Every now and again I come across one of those religious types that want to argue with me about, as they say, calling myself an apostle. Their argument is that “God doesn’t do that anymore”! Seems to be there default come back for God doing what God does!
The issue is that God is still calling and using apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers… Epheisans 4:11 spells it out for us in black and white and vs 12 tells us the why!!
Ephesians 4:11 – 12 “And He [Jesus] personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,”
It seems their main argument is “that was for a different time or dispensation”. Listen, this in all effect is calling God a liar Hebrews 13:8 says
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Listen, GOD DOES NOT CHANGE! We do and manmade religions does!
Here is a short description of what the Five-Fold Minsters do:
The Apostles’ Job Description –
The word ‘apostle’ is defined as “one chosen and sent with a message”. They are referred to as:
- “wise master builders” or “spiritual architects” (1 Corinthians 3: 10).
- Pioneers of new Churches. (1 Corinthians 9:2; 1 Corinthians 3:6).
- Grounds the Church in truth (Colossians 1:25).
- Bring correction in erroneous ministry, preserves unity in the Body (1 Corinthians 3:3-5).
- Lay foundations in the Church. (1 Corinthians 3:10).
- Father new ministries. (2 Timothy 1: 6; 1 Corinthians 4:15).
- A ministry of miracles, signs and wonders (2 Corinthians 12:12; Acts 2:43).
- A ministry of prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6: 4).
- Laying on of hands for impartation of ministry (Acts 6:6),
- Imparts spiritual gifts (Romans 1:11)
Now listen –they are not the big cheese or anything – they are not to be worshipped but respected. Apostles are the spiritual fathers in the land… they are sent with a specific message, a specific call and mission!!The 5 Fold ministers are the foundation of the church planted on the firm bedrock of Christ Jesus – they/we are your gifts. In fact, we know that our ceiling in our spiritual children’s floor. Everyone should have that humble attitude toward others.
Generals International described the other 4 gifts so well I’m adding them to this post.
Prophet – Prophets speak from revelation the heart of God in a matter. It is not by perception, but by inspiration. They are foretellers and reveals of the intentions of God. They move in the inspirational gifts of 1 Cor. 12 of words of wisdom, prophecy, words of knowledge. It is not by perception, but by inspiration.
This office requires a consistent manifestation of at least two of the revelation gifts on an ongoing basis.
Most prophets also experience prophetic dreams and filled with symbolism and visions. Prophets speak more than individual prophetic words but prophetic words or messages that shift spiritual atmospheres over regions. They generally are draw to apostles. #1 job of prophets is not to prophecy but to train the people to hear God. When people can hear God in a region it is just as great or greater than a prophet releasing word over a region! They are generally trans-local as they are given to the body as a whole. They travel by themselves and with Apostles.
Evangelist– is one who is sent to save souls and present the gospel message. We see evangelist where the lost are and they are not listed in the order of the church in 1 Cor 12:28. Marks of an evangelist are salvations and healings and miracles. They have an ability to touch hardened hearts with God’s love for them to receive salvation. They also are found in the midst of environments that breed sin. The word is only used three times in scripture. The best example of an evangelist is Stephen. Philip started his ministry as a deacon in the helps ministry, in Acts 6:1, and moved into calling in Acts 8:26-40. They are generally drawn to pastors. They are trans-local traveling by themselves as a rule.
Pastor – The word pastor is only used one time in scripture yet we have made it the primary function today. Pastors are nurturers and must lay their lives down for the flock. They are healers of the broken and are given oversight to make sure the needs of people are being met. Just like a herdsmen there are also under-shepherds or pastors in almost every body of believers. They may not be recognized but are active meeting needs and ministering healing to others. Pastors are drawn to teachers to evangelist and then to teachers. Pastors are most effective one on one and modeling Christ. Not all pastors will be dynamic teachers but will be dynamic in showing love. They were never to be placed as final oversight or vision casters to the people. They are always given to a set group of people.
Teacher – The office of Teacher is one that stirs others to know the truth. It is more than explaining, it carries an anointing that brings change. Teachers love truth and love to study. They are avid readers and study topics in multiple ways. They are generally scribes and historians. They expand on what apostles release and prophets speak so others can clearly understand. They teach line upon line. They carry a divine, supernatural ability to impart knowledge above the natural way of doing. True teachers will never teach doctrinal error, but will study in-depth before giving new insight. They are an office with a main thrust to study and give away what they have learned. Teachers explain things from many different angles so the person is sure to understand.
Teachers are willing to be taught. They can be local and trans-local in ministry assignments as they are given to the body as a whole. They generally travel by themselves and sometimes with apostles and prophets.
My point in this blog post is the share with the Body of Christ, the Church, that God is still doing what He has always done. His 5-Fold ministers are still being called, appointed, anointed and sent into the word to establish the Will and Kingdom of God in this world. Let by the Holy Spirit just as 1 Corinthians 12:11 (HCSB) says 11 “But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills.”
These are the gifts of God to the Church to bless, build up, encourage, mentor, lead and teach the Church to do the works of ministry “ until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Ephesians 4:13 (HCSB)
What do you think of my first blog post?
God bless you!!