"Class Is In Session"
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (5-9)(KJV)
We're moving into a dispensation of time where the people of God are in competition with one another
-Want to outpreach, outprophesy, outexpound, outteach
-Disguised as an opportunity to grow the church
*Divide and conquer
Everyone wants to be deep and powerful
Everyone wants to draw a crowd, but who's doing the work to keep them
Who's taking the time to lay the roots?
Who's working with their leaders to draw to God and the kingdom instead of themselves?
We're undercutting true leadership in our own efforts to be great
-God called ME
-Plucking up the seed before it gets any roots
-Offended when people don't receive us like it's OUR Word
-Take it personal when we're just the mouthpiece
Apollos: A Jew (Acts 18:24)
-meaning: "One who destroys/destroyer"
-Studies show he was a teacher
(Ended up being a part of the class and not the notes LOL)
2 different types of teacher (Office of teacher)
Instructor: Brings practical application to the lesson to help to understand
Trainer: First partaker of the programs they prescribe
"The Teaching Ministry: An Introduction to The Teaching Office and Gift" by Roderick L. Evans"
(Back to formal notes LOL)
Apollos made his life's work to teach the Words of Christ as the Messiah
-Didn't back down
*Probably too aggressive at first
Didn’t even know the extent of the work of the Messiah at first
-teachings of John the Baptist
Priscilla and Aquilla
-Took the time to teach him the rest of the work
The made sure he knew the extent of what he was teaching
-only so much that John the Baptist could teach/preach on
Acts 18:27-28 (KVJ and NIV)
He spoke so accurately and boldly, that it established his reputation was established
-people spoke on his behalf
He boldly "refuted" the very people he came from
-He didn't just proclaim Jesus, he showed them, in the Word, where the information was
-He studied to SHOW
Can't ask God to put you on a platform when you didn't do the work to build the foundation that the platform sits on
It's easy to preach and get someone excited
-Teach the people something
Difference between Paul and Apollos
-Paul was great in his own right
-without the work of Apollos, he wouldn't have been as effective
5 Fold ministry
-Teachers are the foundation
-typically the least desired office/call
"I planted, Apollos watered"
-Paul acknowledged that the conjoined efforts of their ministries made the impact
Seed planting gets them in the door
-the watering establishes the roots
In order to stet the stage properly, we have to study and know what we're saying
Fallow ground isn't attitude and disposition
Fallow ground -> incorrect teaching
NIV calls it "Unplowed ground"
AMP calls it "uncultivated ground"
Message says "till the ready earth"
When ground is tilled, it's literally flipped
-fresh soil on top
Fresh soil cultivates life and growth
The Word gives repetitive requests and admonitions to get into His Word
-Study to show
-Feed My sheep
He wants us to understand the vitality of His Word
-All of it
-Exactly as it's written
Word is a contractual agreement
-Contract in court
Can't paraphrase to fit our case
-verbatim is the stipulated clause
Class action suits
-Take info at face value
-Don't try to reinterpret
His Word governs how He moves
When you don't study it and misquote it, you nullify it
The very scripture that gives warning to this is the very one that is so often misquoted
"Try the spirits by the spirit"
-Not what it says
1 John 4:1
"...try the spirits, whether they are of God"
-no version says it the other way
References scriptures to this
-Don't become dogmatic because you know
"With lovingkindness have I drawn thee" (Jeremiah 31:3)
-that’s what they brought to each other (Paul and Apollos)
Each role is imperative
-Can't plant and expect a dry seed to grow
-Can't water a seed that's not planted and expect it to grow
Kingdom building is a collaborative effort