5-Fold Ministry and the Saint’s Role

Ephesians 4:11-13 says: And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,  for the Equipping (to furnish or provide with whatever is needed for use or for any undertaking) of the saints (patron) for the work (exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something) of ministry (To serve), for the edifying (to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift) of the body of Christ  till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

We have somewhere lost sight that those in the five fold ministry are there to equip us (Church members) to do the work.  That the Saint’s are there through service, to uplift other members of the body of Christ until we can work as a unified in faith, knowledge of Jesus, and are ALL following in the full measure of who Jesus was on this earth.  

We think it is those in the Five Fold Ministry’s responsibility to spoon feed us, cater to our desires, and do all the work associated with furthering God’s kingdom.  We have put a cross on our pastors that is not theirs to carry.  The  Five Fold Ministry’s job is to EQUIP the church.  That is to provide the church with whatever is needed for use and undertaking for us to fulfill our role.

It is our role to serve, lift up other members in the body, and live in unity in faith, knowledge of Jesus, and to live as Jesus lived.

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