[Linux4christians] B7 - Tuesday - Ephesians 4:11-13
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Mon Jan 30 21:49:04 EST 2012
4:11 It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as
evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up
the body of Christ,
4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge
of the Son of God --
a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ's full stature.
Lord, You choose to use us as Your tools for building the quantity and
quality of Your "Church" (believers) and You equip and sends those who
will lead and train us in doing so. May I go and serve where I am sent
and follow and learn when I need to be lead.
Summary & Commentary
Between the moment of of saving faith - our absolute surrender to Christ
- and our arrival in Heaven for eternity (following the Great White
Throne Judgment) we are all constantly in the process of maturing.
Jesus provided everything that we needed "... to build up the body of
Christ", that is, to grow His "Church" (believers) in both quality and
quantity. Among those resources are apostles, prophets, evangelists,
teachers (some of whom are pastors) - their job is not to build
buildings, gather adoring fans, create local doctrines, or to do "the
work of ministry" - the text is clear that their job is to "equip the
saints for the work of ministry", which is, "to build up the body of
This is very important because it means that every single "saint"
(believer) is called to "the work of ministry" and that it cannot be
delegated-away to apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers and/or pastors.
This is also very important because it means that every single saint
must be constantly-maturing so that they become more and more valuable
to the Lord God in His ministry of building up the body of Christ.
Paul elsewhere (1 Cor. 12, etc.) described the various roles of members
of the "body" or family of believers that is "the Church", with an
emphasis on the importance that all are serving (and are serving
as-called), that none is more important nor any capable of everything.
Every part of the body is dependent on the others.
Here Paul emphasized the role of the leaders, from the founding of The
Church (believers) until this very day, and until Jesus calls His
children home. Apostles were called to establish the Church and to equip
those who would sustain the Church once they departed. Prophets, then
and now, remind us of Who God is, what He has done, and what He has
promised to do. Once the "canon", the trustworthy Word of the Bible, was
closed by the Lord God there is "nothing new under the sun" (or the
Son), Rev. 22:18-19 makes that profoundly clear.
Evangelists and teachers (some whom are pastors) tell His-story, feed
His sheep, and protect His sheep.
There is an "old school" religious tradition where all of "the work of
ministry" is foisted upon the pastor-teacher. He is often expected to
perform every function from prayer, teaching, caring, service,
evangelism, even "church" property maintenance! This is despite the
clear teaching of the Bible about the distributed responsibilities of
"the body" and the instruction that the "elders" focus upon their duties
as spiritual leaders and delegate overflow-tasks to "deacons".
In what ways may a pastor-teacher emphasize the "equip(ing) of the
saints for the work of ministry"? How can he be protected from becoming
too-busy doing their "work" for them.? How might the pastor, and certain
hyper-active "saints", may resist leaping to do most of the "work of the
ministry" - because in so doing they deny the blessing of service to
others? Is it not evidence of maturity and wisdom for them to learn to
to wait a bit when a need arises to allow the Lord God, through His
indwelling Holy Spirit, to make clear whom He has been preparing in the
body to be blessed as a conduit of His blessing?
What does the phrase "... to equip the saints for the work of ministry"
mean to you?
When have you experienced an example of a faithful teacher preparing you
"for the work of ministry", showing you opportunities to serve, coaching
and mentoring you, but then allowing you to do and to grow and then to
multiply yourself as they multiplied themselves in you and others?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you some things you have been doing
which you have not been called and/or have not been gifted to do?
Today I commit to partner with the Holy Spirit in "... equip[ing] the
saints for the work of ministry" by teaching, coaching, equipping, and
mentoring others to do what they have been called and/or have been
gifted to do -- so that I may focus on those things to which I have been
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Wednesday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
Bible Resources: http://bible.org
Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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1Cor. 15:22 "For just as in Adam all die, so also in
Christ all will be made alive."
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