CHRISTIAN TEACHERS

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LESSON TWENTY-TWO Sunday, 31st January 2016

THE MINISTRY OF THE TEACHER

MEMORY VERSE:The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:” – John 3:2a

BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 5: 12-14

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

INTRODUCTION: Teaching is a leadership gift. The Greek word” didaskalos” meaning ‘master’ is used to connote a teacher in the scriptures. Jesus was given this description in John 3:2. Hence, a teacher is a specially called person that imparts instruction and communicates the knowledge of the word of God effectively as if he is the author of the Bible (Romans 12:7; 1Corinthians 12:29; Ephesians 4:11).

—– LESSON OUTLINES —–

1. THE MARKS OF A TRUE TEACHER
2. THE NEED FOR TRUE TEACHERS IN THE CHURCH

THE MARKS OF A TRUE TEACHER

1. A true teacher is a custodian (keeper) of the kingdom’s most valued treasure -The Word of God. He is expected to acquire and be possessed with the WORD (1 Timothy 4: 16, Deuteronomy 6:8-9).
2. A true teacher has divine understanding and wisdom of God to impart sound doctrine (Colossians 1:27-28; Matthew 13:54).
3. A true teacher does not teach man’s wisdom but mysteries obtained by the revelation of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13;
Ephesians 1: 17).
4. A true teacher illuminates scriptures with a lot of revelations and truth discoveries. He is a Bible scientist who discovers and makes clear hidden truth and latent power behind the word of God (Matthew 7:28-29).
5. A true teacher lives what he teaches. Teaching involves training and making of disciples – (Romans 2:21-?2; 2Thess. 3:7; 2Timothy 2:2).

THE NEED FOR TRUE TEACHERS IN THE CHURCH

Jesus commanded the apostles to teach (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:24:). The church today needs true teachers for the following reasons:

1. To impart the knowledge of truth needed to keep us from spiritual destruction – Hosea 4:6.
2. To learn and understand how to live the life of the kingdom of God after salvation – (Matthew 28:19-20; Exodus 18:20).
3. To build believers into the full image of their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13; Colossians 1:28).
4. To defend the Christian ideals as enunciated in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lodge intellectual attack on the heresies that emanate from such learning that exclude God (2 Corinthians 13:8; Galatians 1:8; Titus 1:9).
5. To produce Christian workers and ministers for the manpower needs of the Church (2 Timothy 2:2).

CONCLUSION – The teacher is an honoured spiritual office but all teachers must be careful to live what they teach as they shall be liable to stricter judgement – James 3:1. All matured believers are to be involved in teaching (Hebrews 5:12).

QUESTIONS

1. List the marks of a true teacher.
2. Teaching with human wisdom gives only the letters. What is the implication of this to the hearer?

Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit

o MONDAY:John 3:2 – Jesus Christ is the true teacher who declares only the mind, will and counsel of God for our salvation.
o TUESDAY:John 20:19 -When you are in fear due to situations around you, Jesus is close enough to whisper peace to your soul.
o WEDNESDAY: Matthew 5:19 – Teachers who live and teach the truth are great in the kingdom of God.
o THURSDAY: Exodus 4:15 – God is willing to teach you what to speak and do each time you lean upon Him.
o FRIDAY: Deuteronomy 6:7 – A godly child is well taught by parents and godly parents teach well their children the things of God.
o SATURDAY: 1 Samuel 12:23 – Godly teachers always pray for those they are teaching for the seed of the word to be productive in them.
o SUNDAY: Psalm 25:2 – Those that fear God have the great privilege of being taught the right way to follow.

PASTORAL MINISTRY

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LESSON TWENTY-ONE Sunday 24th January 2016

THE MINISTRY OF THE PASTOR

MEMORY VERSE: “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. “ 1 Peter 5:2-3

BIBLE PASSAGE: John 10: 1-8

1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

INTRODUCTION: The call to be a Pastor is so important that not just anyone can take up the office. God promises His people in Jeremiah 3: 15 – “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. Jesus is our best example of a Pastor. Hebrews 13:20; John 10:14.

—- LESSON OUTLINE —-

1. WHO IS A PASTOR?
2. THE PORTRAIT OF A PASTOR WHO IS A PASTOR?

The Hebrew and Greek words translated ‘pastor’ in the scriptures are ‘ra’ah’ and ‘poimen’ respectively meaning ‘shepherd’. The calling of a pastor is that of a ‘shepherd’: to tend, feed and guard the sheep or flock of God.

There are three categories of Shepherds: the sheep keepers (John 10:1-4), the sheep eaters (Jeremiah 12:10) and the sheep scatterers (Jeremiah 23:1-2). A pastor is an overseer of a number of God’s people. Pastors are church leaders called by God to take long-term responsibility for the spiritual needs and welfare of a body of believers. They give proper attention to people and are accessible to the sheep. They do a lot of counselling, praying and restoration of lost souls (Jeremiah 3:15).

THE PORTRAIT OF A PASTOR

A pastor is known by the following characteristics:

1. Called by God and not someone seeking honour, respect, self-comfort etc. (1 Corinthians 12: 28; 1 Peter 5:2).
2. Have a personal encounter with God and a good knowledge of God’s word (Jeremiah 2:8, 3:15).
3. Compassionate and tender-hearted (Mark 6:34; Matthew 14:14).
4. Have a relationship with the sheep (John 10:3,5).
5. Places high value on the soul of man – (John 10:9-13).
6. Visits, feeds, restores, and protects the sheep – (Jeremiah 23:2; Ezekiel 34:12-16).
7. Good example for the sheep. He leads and lives by example (Titus 2:7; 1Timothy 3:1-7).

CONCLUSION

Pastors are accountable to God for the very ways they handle the sheep. Good pastors always seek God’s face for the flock. The flock must be fed with green pastures i.e. sound doctrines to keep them spiritually healthy (Acts 20:28).

QUESTIONS

1. Who is a pastor?
2. What qualities distinguish a good pastor?

Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit

o MONDAY: Matthew 25:32 – No unsaved soul shall be numbered with the saints on the last day. Please, count me worthy, 0 Lord.
o TUESDAY: Mark 14:27′:’ The great Shepherd of our souls is able to keep our pastors from the rod of the evil one in order to keep the flock secure.
o WEDNESDAY: 1 Peter 5:4 – All faithful pastors shall be honoured with the crown of glory when the Lord shall come.
o THURSDAY: Matthew 25:44 – Services done to the flock of Christ are also done to the Lord Himself who shall reward accordingly.
o FRIDAY: Matthew 10:43 – The ministry of a shepherd is that of a servant. Anyone who is not ready to serve will not succeed as a pastor.
o SATURDAY: Ephesians 3:7 – The gift of the grace of God is what made us what we are and not of any personal merit.
o SUNDAY: 1 Peter 4:10 – We are called to minister to one another in one capacity or the other.

STOP CRYING!

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
MONDAY JANUARY 18 2016.
THEME: WEEP NOT: A DIVINE
COMMAND.
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MEMORISE : Rejoice evermore
1 THESSALONIANS 5 : 16.
READ : LUKE 7 : 12 – 15 :
12 Now when he came nigh to the
gate of the city, behold, there was a
dead man carried out, the only son of
his mother, and she was a widow: and
much people of the city was with her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had
compassion on her, and said unto
her, weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier:
and they that bare him stood still.
And he said, Young man, I say unto
thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and
began to speak. And he delivered him
to his mother.

Message:
At times, children of God lose the
import of God’s command, which
invariably is for our good if we do not
take it as a suggestion but as a
command. Positively, one of such
commands is one of the shortest
verses in the New Testament; “Rejoice
evermore.”
In today’s Bible reading, we were
given a command; “Weep Not”. This
command is easier read than obeyed,
but then, it should be obeyed. A
widow lost her only son and Jesus
Christ commanded her not to weep!
This command came before the action
that justified it in that situation. To
someone reading this devotional,
Jesus is telling you; “weep not”
because He will intervene in that
situation which is causing you to
weep. One terrible thing about
weeping is that it does not solve the
problem at hand. So, why engage in
what will not change the situation?
Once again I say, “Weep not”. Jesus
Christ who asks you not to weep
knows what He is going to do about
that situation, like in the case of the
widow of Nain. The Bible says that
Jesus came and touched the coffin
that was bearing the dead young man
and commanded life to come back to
the lifeless body. Death then
immediately released the soul of the
young man at the command of the
One whose Name is the Resurrection
and the Life.
Weeping could be very detrimental to
those who indulged in it. Apart from
being a deviant behaviour against a
divine command, it blurs your vision
and reasoning. Also, weeping,
particularly when God has spoken
against it, is an indirect way of
protesting against God’s word. It is
equal to murmuring which is also
rebellious. The Bible assuredly says :
“Weeping may endure for a night; but
joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms
30 : 5.
Blessed are we, if we believe this
scripture. In addition, the Bible says
that weeping blurred Mary
Magdalene’s vision on the
resurrection morning so much that
she mistook Jesus Christ for a
gardener!
“Jesus said unto her, Woman, why
weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
She, supposing Him to be the
gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou
have borne Him hence, tell me where
thou hast laid Him, and I will take
Him away.” John 20 : 15.
An antidote for weeping is the reading
of God’s Word concerning His
promises to us in time of trouble.
Another one is high praises to God
who specializes in reversing the
irreversible. The Bible says that when
David was distressed at Ziglag
because his wives and children had
been taken away by raiders, he
appealed to God for consolation, and
he was not only consoled, but was
also assured of the reversal of the
unpleasant situation. Beloved, trust
the Lord for the reversal of that
seemingly unpleasant situation in
your life and that of your loved ones
and you will laugh last.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, please wipe away all tears
from my eyes by removing those
situations that cause me to weep
today.

AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.

HYMN:
What a friend we have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee
thou wilt find a solace there.

WHO IS AN EVANGELIST?

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LESSON TWENTY Sunday, 17th January 2016

THE MINISTRY OF THE EVANGELIST

MEMORY VERSE: “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make fulf proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5

BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 8:4-13

4  Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies and that were lame, were healed
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed from the least to the greatest, saying This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and wondered beholding the miracles and signs which were done

INTRODUCTION: The Greek word “euangelistes” translated evangelist means one who announces or spreads the good news of God’s kingdom. Evangelislists are mobile ministers (Acts 21 :8). They carry the gospel to places where it was not known before (Acts 8:4,40).

LESSON OUTLINES—-

1. SOME ARE CALLED AND GIFTED TO BE EVANGELISTS
2. PHILIP – THE PATTERN OF AN EVANGELIST

SOME ARE CALLED AND GIFTED TO BE EVANGELISTS

The assignment of preaching the gospel is for all believers (Mark 16:15). All believers must do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5). In fact, many of the apostles work as evangelists (Acts 8:4) but some are specially endowed with the ministry gift and are called to be evangelists. God Himself is an evangelist. Jesus Christ, Paul, Timothy and the writers of the four synoptic gospels are also examples. Phillips had the ministry gift of an evangelist.

PHILIP – THE PATTERN OF AN EVANGELIST

Phillip was one of the seven deacons chosen by the church at Jerusalem (Acts 6:2-5). His life is an example of someone called to be an evangelist. The apostles heard of his work and sent Peter and John to come and help him (Acts 8:5-14). Phillips moved from place to place preaching with power. He was the first to preach to the Gentiles in Samaria. The eunuch of Ethiopia was converted on the way to Gaza through him (Acts 8:26-39) and he preached also in Azotus through all the cities to Caesarea (Acts 8:40). He had a good understanding of the word (Acts 8:35). He accommodated Apostle Paul about nineteen years later at Caesarea (Acts 21 :8). His ministry was confirmed with signs and wonders (Acts 8: 13).

CONCLUSION

The evangelist is an itinerant preacher who does not have the apostolic calling or authority.

QUESTIONS

1. The preaching of the gospel is not reserved for the evangelist alone. Explain.
2. Phillip, the evangelist could be called the forerunner of Paul the apostle. Explain.

Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit

o MONDAY: Acts 6:3 – God is still in need of the faithful ones who are full of the Holy Spirit to appoint over His business.
o TUESDAY: Isaiah 2:2·4 – The ministry of proclaiming the peace of God coming upon the nations is the duty of the evangelist.
o WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 52:7 – God has blessed the feet of everyone who goes about preaching the good news. Join them.
o THURSDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:16 – The believer who does not preach the gospel will have a case to answer with God on the day of judgement.
o FRIDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:18 – The gospel is not means for personal enrichment in material things or else the grace of the benefits of preaching becomes abused.

o SATURDAY: Galatians 1:8·9 – There is no other gospel of salvation other than the truth preached in Christ Jesus.
o SUNDAY: Hebrews 4:2 – The gospel of Christ is profitable to everyone who receives it by faith.