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THE REALITY OF THE SPIRITUAL

Living in a Post-Christian Society

November 23, 2014

 

MINISTERING IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

 

MINISTRY GIFTS

 

And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts.1 Cor. 12:28-31a (NAS)

 

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Eph. 4:11-13

 

1. I’m baptized into the Body.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body. 1 Cor. 12:12-13

 

 

2. I don’t receive all the gifts; no one does.

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Cor.12:14

 

 

3. I have a ministry within the Body.

If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. …God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Cor. 12:15-18

 

 

4. I need you and you need me.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. 1 Cor. 12:21-22

 

 

5. Care for everyone equally.

There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Cor.12:25-27

 

 


 

 

MINISTRY GIFTS

 

And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts.1 Cor. 12:28-31a (NAS)

 

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Eph. 4:11-13

 

When we combine these to passages with their lists of gifts we can give them an order:

 

  1. Apostles
  2. Prophets
  3. Evangelists
  4. Teachers (Pastor-Teacher)
  5. Worker of Miracles
  6. Healings
  7. Helps
  8. Administration
  9. Various kinds of tongues

 

GIFT

 

1. Apostle

One sent forth, usually sent into new areas.

 

FUNCTION

Outreach worldwide.

Commissioned by church.

Called by the Spirit.

APPLICATION

Missionary ministry.

Short term projects.

Church planting.

 

 

 

2. Prophet

Revealer of truth. Proclaimer of truth for the purpose of purifying believers.

 

Edification.

Call others to holy living.

Heart-felt conviction results in lives of believers.

Emphasizes that Biblical standards need to be embraced by the church.

 

3. Evangelist

Messenger of good news.

 

 

Outreach locally.

Motivates others in church to evangelize.

 

Teaches or trains others to share the gospel.

Constantly reaching out to others with the gospel.

 

 

4. Pastor/Teacher

Teaches and tends the flock.

Assists in revealing truth from God’s Word.

 

Education.

Assists believers in growing in the knowledge of God’s Word.

Detects and corrects doctrinal errors.

 

 

Teaching.

Discipleship.

Small group Bible studies.

 

5. Miracles

Natural or supernatural event with precise timing so that God gets the credit.

 

Releasing the power of God.

Direct connection with prayer.

Visualizes what God intends to do.

 

Ministry of prayer.

Learning and internalizing God’s Word.

Calls others to prayer and fasting.

 

 

6. Healings

Enters into suffering in order to heal others.

 

Restoration… in more ways than one.

Not just physical, but also:

Spiritual, emotional, and mental.

All the healings are connected to the Spirit. Spiritual problems are at the root.

 

 

Counseling ministry.

Marital counseling, Crisis counseling, counseling on resolving bitterness and guilt, consolation, and brings healing.

 

7. Helps

Gives practical assistance to the helpless and needy.

 

Practical assistance.

In the Early Church their purpose was to free the Apostles to carry on the ministry of the Word and prayer.

 

 

Supervise a ministry to widows, fatherless, families in need.

Assist in church events as needed.

 

8. Administration

Ruling, governing. To guide, steer, or pilot.

 

 

Coordinating of efforts of the church body.

Lead the church.

 

Pastor.

Overseer, Elders, Leaders. Administration.

 

9. Tongues

I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 1 Cor. 14:15 (NAS)

 

Four Purposes Of Tongues In The New Testament

 

1. To proclaim salvation through Christ to the Jews from every nation in their own language.Acts 2, The Day of Pentecost. This purpose was “fulfilled” at Pentecost.

 

2. To confirm to the Jewish Christians that God had granted salvation to the Gentiles too.

This happened as recorded throughout the book of Acts. This was confirmed and completed in the 1st century.

 

3. To convey God’s truth to the Early Church before the New Testament was written.

This was concluded once the New Testament was completed and recorded.

 

4. To edify the “inner spirit” of some believers.Though this gift is still viable with some Christians in their personal prayer lives, it should be temporary. As they mature they stop depending on “emotional experiences” for their growth, and instead begin to depend more on the “personal application” of God’s Word.

 

It’s a private prayer language with ecstatic language. Not the only way to praise God. Music is the best way in terms of reaching beyond human language and building up the rest of the church.

 

Praise ministry through music in the church today.

The vehicle of praise in public gathering of the church is music.

 

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; Eph. 5:18-19 (NAS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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