FIVE FOLD MINISTRY EXPLAINED - DEFINITIONS [5.]
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM/FUNCTION
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Meets mental needs
*** Clarifying truth for the purposes of indoctrination in God's Word and His commandments. Believers can mistake impartation of information as ‘teaching’. Unless truth is being ‘clarified’, no teaching is taking place.
They have the ability to impart knowledge, and lead others into revealed truth. Teachers are indispensable to the Body of Christ, as they provide the ammunition with which the other ministries can wage their war against evil with greater success. [Acts 18:27] Theirs is very much a ministry of `watering' rather than `planting'. [1 Corinthians 3:6]
Has the motivation to search out and validate truth that has been presented.
Teachers love to read and study and place great emphasis on the accuracy of facts and words. Described as being `logios' which means `given to words, learned or eloquent' [Acts 18:24] They enjoy research, and get more joy in doing the research than in giving the material; and use it to validate truth and to test the material that is being presented. The teachers’ normal position is with his nose in a book. The calling on his life will cause him to study 80% of his time. They would rather be in their books than with people in their free time.
They see empty heads to fill, and love presenting truth in a systemic way; and will avoid using non-biblical illustrations, and will resist scripture taken out of context.
People will remember the teaching of a teacher, and even if they don't like it; it will be written on the persons heart and mind by the Holy Spirit. Teachers have the gift of grace that helps its possessors to understand the teaching of God's Word, and to discern His purposes, and thus this equips them to instruct His people in doctrinal matters. They will teach sound doctrine that will release the working of God, when people act on what they hear. Teachers are able to help as they are able to see inaccuracies of statements, and conclusions that have been made; but they must not appear to lack warmth and feeling when they speak.