Purpose of this Session
Jesus Christ conducts His ministry on earth through His Body. This ministry is conducted according to the principles that He has laid down in His Word. When He gave the great commission to the Church, He did not say to just preach the gospel, but also to teach the nations to observe that which he had commanded, and to make disciples. It is for this purpose that God has given Teachers to the body of Christ, to compliment and work with other ministries and gifts to edify and develop the Body into an army of effective disciples who are equipped for the work of the ministry to a lost and dying world.
The ministry of the teacher is mentioned in all three New Testament listings of ministries in the Body of Christ:
Ephesians 4:11: “and He gave some…teachers.”
1 Cor 12:28-29: “God has set in the church…Thirdly, teachers...”
Romans 12:7: “He that teacheth…”
The chief Greek word used to describe a teacher in the New Testament is ‘didasko’ which means “to instruct”. The teacher will not only tell the believer (or at times the unbeliever) what they must do, but will demonstrate and instruct them how to do it. Sound doctrine and teaching leads to sound conduct and effectiveness in the things of God.
In the Old Testament an interesting word is used to describe the teacher. The word ‘yarah’ (#3384) is translated “direct, inform, instruct, lay, show, teach through”. Its primary meaning is “to flow as water or to rain”. The word of God is often likened to rain or dew (Deut 32:2; Isa 55:10-11).
The Word properly taught is fresh and alive, bringing new life and clarity. It washes the soul (Eph 5:26). This is contra wise to the perception that many have of the teacher as one who is dry and boring.
Proverbs 18:4 says:
“The words of a [discreet and wise] man’s mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].” (Proverbs 18:4 AMP)