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Teaching from Ephesians 4, this message series will explore the "five-fold" ministry giftings - apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers. The idea we're after is that these are gifts that God has entrusted to each one of us, not just the ministry "professionals". Therefore, everyone has a part to play in the "game", as a part of the team - the Church as the body of Christ. Yet so often, church is more of a spectator sport - people come and sit in a seat and leave the work of the ministry to the church staff and leaders. We want to see a shift to where everyone learns the part they have to play in the mission of Jesus and uses their gifts to help make disciples.
Thanks to RiverTree Church for the inspiration and much of the content for this series!
6. The Teacher
Oct 27 - This message will examine the role of the Teacher and explore how these men and women help us to understand and apply truth. Teachers keep us grounded in God's truth. Teachers have a natural way of encouraging others to study and explore for themselves. But Teachers also have to guard against becoming one-dimensional in their discipleship or getting caught up in too much data. Ultimately, Teachers help the Church gain much needed perspectives on how to understand God's Word and apply it to life.
5. The shepherd
Oct 20 - This message will examine the role of the Shepherd in the Church. Shepherds are caregivers and encouragers in the family of God. They recognize needs, show compassion, and practice hospitality. They listen, nurture, protect, and cultivate a loving environment. Shepherds play a valuable role in the church because they are concerned about spiritual growth and maturity in believers and in building healthy relationships in the body of Christ.
4. The Evangelist
Oct 6 - This message will examine the role of the Evangelist in the Church. Evangelists bring and share the Good News. They enjoy sharing about Jesus... engaging unbelievers in a clear, natural, and relevant way. Evangelists play a valuable role in the Church by enlisting believers in the mission to which Jesus calls His followers... to reach out to others beyond the Church, into the surrounding community and to all the world.
3. The Prophet
Sept 29 - This message will examine the role of the Prophet in the Church. Prophets hear and communicate what God is saying. They are attuned to God, knowing His Will, and wanting to see it accomplished. Prophets play a valuable role in the Church, by helping to keep everyone aligned with God's heart, God's agenda, and God's purposes.
2. The apostle
Sept 22 - This message will examine the role of the Apostle in the Church. Apostles have a God-given ability to innovate and bring change into a situation. They are visionary people, quick to take action and gain breakthrough. They play a valuable role in helping the Church move forward and break new ground, as well as providing the systems and structures needed to maintain growth.
1. Introduction - the five fold ministry
Sept 15 - This message explores the idea of the five-fold ministry giftings as something God has given to each believer, designed to be used in the mission of making disciples. Once we understand this, we understand our place in the Church and should be willing to step into life equipped for the mission God has given each one of us.