HARDWIRED

HARDWIRED

IF WE KNOW who God has made us to be, we can stop trying to be someone we are not and let go of the stress that comes with living that kind of life.

Imagine a church united and growing spiritually.  A community in which each of us fulfills the role given by God and uses our gifts to build God’s kingdom!  All of us ministering to one another.  Pastors pastor, Evangelists share the gospel, teachers teach…etc

 You were hardwired by God to make a difference.  There is an important distinction between spiritual gifts and roles as mentioned in Scripture.  Each of us have been given a gift.  You find them listed in 1 corinthians 12, Romans and 1 peter 4.

 A spiritual gift is not a ministry in itself. Rather, your gifts are just a tool to use for the job at hand.   The job is the role or function one is called to.  The Bible outlines the roles (APEST) in Ephesians 4:

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it . . . It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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. —Ephesians 4: 7, 11– 13

 

“But to each one of us . . .”

It has been a traditional teaching that the fivefold ministries in this passage are five roles for leaders in the Church. But that is not what the verse says. “To each one” refers to every member of the Church, not just leaders.

“. . . grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

The fivefold roles apply to all members of the body of Christ in varying degrees. What Paul is saying is that Jesus, by the gift of his grace, has empowered and equipped each of us for service. We have all been given different-sized portions of grace and anointing. We each receive part of the whole. Christ’s ministry fully demonstrates all five roles of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. 

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

These five gifts of grace seem to be the elements needed for preparing people for service and building up the Church.

Each person receives a portion of grace to fulfill a ministry role as an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher.

“Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the measure of the fullness of Christ.”

When each person is working, by grace, in the role given by the Holy Spirit, the result is unity in faith, a continual growing in the personal knowledge of Jesus and maturity or wholeness, which all lead to the fullness of Christ. When we look at each part of the passage in context, it becomes clear that the gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4 are roles or functions given to each believer, and that the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians and Romans are tools to enable every believer to function more effectively in his or her role.

EX. If your base ministry is that of an evangelist and combined with your tool (gift) of hospitality, you can host people in your hose for a meal and share the gospel with them.

Let’s review the roles and see which one applies to you:

APOSTLE

From the Greek apostolos meaning “one who is sent out.” Apostles are visionary and pioneering, always pushing into new territory.

•Biblical examples— the Twelve, Paul, Priscilla and Aquilla.

•Jesus’ example— Jesus was the one sent by God (John 3: 16).

•Apostles enjoy dreaming, doing new and challenging tasks, change.

PROPHET

One who hears and listens to God (prophetes); the Prophet foretells and tells forth revelation from God.

•Biblical examples— Anna and Simeon in Luke 2 as they prophesy over the infant Jesus. Agabus in Acts 11: 28 and 21: 10 when he predicts a famine and prophesies about Paul.

•Jesus’ example— Every word spoken from the mouth of Jesus was revelation from God.

EVANGELIST

One who brings good news and shares the message readily (euanggelistes). Evangelists love spending time with non-Christians and often remind other Christians that there are non-Christians still out there in the world.

•Biblical examples— Philip in Acts 8: 12. The people believed Philip when he preached. •Jesus’ example— Jesus embodied the Good News. He was the Good News. We can see Jesus as Evangelist in John 3 with the Samaritan woman at the well.

PASTOR

One who shepherds God’s people (poimen), who cares for others with a tender heart. One who sees needs, provides comfort and encourages others.

•Biblical example— Barnabas in Acts 15: 36– 41. Barnabas clearly demonstrates a pastoral heart in his defense of Mark. •Jesus’ example— In John 10, Jesus refers to himself as the Good

TEACHER

One who holds forth the truth and is excited by it (didaskalos). The Teacher looks for ways to explain, enlighten and apply truth.

•Biblical example— Apollos in Acts 18. •Jesus’ example— he was often referred to as Teacher or Rabbi. His “students” often remarked that his teaching was different because he taught with authority.

FIND OUT WHAT YOUR BASE MINISTRY IS HERE:

http://www.fivefoldsurvey.com/

RESOURCES:

  • Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen
  • The Permanent Revolution Playbook: APEST for the People of God: A Six Week Exploration by Alan Hirsh
share

Recommended Posts