Our Church Part 210 September 2017
From v6, it says that Paul, a leader can bring ‘profit’ or benefit to the church four ways: by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, and by teaching. This is the focus of our study today. Examining each relevant issue in detail enables clarity to expand our thinking about the importance of these four crucial building blocks of church life.
It’s used in the same concept as God’s Word or truth becoming suddenly clear and understandable, when previously it was not. You see something you didn’t see before.
This concept can be abused when believers don’t apply criteria or measure to gauge revelation by. It’s important to remember that revelation does not add to the Bible, and it must be consistent with teaching from the Word of God.
It is what the teacher has learned through study and experience that are passed on to help other believers. It’s a kind of “knowing” that is shared in support of revelational happenings in the heart. Example would be Jesus “needing” to pass by Samaria to meet the woman at the well (John 4). It’s about the heart of God to touch a woman in need.
From 14:3 it’s to speak edification, exhortation and comfort to others.
- It’s not speculating about the future
- It’s to edify = build up others in faith
- It’s to exhort = stir up others to good works
- It’s to comfort = lift up others in courage
- Teaching (Titus 2:1)
- It’s to set forth the truth systematically, for instructing others
- Designed to release the power of God’s truth into believer’s life
Conclusion / Our Application
- The role of leaders is to communicate revelation, knowledge, prophecy and teaching to individuals and the Body of Christ
- It’s goal is to edify believers, so they are empowered