The Five-Fold Ministry: Introduction- Part 2

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OFFICES IN THE CHURCH

There are offices beyond the five-fold ministry offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher.

Elders are spiritually mature people in the congregation that give oversight and serve as an example to the younger members of the congregation.

These people are often older (but not always) and are the pillars of the church.

They are seasoned members of the congregation that have been through some storms and through some hard times, they are weathered, they have demonstrated that they can withstand the storms of life

They are not novices but they are seasoned people who can provide guidance and model to the rest of the congregation.

So, these would be the elders, both elder women as well as the men of the congregation.

There are deacons.

Deacons are like trustees.

They are like the Levites in the Old Testament.

They care take of the possessions of the church

They care of the building
They take care of the building grounds
They help with the administration of the church
The take care of the maintenance in the parking lot.
They would care for the possessions or the things that the congregation owns.

The deacons would be empowered with and trusted with the oversight and maintenance of the things that the congregation owns like the Levites of the Old Testament.

The Ministry of Helps

These be like pastors’ armor bearers and pastors’ assistants

They could be intercessory prayer partners.

They are people who come along to assist and to help and to hold up the hands of the pastor and the ministry of the church.

The Gift of Government

These would be your church officers

Those who lead by some position of authority delegated in the church, perhaps by the church bylaws and of course by the pastor

So, along with five-fold ministry offices you then have elders, deacons, helps, and governments that are very important parts of the overall guidance and government and these are gifts to the body of Christ.

ELEMENTS OF OPERATION

As you may know, we have offices.

Every office will operate differently.

The office of the apostle will be unique from the prophet or the pastor.
The office of the evangelist will be unique from the teacher, etc.
The Anointing

Every person will be anointed by God and there will be a certain empowerment that will come from God upon that unique ministry.

The Calling of God

Every minister, every office will be anointed with God and called of God

They will have a unique claim to that calling.

How has the Lord called them?

What they are called to?

Perhaps a geographical area or a certain part of the body of Christ that they are specifically called to minister to and this will affect the overall approach that they will have in the ministry.

Spiritual Authority

The jurisdiction or the authority that God gives them as they grow

Their spiritual expertise, what they become skilled at and their spiritual authority will then be a part of this overall mix.

Personal Consecration

How do they consecrate their life to the Lord

Their personal walk with God

Their personal relationship with the Lord is going to affect the overall mix.

Soil or Audience

The soil or the audience that they are speaking to

This is the atmosphere that you minister in.

DIVERSITY OF GIFTS

We have five ministry offices

Then we have nine spiritual gifts.

We have the individual anointing

The calling

The spiritual authority

The individual’s personal walk with God

Their personal consecration

Finally of course the soil or the audience, where the seed they sow is going to land and take root.

All of this creates a very unique diversity of ministry and makes every minister unique and very different.

FINAL THOUGHTS

In the Old Testament we were reminded of the law and prophets.

We understand the Law of Moses and the law that the nation of Israel lived by and then the prophets that came along.

We get over to the New Testament and suddenly you start hearing that the New Testament churches were built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.

And so, now, instead of only law and prophets you begin to hear about apostles and prophets.

So the understanding here is that the apostleship of the New Testament is the law of the New Testament.

The apostle’s doctrine is explored in Acts 2:38, the oneness of God, the new birth experience, and these revelations that the apostles gave us.

This apostle’s doctrine became the law of Grace and was literally the law of the New Testament and that the prophetic ministry continued to be a blessing to the church as a whole.

These are exciting things that we are part of and as you think about and meditate on these things, I believe the Lord will give you great understanding to the importance of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders, deacons, helps, governments, and then of course our anointing, our calling, our spiritual authority, our personal consecration and the soil of the audience which we minister.

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