The whole church does the work of ministry. The risen Lord has given his Church the gift of leaders, apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. Leaders equip all of us to be the body of Christ. The whole body must work together, with each member exercising their gifts so that we can be whole and complete. Only when all of us do the work of ministry under the care of godly leaders can we attain to the full stature of Christ.
Prophecy is another gift that is much debated. However, we should not let those debates cloud a gift that is highly valued in the New Testament. Simply put, prophets speak for God. Now, nothing in the ministry of prophecy is equal in authority with Scripture. Those with the gift of prophecy may have specific or unique insight, messages, and even predictions given by the Holy Spirit.
Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of prophecy. May we have ears to hear and hearts to obey you in everything.
The main business of the pastor is not the preparation and delivery of sermons. His principal duty is to develop, whether by sermon or by any other method, every member into a mature believer, able to witness effectively to others.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 17.
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