The Ministry Gifts Of The Holy Spirit (8)
Bible Passage: Exodus 24:9-18
WE have looked at the five well-defined group leaders in church i.e. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. There are several other important offices not clearly set out in the bible, but which are nevertheless vital to the effective every day running of the church. It could be leaders of the natural groups such as men, women, singles, married, youth, children, teenagers and others. The leadership of these groups is still chosen by the leading of the Holy Spirit and the fundamental qualities drawn from the ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit. Every task in the church is spiritual.
Leadership Offices In Church
The leadership offices of Bishop, Deacon, Deaconess and Elders can be found in churches. Sometimes, they could be titular only but quite often they are functional. Bishops are Pastors because both are shepherds. Deacons and Deaconesses are usually called to assist others and therefore helpers. No one is called into ministry to be an elder, deacon or bishop but are appointed or anointed under the leading of the Holy Spirit. 1 Tim.3: 1-7; 1 Pt.5: 2-3; 1 Tim.3: 8-13; Phil.1: 1; Rom.16: 1-2; Acts 20:17,28-32; Acts 14:15,23;Acts 16:4,11:30; Titus 1:5-9; Jam.5: 14; Acts 15:4-6; 1 Tim.5: 17. Great care must be taken to avoid the flesh or favouritism in all appointments.
The Unity Of Gifts
Although the five ministry gifts set out in Ephesians 4 are distinct callings, still they are inter-related, working together harmoniously to achieve a common purpose and for the profit and benefit of all. It helps Christians discover their place in the church and edification and expansion of the kingdom of God. This will help all parts of the body of Christ to work together in unity. Like we said, some people have several gifts, Eph.4: 11-16; 2 Tim.1: 11.
It is important for everyone to find his ministry. There is no one without a gift. It is important that every gift operates in love, faithfulness, humility and obedience, according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Knowledge puffs up but love builds up, 1 Cor.8: 1-2. Our struggle with our human nature, the flesh, is for life. We will shun conceit and abuse in the mighty name of Jesus.