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Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Part 13- Teachers, Helps, Governments, Evangelists

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March 13th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Gifts Ministries and Operations, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

The ministries of the teacher, helps, governments, evangelists.

By Larry Groenewald
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Ministries are spiritual gifts from ‘the same Lord’ (1Cor 12:5) and are
given to “some” for the perfecting (maturing) of the saints and for the
edifying of the body (please read the role of overseers or leaders in the
church at this link: Women in the Body Part 9

1Co 12:28 (MKJV) And God set some in the church, firstly,
apostles; secondly, prophets; thirdly, teachers, then works of
power, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, kinds of

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and
some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers

The ministry of teachers

“…and thirdly, teachers…” The ministry of a teacher is given to the body
of Christ for continual instruction in the truth and doctrine of Jesus Christ
found in God’s Word. There are some who think that “no man can teach
you” negates the teacher as an important ministry in the body. The
word “man” in the next verse refers to carnal men who want to “have
dominion over” our faith, of whom Jesus warned us:

1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth
in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same
anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and
even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are
helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Mat 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the
councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues.

Yes, God gives teachers that are “apt to teach”, along with the other
ministries to His body:

1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one
wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle
unto all men, apt to teach, patient.

The ministry of a teacher is given to those who are “approved unto God”
and skilled to rightly divide the word of truth:

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This ministry are for those who have been matured in the strong meat of
the word of God by which they live as an example to those around them
to discern good (doctrine) from evil (doctrine):

Heb 5:14 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.

However, one warning is important to note:

Jas 3:1 My brothers, do not be many teachers, knowing that
we shall receive the greater condemnation (a more intensified
judgement process).


The ministry of helps

The Greek word here is “antilepsis” and it appears only once in the
New Testament here in 1Corinthians 12:28. This Greek word means “to
relief”, “to succour”or “to participate”. This ministry is given to some to
enhance and expand ministries and give support to others:

Rom 16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

Aquila and his wife Priscilla are mentioned by Paul as his “helpers in
Christ Jesus”. This couple were also “helpers in Christ Jesus” to Apollos,
for example, when he only knew “the way of the Lord, and… the baptism
of John”. Their help enabled Apollos to help others more effectively in
his later ministry, even as an apostle:

Act 18:24-28 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at
Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures, came
to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and
being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things
of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to
speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla
had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the
way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass
into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive
him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had
believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and
that publicly, shewing by the Scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Aquila and Priscilla served Jesus Christ when they helped Apollos, Paul
and others:

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

This is not to place burdens (of guilt) on others, but helpers of joy:

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are
helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.


The ministry of governments

The Greek word in 1 Corinthians 12:28 for the English
word “governments” is “kubernesis” and this is the meaning according to
Dr. James Strong:

“Latin origin, to steer; pilotage, that is (figuratively) directorship (in
the church)”.

This ministry has to do with helping others to steer away from dangerous
doctrinal areas (for example false doctrines and spiritual “grievous
wolves”) by giving spiritual advice and being “examples to the flock”.
This includes the leadership roles of an elder / shepherd / pastor (same
spiritual office):

1Pe 5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a
witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory
that is going to be revealed:

1Pe 5:2 shepherd [G4165: “poimainō” from G4166: “poimēn” =
pastor (Eph 4:11)] the flock of God that is among you, exercising
oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have
you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
1Pe 5:3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being
examples to the flock.

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers,
to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own
Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.


The ministry of an evangelist

An evangelist preaches Christ and His one true doctrine which will
cause “unclean spirits” (that is false doctrines) to “come out” to start the
process of spiritual healing in a person. Here is an example:

Act 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and
preached Christ unto them.
Act 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those
things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which
he did.
Act 8:7 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.

This ministry unashamedly proclaims and demonstrates the power of the
gospel (good tidings) of Jesus Christ – for all in their “own order” (1Cor

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the
Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1Ti 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach,
because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men,
specially of those that believe.


The ministries of works of power,

gifts of healings and

kinds of languages

Although these three were mentioned already and discussed under the
general gifts of the spirit, they are also included in 1Corinthians 12:28 as
ministries in leadership (“overseers”) in the church. To read more about
these three ministries, use the links below:

Works of power:

Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Part 7

Gifts of healings:

Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Part 6

Kinds of languages:

Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Part 9


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