Our study today brings us to the final pillar in the foundation of the church
Pastors and Teachers
While many Pastors ar teachers not all teachers are Pastors
In the Biblical Holy land, the dryness of the ground made it necessary for flocks of sheep and cattle to move about during the dry season and stay in isolated areas far from the safety of the masters dwelling!
It was a serious job in view of threats of wild beasts, robbers, invaders.
At times the owner himself performed the job
Many times hired hands
Already we can see the relationship of the Christian to his Master!
We are all far alway from the Master’s property
The sheep need feed, protected, cared for, for we are all presently far from our Master’s property grazing in hostile territory
So God has appointed men to watch over the flock of his people protecting them from ravenous wolves attempting to attack them
The description of Satan
Enter the teacher!
Here we find those with the gift of dissection and presentation!
The job of the Shepherd is not an easy one, it involves danger, commitment, sacrifice, and hard work
Sheep can be mean, dirty, obstinate, stubborn and strong-willed
But just as the Good Shepard love us, the Pastor loves those given into his care
The teacher - literally “school master” to whom the young are entrusted for elementary teachiung
One who has progressed to a mastery level of his specific craft
It implies a systematic instruction developing skills already present leading to mastery through practice and performance
To each of us is given a measure of faith - that faith can be developed through study and application of the principles of the Word of God
“The stress falls solely and simply on the presence of systematic instruction or on its effects.”
Socrates said “My aim is to draw the whole man out of an existence which was primarily intellectual and to prepare him for consciously moral action”
He totally rejected pure intellectualism!
He refused to be called “teacher” knowing that it wasn’t his job to reproduce himself and his beliefs but to point the way to morality without which intellectualism is an “empty basket”
Intellectualism did not drive morality!
Morality drove intellectualism!
Socrates knew that life was more than the some of man’s intellectual exercises!
He just didn’t know the author of life!
The teachers job is to take the seeds of faith planted in our hearts and water them with His Word so that they grow and produce fruit for the Kingdom!
The fruit we are talking about is the practice of the gifts God has placed within you!