GOD'S INTENTION FOR MINISTRY
Ephesians 1:17 I always pray to the great and glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that he will give you the Spirit, who will let you know truths about God and help you understand them, so that you will know him better.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.
Ephesians 1:19 And you will know that God's power is very great for us who believe. It is the same as the mighty power
Ephesians 1:20 he used to raise Christ from death and put him at his right side in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:21 He put Christ over all rulers, authorities, powers, and kings. He gave him authority over everything that has power in this world or in the next world.
Ephesians 1:22 God put everything under Christ's power and made him head over everything for the church.
Ephesians 1:23 The church is Christ's body. It is filled with him. He makes everything complete in every way.
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GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION OF
AT THE PRESENT TIME
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH
LITTLE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM
REVEREND, PASTOR, POPE, CARDINAL,
ARCHBISHOP, BISHOP, FATHER,
TO MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY, MANY,
AN EXPERIENCE OF GOD ESSENTIALLY ONLY
THROUGH THE PEOPLE LISTED ABOVE
YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE MINIMAL!!!!
five-fold ministry is a gift of Jesus to the church [Ephesians
for the purpose of: -
reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devils work'
1 John 3:8b.
There are five different anointings, and when they flow properly there will be order in the local church. If the local church does not recognize and apply the anointings, the church will not be edified. In fact, if the subject is well considered; it is in fact impossible to institute in a Church with the above structure. There is an inherent flaw in the above structure as it contains the possibility of `I will set myself above'!
`Behold how good and pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell in unity. It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down the beard.'
only structure possible to institute the Five-fold ministry is one
where God the Father gives direction,
God the Son administrates,
God the Holy Spirit provides the anointing to accomplish the Wwork
directly to and through the believers and ministries.
When there is mutuality of flow in inspiration, and where events etc., are confirmed on the `church ground', it is clearly evident that the Hand of God is guiding everything.
early church had the full five-fold ministry operating and started
off with Apostles trained by Jesus.
Acts 1:2 until the day he was carried up into heaven. Before he went, he talked to the apostles he had chosen. With the help of the Holy Spirit, he told them what they should do.
Acts 1:3 This was after his death, but he showed them that he was alive, proving it to them in many ways. The apostles saw Jesus many times during the 40 days after he was raised from death. He spoke to them about God's kingdom.
Acts 1:4 One time when Jesus was eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, "Wait here until you receive what the Father promised to send. Remember, I told you about it before.
Acts 1:5 John baptized people with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
Acts 1:6 The apostles were all together. They asked Jesus, "Lord, is this the time for you to give the people of Israel their kingdom again?"
Acts 1:7 Jesus said to them, "The Father is the only one who has the authority to decide dates and times. They are not for you to know.
Acts 1:8 But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me--in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world."
Acts 1:9 After Jesus said this, he was lifted up into the sky. While they were watching, he went into a cloud, and they could not see him.
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In the course of time the old problems of `religions' crept in: -
* Mind set from the past
There is a resistance in people to restoration of God's direct contact with His people. New truths and revelations of God always challenge the old order; people become comfortable in the old order and resist change.
* Natural ability
This has been relied on in ministering to people e.g. oratory ability, resulting in preaching etc. little above the level of philosophy, recycling the same material over and over again. God has been and is now moving the church into a new dimension of ministry with signs and wonders. Total obedience and dependence on the working of the Holy Spirit has and will result in great rewards in this move.
* Position consciousness
The church structure has been built by men to be more rewarding at the top. A ladder of success has often resulted in competition and wrong motivation. Pride of place or position has caused men to be raised up to be seen as small gods. Jesus said `If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all. [Mark 9:35.] Thus it is all about responsibility and function in the church not status.
The system of voting for a new pastor results in division among the church believers, even before the minister arrives.
The Apostle, according to the scripture, is anointed by God to raise up leadership in the local church. In the past, on many occasions, people have set themselves above the flock without meeting the needs of the people. People have been impressed by intellectual knowledge of the scripture `theology’, rather than life given power released by the Holy Spirit upon preaching of the word.
The church is moving into a new dimension of team ministry where the five-fold ministry flows together as a team, with the supportive ministries joining in. Spiritual growth of the saints can reach the proportions of Christhood according to the word of God, in this environment.
Thus there will also be less burden and pressure on the leadership; with all believers getting the opportunity to move into leadership as they `earn their stripes'.--- `Faithful in a few, faithful in many.`
For the sake of clarity let's have some definitions so that we are talking the same language.
* Is the combination of inborn traits that sub-consciously affect man's behavior.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
* Is the result of your natural temperament, `modified' by childhood training, education, beliefs, principles and others basic attitudes or motivations.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope.
* The outward expression of ourselves, which may or may not be the same as our character depending on how genuine we are.
Evident in various biblical personalities.
* Ministry of practical service in love.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
SPIRITUAL MOTIVATIONAL GIFTING
* Motivational ministry of practical service in love.
There are different kinds of working, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
* The evidence of the spiritual illumination of the Spirit in love for good and profit.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:7,etc.
GOD'S INTENTION FOR PEOPLE
YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE MAXIMUM
GOD'S INTENTION FOR MINISTRY
THUS GOD AND MAN SERVED IN MINISTRY
Without five-fold ministry it is impossible for spiritually mature elders, deacons and believers to be raised up in the Church Body. Raised up by the function of the five-fold ministry, these people are far more effective, and as the church becomes more mature, the saints will take God's Love through ministry to the world.
Five-fold ministry will also solve another problem of lack of identity and passivity in the local church and the Body of Christ.
Ephesians 5:26 So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word,
Ephesians 5:27 And might take it for himself, a church full of glory, not having one mark or fold or any such thing; but that it might be holy and complete.
Bible in Basic English
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August 17th 2016