An Apostolic Understanding – Part Forty-five

The fivefold ministry not only sets order in the Church that Jesus is building but it also empowers the Church ultimately bringing fulfillment to each individual Christian.

When God created you, He designed you to be a minister. The Bible tells us that before you were born, God designed a perfect plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Romans 12:2 assures us that God’s plan for you is “good, pleasing, and perfect.” It is not something you will dread. It will not make you miserable. It’s the thing that will bring you supreme joy and satisfaction in life.

Part of this plan involves finding your place of ministry in His Body. In Ephesians 2:10 the apostle Paul tells us that you were “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God designed you to accomplish certain “good works” during your time on earth. He then prepared you in advance, building into your personality everything you need to be successful in His eyes. He gave you a unique personality, unique abilities, and a unique set of spiritual gifts. He planted a desire in you that can only be satisfied by fulfilling that call. God wants you to know that you are not an accident. You are here for a purpose. You’ve been sent here on a mission.

Some of you were created to heal the sick. Some of you were gifted to teach. Some of us were gifted to prophesy. It does not matter where you work, or how much money you make, if you are not doing what God created you to do, you will always have a gnawing feeling and hunger deep down inside, a feeling that something is missing.

It is always exciting to teach others who they are “in Christ.” When you teach people how to sense the Holy Spirit, how to respond to His presence, and how to hear His voice as you share fellowship with the Spirit … Wow! When people begin to move in the supernatural realm and exercise their spiritual gifts, they get excited and I get excited.

When teaching people to pray for the sick …when they lay hands on someone and sense the moving of the Spirit and the release of the healing anointing…it changes them forever. And, I get excited for them because they are now entering into the ministry and their destiny in Christ.
And, when you pray for someone and they are healed suddenly the whole issue of faith is not just intellectual. You realize that the Christian faith is real at a level you had never imagined. You begin looking for opportunities to pray for someone else. As a result, you are changed and your local church is transformed.

In the pastoral church one man ministers. Very few are trained and equipped. Occasionally someone is sent off to Bible School or seminary to prepare for “The Ministry.” The world is not reached, and the Church barely sustains itself.

In the apostolic Church all are trained and equipped. All discover their call and purpose. All do the work of the ministry, and the Church becomes a mighty army in the earth. The territory is transformed. This is where the new wineskin church is heading.

God’s new wineskin begins as an apostolic movement., it develops the fivefold ministry, but it ultimately results in the “saints movement” where every believer is doing the works of Jesus. God is calling His Church to a new administration and a new understanding of the Body of Christ. He is forming a new wineskin. It is time for the Church to arise. It is time for God’s people to be released into the world to win the lost.