Thursday, September 23 2021
THE SUPERNATURAL CHURCH
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints (us) for the work of ministry for the edifying (building up) of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11,12
Contrary to popular belief we are the ones who do the work of ministry, but in today's fast-paced consumer-driven churches pastor does it all! Marry/bury, visit the sick, help the poor, etc. while the body just shows up and writes a check! But that is not the way Jesus set it up!
The five-fold ministry teams are to equip us for the work of service and this gives the opportunity to reach many more than one man could ever do. Jesus never meant for one man to lead a congregation but for a plurality of elders to have oversight of His body! Remember it is relatively easy for the enemy to deceive one man, but to deceive a group of men in agreement is almost impossible!
In the past few decades, the five-fold ministry has been received by the body of Christ, the apostle, one of the last to be acknowledged even though he holds the blueprint and Divine design of God's church are now recognized as a gift given by God to the body.
Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13