11And He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] evangelists, and some [as] pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all [aspects] into Him who is the head, [even] Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fittedand held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part,causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

  • Gifts
    • Lots of ways to classify the gifts but I think God purposefully frustrated us in this
      • several lists of gifts and none of them lend themselves to a single system of classification
      • God loves to step into our logical world and say  - “nope I get to do what I want"
    • These 5 gifts however have been given a specific purpose in this text - we will get to the purpose in a minute
    • Recognizing and receiving all God wants to give in these gifts is crucial - Matt 10:41 - honor a prophet as a prophet receive a prophet’s reward
  • 5-fold “office or ministry” gifts - “for establishment of the church and bringing it to maturity” Horton
    • Car accident picture - page 51 culture of Honor
    • Danny Silk says that the order comes from 1 Cor 12:28 and authority flows out that way.  Hmmm maybe lol.
    • Mike Breen Believes that each person in the church has one of these functions - I don’t have a problem with that idea, but there are those especially called to giving their whole lives to this mission and we need to remember that.
    • Apostles
      • definition of the greek word: a messenger, envoy, delegate, one commissioned by another to represent him in some way especially a man sent out by Jesus Christ Himself to preach the Gospel
      • Original 12 - had a special place - Jesus said they would judge the tribes of Israel - Paul was appointed as an apostle in the same manner but to the Gentiles
      • Apostle - I love the way people squirm about this one
        • Church builder - 1 Cor 3:10 Paul calls himself “master builder"
          • “The Apostle will make the presence of God, the worship of God, and the agenda of Heaven the top priorities in the environment” Danny Silk Culture of Honor
          • “Apostles are visionary and pioneering, always pushing into new territory. They like to establish new churches, ministries, non-profits, Kingdom-minded businesses or initiatives. They come up with innovative means to do kingdom work.” Mike Breen - building Kingdom Culture
          • They establish the system - they look to Heaven by faith and set up a mirror on the earth
          • call and train the first - "lay down the lines” and then go
          • a leader and trainer of church leadership
          • they are the DNA formers - the culture creators
          • Doctrine establisher
            • the one we go back to and ask is this interpretation a correct application?
            • they hold the line - they are foundational lined up with Jesus
      • Downside - can forget people’s needs because obsessed with the mission, can bulldoze because of how driven they are, NOT a detail oriented person very “big picture” oriented.
    • Prophets
      • they hear the voice of God and speak the words of God
      • Foretelling and Forthtelling
        • Foretelling - telling the future
        • Forth telling - What God is saying TO YOU for RIGHT NOW
      • they apprehend the kingdom and birth it - bring it forth - spiritual midwives
        • “apprehends the promises of the Kingdom for individual destinies and calls them into reality through declaration.” Danny Silk Culture of Honor
      • they give the gift of sight - prophecy is contagious - they carry an anointing that opens the ears of those they encounter
        • 1 Samuel 10 - "is Saul among the prophets?"
        • remember These gifts are for the equipping of the saints!
      • Downside - Can be harsh and too black and white, not very compassionate more than often, can be really impatient, can be prideful, can be condemning rather than inspirational.
    • Teachers
      • the breakers of the bread - they make the Bible clear - they do not decide what is in it!
      • Teachers dive deep to bring treasures out from the word that are not easily found
      • teachers equip the body to understand God through His word and by His Spirit
      • Downside - they have trouble with things they cannot understand.  Have a compulsive need to be right.  Love to argue because they usually win.  Are not usually connected very well with mission.
    • Evangelists
      • reach the lost and train others how to reach the lost - period
      • Downside - can be so focused on winning the lost that they don’t care about the body.  They get angry with the body often for not caring about the lost enough.  Tend not to care very much about someone once they have been converted.
    • Pastors
      • the shepherds
      • they take care of the flock
      • they communicate the comfort of God
      • they bring the correction of God
      • they are the ones walking WITH the sheep CARRYING the weak ones
      • Downside - tend to be so focused on need that they forget mission.  Can be overwhelmed by the amount of need they encounter.  Can be exhausted because they will keep giving until they have nothing left.  Tend to lead, speak, teach, out of need rather than vision.  

 

The Analogy of the Flock:  You have a flock of sheep that need to go to the pastures to graze

    • Apostle says - here is the map to where we are going, if you walk in such and such formation you will be safer, only walk during the day and rest at night - now go
    • Prophet says - LOOK AT THE MAP - and points to the mountain saying "I can see it! Can’t you see it?  It’s right there go there!  NO not THERE - THERE."
    • Teacher says - here is how to avoid the rocks and the crevasses, if you eat this kind of plant you will get sick so don’t eat those, when you get there it will look like such and such.
    • Pastor says - "come on I’ll walk with you from here to there and pick you up when you fall"
    • Evangelist says - "come join the flock we’re going someplace good."

 

    • equip the saints for the work of service
      • this speaks of setting things in order, "setting a bone or mending a net" - restoration to purpose - setting the army in order
        • we are not the spiritual quartermasters - we don’t hand out the equipment - we train, we organize, we recognize, we affirm, we set the pieces we are given on the board
    • to the building up of the Body - setting in order according to the plans God laid out - like a builder working from blueprints
      • until the attaining: These are the blueprints
        • of unity - unless the pieces are in the correct places the puzzle will not stay together
        • the knowledge of the Son - unless the pieces are in the correct place we cannot see the picture!
        • maturity - the full flower of our gifting and potential
        • the fullness of Christ - Jesus fully present on the earth through His bride
          • we’ve got our work cut out for us…. yikes!
  • Resulting in:
    • no longer children tossed about by every religious idea
    • speaking the truth in love
    • grow up into all aspects, dimensions, facets… of Jesus
    • Every piece where it belongs doing what it is supposed to be doing
    • each part giving to the others not serving ourselves but each other

 

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