Part 3: The Body Ministry
8 This is why it[a] says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”[b] 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
CG Discussion Points
- What is the role of the Fivefold Ministry? How is church growth tied to body ministry? Discuss how we can use our different gifts to work as one accord and one mind so there is no division in the body of Christ. (Eph 4:8-16; 1 Cor 12:25-26; Phil 2:1-3; 1 Cor 12:12-13)
- How can you help the church grow if you have the gift of hospitality? Discuss how the gift of mercy and giving be able to work together to help more people under the church?
- Discuss the difference in the gift of helps and service.