Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the EQUIPPING of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
When Jesus ascended to heaven, it is the wisdom of God that He distributed the gifts to the body of Christ and not allowed it to rest solely on an individual. If all the gifts rested solely on an individual then there would be a tendency for us to “hero worship” the person. It runs contrary to God’s instruction not to worship idols including an individual. It would cause the person to fall from grace very quickly because of pride.
The role of the fivefold ministry (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) is mainly to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
Once you are trained and equipped then you are able to do the work of the ministry that’s assigned to you by the Lord in the various spheres of influence including the family sphere. When all of us are contributing with our gifts THEN THE BODY IS EDIFIED. There is going to be no edification of the body when the body is not working together or worst still embroiled in schism.
Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
The key is when every part does its share then it will cause the body to grow. Many churches reported to have maximum 20% of the members serving while 80% were busy with other commitments. As a result, you will hear of members being burnt out and the church suffers as a result of it.
Therefore many of the churches suffer, stagnate or even die of natural death because it has an aged population in the congregation or the different parts of the body is not contributing to her growth.
Sermon Series: CG Campaign – Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow (Part 3)
教会向世人展示的最有力的见证之一是我们出于对 神和彼此的爱，合一地工作的能力。我们都知道，当基督的身体不能像一个肢体那样运作时，要完成很多事情是非常困难的。 我们需要转变这样一个思想就是：教会只是我们主日的时候作礼拜的地方，之后就与我无关了。教会是一个集体，被呼召来敬拜 神，并使人认识祂。
当耶稣升天的时候， 神的智慧是祂把恩赐分配到基督的各个肢体，不让它仅仅停留在一个人身上。如果所有的恩赐都只属于一个人，那么我们就会倾向于“英雄崇拜”这个人。这违背了 神的旨意，不要崇拜包括个人在内的任何偶像。它会使人很快因为骄傲而堕落。
讲道系列：细胞小组活动 – 教会通过属灵恩赐得以成长 (3)