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BS 5-How the Church Functions-Lesson 2
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THE WINESKIN - - Lesson 2
To Build Church
5-fold Ministry Gifts
To Bless & Edify Church
Word of Wisdom
To Govern the Church
LET’S CONFUSE THE ISSUE WITH SOME FACTS!
In Verse 11 of the Ephesians 4:8-14 passage below we find the 5-fold Gifts.
THESE ARE ‘THE FIVE-FOLD GIFTS’--NOT ‘THE FIVE-FOLD OFFICES’! (Verse 8)
REMEMBER! These Ministry gifts are Gifts of Grace. God gives you the gift; it is up to you what you do with it.
GOD WANTS EVERY CHRISTIAN TO STAND IN AN OFFICE. Until you do you will never bear the fruit that God intends for you to bear.
APOSTLE* - lays the foundation. He is a voice for God. The Apostle is accountable to the Elders.
ELDERS* - people with at least one five-fold ministry gift who are dedicated to building the house of God.
*The Apostle and Elders are the Leadership* and make ALL the administrative decisions in the church.
DEACONS - people who are moving in the 9-fold manifestations or the five-fold ministry gifts and are dedicated to meeting the physical needs of the church. The Deacons flow in submission to the Apostle and Elders of the church.
PRIESTS - Christians who preach the Gospel, lay hands on the sick for healing, cast out devils, flow in the gifts and in submission to the Apostle and other offices. The Priests flow in submission to the Apostle and Elders of the church.
BELIEVER - a Christian who attends the service who is not in submission to the Apostle and other Offices.
TARES - people who claim to be Christians and look like Christians but they really are not. The Leadership does not remove these people; God does.
GOATS - people who try to come in the church but are in rebellion to God or the leadership of the Church. The Leadership is responsible for removing the goats.
UNBELIEVERS - are the unsaved who visit the services.
In every church service, everyone in attendance will fall into one of these eight catagories,
WHICH OFFICE OR CATEGORY BEST DESCRIBES YOU?
The Purpose** of the 5-Fold Ministry Gifts
**FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS
Helping the saints understand the Word of God and how they are to respond to It.
Perfecting in the Greek is Kataritizo and means to equip for service. It also means to restore anything to its proper place.
How can the Leadership of the Church put anyone else in their proper place when the Leadership of the Church is set up Wrong?
How can Jesus be the True Head of the Church if we don’t set it up the way that the Word of God says to set it up?
How can the House of God be a true "habitation of God through the Spirit" when the Apostles, Prophets, and Teachers have to submit to someone who is called a Pastor?
**THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY
The work of the ministry is to preach the Gospel to every creature.
This includes T.V., Radio, the Internet, Conferences, Tracts, and Planting churches, etc.
**EDIFICATION OF THE BODY UNTIL WE COME TO MATURITY AND UNITY OF THE FAITH
How can we come to maturity and unity of the faith until we find an Apostle that we can submit and flow with?
When a person is Born-again and understands what their Ministry Gift is, they shouldn’t look for a church to go to--But and Apostle to flow with.
Spiritual submission increases the Anointing. Pride causes God to resist you.
As we submit to the Offices and Ministry Gifts of the people in the church our Anointing will increase and grow. Submission increases the anointing. Competition between people in the church is Witchcraft.
THE FUNCTION OF THE OFFICES
APOSTLES - Lay Foundations and Appoint Elders
The foundation of Christ is the Five-fold ministry with Jesus as the Head.
ELDERS - Lead the Church plus more.
Nowhere in the Bible can we find a Pastor heading a congregation. It is always the elders.
Office > ELDER ELDER ELDER ELDER ELDER*
*The APOSTLE can also function as and ELDER.
The ELDERS pastor the Church.
DEACONS - Care for the Needs of the People.
PRIEST - We All, as Priests, Should Minister to God, Offer up Spiritual Sacrifices, and Show Forth His Praises. This Also Includes Interceding or Praying for Others.
16. (Exodus 40:15 KJV) And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.
17.(1 Peter 2:5 KJV) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
18. (1 Peter 2:9 KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
19. (Mark 16:17 KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
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