by Pastor David Grey
“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.” – Ephesians 4:11-12
I know that I have written on this topic before but it is a message so much needed in the Body of Christ today. Tradition has resulted in whole congregations who expect their pastor to do the ministry. But that is clearly not what scripture says.
John Piper writes, “God gives to a church spiritual leaders whose role is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. And from the work of the ministry by the saints, the body is built up. God’s pattern for producing people with powerful faith and genuine love is not to have the pastor-teachers do all the work of the ministry.
“They are to equip the saints to do the ministry. And the saints are not a class of Christians. They are you, all of you, who have set yourselves apart for God through faith in Christ.”
According to God’s pattern then, the building up of the body in faith and love is the responsibility of saints who have been equipped.
It is not the responsibility of those sent to do the equipping. They are saints, too, of course and as such are to be involved in ministry but not more so than any others. Perhaps even less since their ministry is equipping saints.
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