Eph 4:8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men. ”
9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 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; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.
List Of Ministries In The Body Of Christ
- Pastors and Teachers
Function Of Ministries In The Body Of Christ
- Equipping the saints to do ministry. (v12)
- Edifying the body of Christ. (v12)
- Uniting the saints. (v13)
- Informing the saints. (v13)
- Perfecting the saints. (v13)
- Growing the saints to be Christ-like. (v13)
- Maturing the saints. (v14)
True And False Ministers
- Jesus warned of fasle prophets. (Mt 7:15, 24:11, 24:24)
- Jesus warned of false Christs and false prophets. (Mk 13:22)
- Paul warned against false teachers. ( Ac 20:33)
- Paul warned against false apostles. ( 2 Cor 11:13)
- Peter warned against false prophets and teachers.
Mark Of True Ministers
- Their motivation.
- Their conduct.
- Their Fruit.
Php 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.