Today there are standards that we, as disciples of Jesus, are called to live by…

Jesus said:

Matthew 22:37-40 “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

These two commandments:

The Greatest Commandment to love God with your whole being

The Great Commandment to love your neighbour as you love yourself

These two commandments summarize the Ten Commandments  Read more