The Sixth Task of the Teacher involves helping new Christians learn the discipline we need to live in community with each other. Part of making disciples involves finding a place to serve and be served by others as we nurture each other’s faith.

I. The Church

“The Church is the community of all true believers for all time.” (Wayne Grudem)

When we are making disciples, we need to help people understand the nature of the Church. Here are some points that people will need help developing a deeper understanding of.

#1. There is a world wide Church. (see Revelation 5:9-10)

Everyday God is gathering people of every nation into His Church. The invitation to receive grace to compensate for the corruption in our lives is open to everyone. The color of your skin will not keep you out or guarantee that you are in.

#2. There is a local Church.

God’s desire is to have a single Church in every city around the world.

A single Church in a single city will have a group of ministers overseeing the responsibilities of building and maintaining community among those who believe the Gospel and are learning obedience.

The False “Church System” Deception

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II. The Ministers of the Church

There are five ministry positions in the Church. When we are making disciples, we need to help new believers gain a deeper understanding of each position.

The names given to the five ministry positions are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers (see Ephesians 4:11-13). Here is a summary of how to introduce  each of these five ministry positions to new disciples in the local Church.

#1. The Apostle

The best way to introduce the ministry of the Apostle is to help people think carefully about how the New Testament uses the Greek noun “apostolos” and the Greek verb “apostello” to describe who the apostles are and what the apostles do.

If you want to take a closer look at this, I set up a page in our website to help you find where these two Greek words are used in the New Testament about people after the Day of Pentecost came.

You can find the page by clicking on the link below:

Concerning Apostles

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#2. The Prophet

The Prophet exists to let the Church know what God is planning to do with human history. The Prophet is allowed to know about things before they happen so that they can warn the Church.

In the New Testament, we are told that a prophet named Agabus warned the Church that a famine was coming so they could prepare for it in advance while an unbelieving world was taken by surprise (see Acts 11:28-29).

If you want to take a closer look at the ministry of the Prophet, I set up a page in our website full of free resources I found online to help you find more information.

You can find the page by clicking on the link below:

Concerning Prophets

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#3. The Evangelist

The Evangelist exists to invite people to believe the Gospel. This position requires us to talk to people outside the Church, and this position is available to men and women within a local Church.

The Evangelist is the only ministry that is given authority to perform baptism by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. This is the only ministry that exists outside of the local Church.

If you want to take a closer look at this, I set up a page in our website to help you find where I share resources about the work of the evangelist.

You can find the page by clicking on the link below:

Concerning Evangelists

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#4. The Pastor

The Pastor exists to maintain community. When people gather, conflict is inevitable and the Pastor has the responsibility to maintain peace, to heal wounded hearts and repair broken relationships.

If you want to take a closer look at what the Bible does and does not say about the ministry of the Pastor, I set up a page on this website where you can find more information.

You can find it by clicking on the link below:

Concerning Pastors

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#5. The Teacher

The Teacher exists to help people gain a deeper understanding of how to be obedient to God. The Holy Spirit uses men to teach men and women to teach women obedience.

The Teacher will normally be someone who has a passion for doing research.

Instead of making a page for the minister of the Teacher like I did for Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Pastors; I am going to add my thoughts on the ministry of the Teacher to the main page under the discipleship resources.

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Note: To those five ministry positions, we should also add information about Deacons and Church Members to lessons included in the discipleship process.

#6. Deacons

The Deacon exists to take care of the poor within the local Church. Their purpose is to make sure that all of the people who cannot provide for themselves are taken care of.

#7. Disciples

The average Christian is “lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” and to “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (2 Timothy 2:2, Hebrews 13:17 ESV)

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III. The Purity and Unity of the Church

The Ministers of the Church exist to maintain standards of personal holiness. The Disciples are people who are learning obedience to the standards of personal holiness set by Scripture.

The Ministers of the Church are not allowed to decide what is holy, they only have the authority to teach obedience to the personal standards of holiness required by cultural habits of an unbelieving world.

The Ministers of the local Church do not always succeed in this task. There have been times when the Church has fallen into a form of immorality that even people who worship Satan despised (see 2 Corinthians 5:1).

There have also been times when the concept of holiness was misunderstood and the local “Church” became unfaithful to God (see Galatians 1:6-7).

This can be avoided by nurturing faith, which is the goal of making disciples: we have to prepare the next generation of believers for the responsibility of continuing the ministry without our help and supervision.

Here is one of the best books I have found about the Purity and Unity of the Church:

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected  -     By: Nik Ripken, Gregg Lewis

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IV. The Means of Grace Within the Church

There are tools we have been given to nurture faith. The tools we are instructed to use have been called the means of grace within the Church. What exactly are we supposed to do to nurture faith in the discipleship process?

#1. Bible Teaching

We have to teach the Bible.

We are expected to preach to outsiders and teach insiders. The goal here is to prepare the next generation of believes to continue the work of the ministry without us. The New Testament assumes there will be persecution on a regular basis, so much that in order to obey the instructions we are given we have to assume the ministers of the Church will have to be replaced on a regular basis.

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#2. Believer’s Baptism

We have to watch Evangelists baptizing people.

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#3. Communion

We have to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

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#4. Prayer

We have to pray for the needs of others in the Local Church. We should also pray that other world religions present in our area would begin to lose support within our cities.

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#5. Worship

We have to participate in expressing with words how valuable God is to each other.

In places where Christianity is illegal, I have been told that the Church sits and whispers words of encouragement to each other.

In places where Christianity is able to be expressed openly the way the local Church expresses how valuable God is can look something like this:

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#6. Church Discipline

The grace of God is powerful enough to restrain our sinful behavior. Anyone who is unable to restrain the corruption in their hearts should be kicked out until they prove their repentance by their obedience.

Jesus explained the process in Matthew 18:15-20.

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#7. Giving

When someone volunteers to spend their time preaching and teaching instead of working for a living, the local Church is obligated to provide financial support for them in exchange for their time.

We should also provide financial resources for Deacons to share with the poor.

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IV. The Power of the Church

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of service; but the same Lord, and there are varieties, but the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” (2 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11 ESV)

“A spiritual gift is any ability that is empowered by the Holy Spirit and used in any ministry of the Church.” (Wayne Grudem)

When a local Church has learned obedience to everything I have described above, then the Holy Spirit will begin releasing His power to produce spiritual gifts in our lives.

The Presence of the Holy Spirit in a single person’s life can allow them to have access to all of the gifts. Everyone who has been born again can have all of the gifts and not be able to use them.

This is possible because people who have more experience with the missing gifts have not taught them the discipline involved in cooperating with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, which is why some of the gifts are missing within the Church today.

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Conclusion

It would be nice if each local Church had one person available to be an expert on these issues that I refer to as the Sixth Task of the Teacher. If you have read through the first Five tasks of the Teacher, then you should have an idea of what I am suggesting here.

Pray for insight into how the Church in your area can begin to do this.

If you want to begin working on the Sixth Task of the Teacher, the information in chapters 44 through 53 will help you. I also want to recommend a book.

The book looks like this:

“The Insanity of Obedience” by Nik Ripken

The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places  -     By: Nik Ripken, Barry Stricker