Pattern for Church life

The other day a friend of mine informed me that a mere 3% of our city is saved.

I asked her, “What can we do about it?”

Here’s a thought:

I CORINTHIANS 12:28
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings [i.e., evangelists], helps [deacons], governments [pastors, elders, bishops, presbyters], diversities of tongues.

The above verse creates an exciting picture of the kinds of activities that ought to be prominent in church-life.

Notice there are six public ministries placed in the church ahead of the ministry of ‘governments’ (or pastors).

Imagine if apostles, prophets, teachers and evangelists were freely holding regular public events in your city – events that are indeed ‘first’ – that is, that played a stronger, more public, more important role than your city’s pastors.

Even the office of ‘helps’ (or deacons) is placed ahead of pastors in the above list. This was certainly the case in the early church. Remember the servers Philip and Stephen? Their public evangelism and miracles are noted in the Book of Acts, yet no elder (i.e., pastor) is ever mentioned by name nor his achievements ever singularly discussed.

The early church in Jerusalem had the opportunity of regularly attending public events held by the apostles. These events included teaching, miracles and healings. The role played by elders (i.e., pastors) was more of a supportive, facilitative role to the more prominent, public work of the apostles, prophets, teachers, and those who worked miracles and who had the gifts of healings.

When the apostles and other ministries were away doing outreaches, then the pastors would have risen to more prominent shepherding, teaching, feeding and governing roles in their churches. The elders (i.e. pastors) guided the churches to continue walking in the apostles’ doctrine; on behalf of their congregations they discerned between true and false ministries; and they always welcomed and facilitated the return visits of true apostles and prophets.

Almost any model of church government is workable provided each and everyone of us

What do YOU think?

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  1. Ephesians 4:11-14
    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    The above verses clearly indicates power division among the church members according to gift given to the Holy Ghost. Why did Jesus choose to make some apostles pastor..etc as stated by verses above? Answer is simple! to Equip saints for the work of ministry including evangelizing to the lost! In todays churches,Pastors are in charge of almost everything! few of them operate with highly suppressed teaching and evangelistic ministry,with no prophetic nor apostolic ministry!
    From what I know,from the word of God,the church is founded on teaching of Apostles and Prophets,with Jesus,the chief apostle and Prophet as per
    Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; and Mar 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. and Joh 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

    So 12 Apostles received revelation to complete great work of this Apostle,from Jesus Himself first Paul,Peter…ending with Apocalypse of Jesus through his Angel to John. So Present Apostles and Prophets have nothing to add nor to take but their work is to make sure the church STANDS in the foundations of scripture! Sola Scriptura!! Evangelists are to be supported by the church to Preach the Gospel which obvious when preached under the power of Holy Ghost, is accompanied by MIRACLES,SIGNS,and WONDERS!Bishops/Pastors are to oversee the Church as Shepherds in conjunction to apostles(when are available for they are travelers to plant and founding them on Christ the chief corner stone!) and Teachers are to teach people How to CONTINUE in the Doctrines of Apostles, so that the church will grow to maturity here referred to as “perfect man” and “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”

    Until the church allows Holy Spirit to operate freely NO church can prevail and manifest Triumphant victory of Jesus against prince of power of darkness and his vast army of demons! Until we allow Holy Spirit to lead the Church, we can’t reach “unity of the faith” for every Denomination(church?) will have its own doctrine and cannot walk together!!
    Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
    for sure not. So we need to take step to do something for the work of God. Start and Equip the Ministry that will return the Church to its foundations. I will be doing my Part as per God’s grace.

    I pray that all here at CF site will go and teach others. You don’t need to change the traditions of your church (Though you can do if your Pastors are willing to yield to the will of Holy Ghost),but Pray to God and start Ministry which will equip saints and churches to stand on God’s true foundations!!
    God bless you all
    Ev. Steve

    —You Love Jesus? Serve Him!!—

  2. This sounds good John. Why is it not happening so much in the western world? Could it be because pastors today control in large measure the resources, the platforms and the loyalty of most Christians, and that they are intent on their own visions, rather than the vision of Jesus Christ for the city? People have not grown spiritually to the point where they can hear the voice of God to do these things and support those doing them. We have failed to equip people to know God.

    There has been such an emphasis on doctrines that teach, on the threat of eternal damnation, that people to put money firstly into the budgets controlled by pastors. But if you listen to Christian TV, you get a lot of false prophecies designed to pull money out of your pocket into the trusts controlled by rich TV preachers. It is not possible that all of this be of God. I am sure much of it is not. People need to learn to give generously as the Holy Spirit directs. That might be to the poor, the unknown and the suffering believers.

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