PROLOGUE 2 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS [2.]
The reason the Work: 5 fold is entrusted to the 5 fold ministry is to maintain and preserve the local nature of the church: cell group, because the Work: 5 fold extends beyond the locality or local church: cell group. There is a vast difference between spiritual and official responsibility. Just as the 5 fold ministry have spiritual but no official responsibility regarding the church, so the elders, the whole local church: the collection of cell groups, have spiritual but no official responsibility regarding the Work: 5 fold. Thus the churches: cell groups are local, intensely local; the Work: 5 fold is extra local, and always extra-local.
The business of the local churches: cell groups consists in the mutual care of their various members, such as the conduct of meetings for the Covenant/ breaking of bread, for Prayer, for Worship, for the spreading the Good News, for the study of the Word and for the exercise of the gifts; both paraclete and internship 5 fold, and that is the reason for preparation of these handbooks, so as to help the local church: cell group get under way in the manner of which they are going to be proceeding.
The work: 5 fold is beyond the sphere of any local church: cell group and consists of a Communal Body of Christ, and is made up of individual ministries intensely concerned with and connected with the mutual Body of Christ. When God wants any representatives of the Body to express its ministry, He gives `gifts to men' - the 5 fold ministries, who are functioning members of the local church: cell group, to represent the Body of Christ.
one body and one Spirit, according as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in you all,
and to each one of you was given the grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ,
wherefore, he saith, `Having gone up on high he led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men,' --
and that, he went up, what is it except that he also went down first to the lower parts of the earth?
he who went down is the same also who went up far above all the heavens, that He may fill all things--
and He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as proclaimers of good news, and
some as shepherds and teachers,
Ephesians 4:4 – 11 [1898 Young’s Literal Translation]
The whole idea is quite clear in 1 Corinthians 12.
And concerning the