THE WORK 5 FOLD [4.]
No Church: cell group should be under a specific ministry only, in terms of being governed by that ministry. A Worker 5-fold should begin to raise up and train intern 5 fold trainee ministers, through discipleship, who are to be linked to the Corporate 5 fold Work in collaboration with the local Elders, but all Mministries should be connected to a local church: cell group.
Until the Lord comes again, He will raise up new Ministries in the Word. He will open up special truths to meet the specific needs of His children. But these must be accepted or rejected by the local Church: cell group, with them being answerable to the Lord. The Worker: 5 fold cannot start a denomination or sect to maintain the truth he has been given.
Should God entrust us with a special Ministry and lead us to a place where no church: cell group exists, our first duty is to establish one in the locality, then contribute our Ministry to it. We can establish local Churches: cell groups and contribute our Ministry to such Churches, but we dare not establish Ministerial Churches.
His plan is that His servants SHOULD JUST ESTABLISH a local Church: cell group, and then contribute their Ministries to that local Church: cell group. The local church: cell is not controlled by one Ministry, but served by all Ministries. The fruit of all Wwork: 5 fold must go into the local church.
The boundary of a Corporate Church is a city, town or village, not any institution e.g. mission, hospital, and social work in a city.
Even though there may be regular prayers, and preaching, and a variety of meetings in connection with a Christian institution, these can never serve as a substitute for Church fellowship/cell groups/ local Churches, and no such institution however spiritual, can be regarded as a Church, since it not founded on the divinely appointed basis of locality: cell group: fellowship. A Church is always and only local in its nature.
To summarize: -
* The Work: 5-fold and other Works: 5-fold are the special concern of the Wworkers: 5-fold, not of the churches: cell groups, and the sphere of any local work is not wide enough for it to be regarded as a Work in the 5-fold Ministry context.
* All Wworkers: 5-fold must be humble enough to be a brother in the local Church: cell groups.
In the sphere of their Work they hold the position of God's servants, but in the sphere of the Church they are only brethren.
The goal of all Work: 5-fold is the establishment of local Churches: cell groups.
If we make our Wwork: 5-fold the basis of a separate unit of God's people, and treat that Work as a Church then we are building up a sect or denomination, not a Church.
So we see the following: -
# God establishes a Church cell group/local Church in a given locality.
# He raise up gifted men/women: 5-fold in the Church for the ministry.
# He sends some of these specially equipped men/women into the Wwork: 5-fold.
# These men/women establish local Churches: cell groups in different places.
# He raises up other gifted people among these Churches: cell groups for the ministry of building up the local Church: cell groups.
# Some of these men/women are in turn thrust forth to work in other fields.
So the advancement of God’s Kingdom becomes self-perpetuating.
This is where it is essential to again activate the geographical principle; and that is the one of region or area.
. Nowhere in the New Testament is the Church described as a national or International Church. The description of Church is always in terms of locality – The Church at or in [a local area].
Whereas the Churches: cell groups are always only local, the Wwork: 5-fold is regional. A local Church: cell group is in one locality, and many such localities/cell groups form a region, but they never form a regional unit. Churches remain intensely local
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August 17th 2016