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The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian Education

Chukwuemeka Chinedu is an ongoing Student Pastor at Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho, with BSc in Economics.

What is Christian Education

Christian Education can be defined as the teachings and organized learning the structure of knowledge and lessons made available and offered to the student or learner about Jesus Christ and his way of life and the relationship in fellowship with God and the Church, to nurture the student to be like Jesus Christ. The Bible, therefore, by the power of the Holy Spirit is used as a primary instrument of training disciples.

Many local churches lack proper educational administration of the Christian faith; therefore, they cannot impact the correct sound doctrines of the Christian faith in the lives of the members of their local churches. In one of Pastor Zac Poonens teachings, Pastor of CFC India (Christian Fellowship Church), he explained who exactly is a Christian from the scriptures: according to Acts 11:26, the last sentence, and It reads: "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."

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They read, study and know more about the Bible, but better to know more about the author of the Bible.

— William Marrion Branham

The Activity of the Holy Spirit in the Teaching and Training Ministry of a Local Church.

It is the Holy Spirit that governs the Church. As an intermediary, he governs every member of any local Church to Christ Jesus. He oversees the Christian education of all the members of the Church, even the pastor, superintendent, teachers and every other member of any local church. The Holy Spirit governing and teaching ministry plays a vital role in the Pastor/Christian Educator, a convert, and the unbeliever. Furthermore, these vital roles are discussed elaborately below:

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The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Pastor/Christian Educator:

God called the pastor to function and operate in the pastor's office, i.e., watch and pastor over a local church and teach to make disciples of Christ unto salvation. The pastor is a soldier and servant of God. This physical representation bears the image of Jesus Christ, and most importantly, a minister of the word of God, under the governance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills the pastor personally before He goes out to deliver and teach what he has received from God. The pastor must have gone through a period of special training from the governance of the Holy Spirit, equipped and given a local Church. However, this training is intimate between the pastor and the Holy Spirit.

Furthermore, by reading the Bible consistently, the Holy Spirit gives the Pastor spiritual gifts, reveals and teaches mysteries to the pastor, to approve him for a pastoring and teaching ministry in the Church. Moreover, this is according to the scripture, 2 Timothy 2:15. The Holy Spirit also disciplines the pastor; yes, there are times the pastor is supposed to be humble and subject to trials or tests, chastening the pastor to have godly fear, teach sound teachings of God's word, and not his word to please men.

The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Convert

The Holy Spirit plays a vital role in the life of a convert. He is mainly teaching and directing a convert to the path of righteousness, in becoming a disciple more like Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit does this by forming a right learning spirit in him to understand God's word. By listening to the teacher of Christian Education, the Holy Spirit does the necessary work right from the start of the teachings by assisting the pastor or teacher to interpret relational truths to the convert, thereby transforming the convert through gradual spiritual growth and developmental stages in becoming a disciple. When the converts leave the physical pastor's presence and return home, the Holy Spirit still performs a unique role in teaching the convert, reminding him of all he has been taught. The Holy Spirit gives fundamental Christian teachings, as the convert reads his Bible consistently.

The Role of the Holy Spirit to the Unbeliever

One might be saying: what concerns the unbeliever with the Church, talk more of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has a vital role in the lost, the blind and unbelievers, concerning Christian Education. He plays a vital role to convict sinners. The ministry of convicting souls is a significant area of the governing and teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit that saves souls and win them to God as converts, thereby increasing the Church. According to John 16:8, It explains: that Holy Spirit will primarily reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. From this scripture, the Holy Spirit is in the ministry of strongly rebuking sin away from the heart of a sinner by convicting him, not condemning the unbelieving. Conviction and condemnation are different in meaning. Conviction is the arrest of one's soul by saving someone from deceit, convincing him remorseful of his wicked ways, to save the person. The Holy Spirit convicts an unbeliever. Condemnation is a state of guilt concerning offences committed, bringing the offender with the feeling of rejection and regrets to judgement and punishment. Therefore Pastors/Christian Educators need to be careful with their preaching and teachings not to condemn anyone, especially unbelievers. Nonchalant teaching and preaching can also indicate whether the Holy Spirit has been acknowledged and invited in the teaching ministry of that particular teaching platform. This careless teaching and preaching results in the unbeliever feel condemned because of the message and not inviting the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, if anybody's teaching and preaching results in an unbeliever convicted by the word of God, invited the Holy Spirit. Discerning the Holy Spirit's workings is a spiritual experience; therefore, a convicted sinner might still go home without repenting, but nobody can know this, except God reveals it.

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