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The fivefold ministries in relation to the church members

Mar 02, 2017

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They are appointed “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry” and, then Paul adds, “for the edifying of the body of Christ”. (Ephesians 4:11-12) So it’s not a final goal to have a pastor in the pulpit who does his “job” for his listeners. That’s not the raison why we have churches. The teaching and ministry people receive is to bring them also into the ministry. This is why a church doesn’t need a church-vision, but an apostolic-vision: reaching the world and edifying the Church, as a whole world wide. This is a mission minded Church, and that’s what we really need again in Europe.
Many people say to me: “What ministry? I don’t have a ministry!” Well, what about “the ministry of reconciliation”? (2 Corinthians 5:18) All the fivefold ministries are defined in the ministry of reconciliation. Why is this so? Because Christ came to reconcile us with the Father. He came as The Apostle who was send. He came also as The Prophet, The Evangelist, The Shepherd and The Teacher; who lives now in each one of us. Therefore, all the aspects of the fivefold ministries are potentially in each one us: Christ wants to be manifested through us to His children and to the world. He wants to use you! Now, He doesn’t want to use you only by the means of some spiritual gifts. The spiritual gifs don’t say anything about you! They reflect the character of the Spirit. Jesus is also desiring to transform our character into His likeness…. even to the point He would be able to set us apart as a minister for Him. (Acts 13:2)
I believe more ministries will raise up when believers desire to see more of the ministry of reconciliation in their lives. It’s not about us, but about people who need a personal relationship with Christ. Is it not truth that each minister was evangelized one day by somebody who thought he or she needed to be reconciled with God? Were we not all once just church members or just youth group members? Didn’t we receive teaching, training and support from other Christians as we stepped out for the first time in evangelism, in giving a testimony, in leading worship or in giving a bible study?
Let us thank the Lord for the ministries given for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Thank You Jesus!