They came back to the Lord and told how they rejoiced when they discovered that the demons were subject to them. Contrary to popular impression, saints are not made of plaster. Perhaps I can make that clear. They are not to tell people what to do as the final authority and what they say goes. As you build a church culture that emphasizes taking care of “one another,” you’ll naturally see your church members helping out. (This the work of a prophet, if it needs to be done at all.) ‣ There is no place for a union of clergymen within the New Testament. What the apostles say about Jesus Christ is the foundation of the church, and what they said about Jesus Christ is recorded for us in our New Testament. It was laid once and for all, long ago, and it is on this that the church builds. ‣ Through the course of church history there have been great apostles as Adaniram Judson in Burma, William Carey in India, Hudson Taylor in China. They are there to equip the saints unto the work of the ministry. What we are concerned about is what apostles taught. The whole church is in the ministry, as you can see from this very verse. ‣ Men such as Mark and Luke and James and Jude were not apostles, but, nevertheless, they helped lay the foundations of the church in writing the Scriptures. This benediction varies from Paul’s He knew God deserved the best. We sometimes mix metaphors like that, like saying, "You buttered your bread, now lie in it." If you are a believer in the truth about Jesus Christ (which surely means more than intellectual assent but commitment of the will as well) you are in the church. In other words, they are made of the same stuff as pastors and teachers! In the body as a whole, the evangelists and teaching-pastors work with individuals within the church. But he is very much at work through his body, the building made for him by the Holy Spirit. But, in addition, there are those who spend time in administration or ruling. When they spoke their word had authority. No less important, it also involves logistical care—help with daily details such as shopping, taking medicines, making appointments, and organizing finances. Financial support should include a regular salary and benefits. The evangelist's work is to talk about the overwhelming grace of God and what he has done in human life, the overpowering love of the Father that is calling people back to himself and offering to set their twisted lives straight when they open their hearts to the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ. Therefore, evangelists are basically obstetricians, having to do with birth, and teaching-pastors are pediatricians, having to do with diets and diseases and the need for fresh air and exercise. ‣ Anyone who exercises the gift of teaching and shepherding within the church is a pastor-teacher whether he is full-time at the work or not. Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for. It is not that any new truth is being added to the Scriptures, but the whole body of truth which is given is taken by those who have the apostolic gift and is imparted to new churches wherever they begin. This is from the hands of the apostles and the whole church rests squarely upon that foundation. First, apostles;], second prophets, third teachers... (1 Corinthians 12:28a RSV). Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. OpenBible.info Then there is the nervous system in our bodies -- that which galvanizes, which stimulates, which makes us alert and active. A building can easily demand more attention, more money, more emotion, and more division than t… There is no other line of truth about Jesus Christ. They are not to be bosses. Might say pastor why all this stuff about buildings. Philippians 2:3-4. When Paul describes it as a building, he makes clear it is a living, growing building. The evangelist's task is not to go about denouncing sin. In Verse 11, the Apostle Paul says concerning Jesus Christ, ...his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the body of Christ. Church Events Calendar. That is the prophet's task. He is the one who named them apostles. It is not to expose the horrors of hellfire, and to hang sinners over it until they writhe and tremble. When the Bible speaks of a “church,” it means believers in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27; Romans 12:5). We agree a church can receive monetary contributions to carry on its work (Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. I said, "The only one I have ever heard of in that list is Benson, and I have never seen any particular qualifications on his part to be an apostle." If it does not rest there, it is a very rickety, uncertain structure indeed. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? 6:19; Eph. N And on another occasion he encouraged people to give. Luke 14:13-14 ESV / 948 helpful votes. If we think of the church as a building, then we are studying the blueprints, the architecture of it, the plan of the designer. I don't know if this church declined—I do know that it has relocated. If you take care of the building or the place we call the church without taking care of the real temple of God, the body, you are committing the highest degree of hypocrisy. To return to the figure of a building, an evangelist is the quarryman, the man out in the rock quarry who digs the rock out, cuts it loose from its basic structure, and breaking it out, separates the rock into smaller pieces. If it becomes overactive we become nervously indisposed. B Our subject is the building and maintenance service of the church. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Evangelists and teaching-pastors work together, just as the apostles and prophets work together. Taking care of the temple of God. That authority is the special mark of an apostle. L You lay it squarely, securely and strongly, for the whole building is going to rest on that foundation and will derive its strength from the solidarity of that foundation. The trouble is, they do not have his address; they don't know where he lives. He talks about a building growing, but buildings don't grow -- bodies do. Then we come to the third ministry here -- evangelists. They are New Testament prophets, and there are others mentioned. P Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? ‣ Yet, too closely identifying a local body of Christ with a building diverts the focus from the identity of the church as a community of called-out ones, as well as the tasks and functions of the church. This is always the task of an apostle, to start new churches. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Perhaps he does it deliberately in order that we might capture the thought of something living, a living body, a living building. J No other church has any apostles, but the true church of Jesus Christ had apostles." In a very real sense, good pastors try to work themselves out of a job. Where there is strength here, that strength will be imparted to the whole church and the church will become powerful again. The digestive system takes food which is quite unlike flesh and transforms it into flesh making it a living part of the body. R I said, "It happens to be the original church with the original apostles." This is beautifully reflected in Peter's second letter. The teaching-pastor then becomes the stone mason, the one who shapes the rock, puts it in proper form and fits it into the building in its proper place, according to the great blueprint of the Architect. Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 6 helpful votes They have no greater privileges and no greater authority, as individuals within the body of Christ, than any other Christians. Certainly the Apostle Paul is one. That is the foundation. So he located property for the building, but rather than throwing his royal weight around to get a good deal for it, he insisted on paying full price. They are usually boys just out of college.) Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. He is forever dealing with the great proclamation that God has not left man in a hopeless condition but has made a way at great cost through the cross and the resurrection, by which men and women who struggle on in their endless fight against the deteriorating forces of life can be set free and given a new start and a new basis for battle. This corresponds to the apostles and their function in the body of Christ. Billy Graham has this ministry, along with the gift of an evangelist. It is the message of hope and of joy and of gladness. If you are a bit surprised by that title, let me reassure you: We shall not be talking about the janitorial service. At times he seems to mix his metaphors together. It is the foundation which makes all the difference. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the … ‣ Caregiving involves physical care—help with getting dressed, grooming, and getting around. T But whether the church is regarded as a body or a building, there are four functions within it which are so universally needed and so mutually shared that we must consider them independently from the other gifts that Christ gives to his people. But David didn’t care because he was passionate about the house of God. And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This church is not a mainline church, but an LCMS church, but either way the trend of relocation is clear. In a previous message, I suggested that these four functions correspond rather roughly to the systems of our physical body: There is, first, the structural system of the body -- the bones and the muscle forming a skeleton that makes it possible for us to move and walk and act. Where there is weakness here, there is bound to be weakness in the church. More than building. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. ‣ That is a far cry from the New Testament. These four functions cannot properly classify themselves as a particular group different from the rest of Christians. How do you get into the church? There is no other information to be given about Jesus than the apostles have given. The men who bless your hearts at Bible conferences are speaking as prophets, making the truth clear and shining and gripping. The newspapers recently carried the suggestion of a minister, or clergyman, that a union be formed of clergymen. It is apostolic truth. He may call people's attention to that which is causing them so much misery and heartache in their life, but his job is not to denounce sin. In this church we have not one pastor or three, but thirteen. ‣ Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. The house may look very beautiful, may be impressive, outstanding, but when the storms come, it falls. Or the Apostle Peter. Program Organization Each leader plays an important role in meetinghouse cleaning and care. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. The apostle says the apostles and prophets are given the job of laying the foundation. (Ephesians 2:19-22 RSV). In terms of the ministry, from the top of the administration on down, its emphasis must be on "feeding the flock." They are sometimes made of very hard, resistant materials. Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Someone who stands before and causes the word to shine -- that is a prophet. This is linked with the pastor-teachers. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. One of the most amazing things happening in human history today is the structure and building of the church. But an evangelist goes further. The Old Testament was written by the prophets, and also there were New Testament prophets. Now how do they rule? We call them pioneer missionaries today. Here is the foundation, and upon this the church is built, and from this comes its strength. It is not the office that gives them the right to rule, it is the man and his gift before God. If I want to know what an apostle says, all I have to do is turn to the New Testament, and there I find it. There is no other way into this body. Therefore, the church is not a physical building for religious worship. God is building a building that will be for his habitation, not only now but through all eternity. If we fill up, we’ll just have to start talking about expanding the building. Later on there were other apostles. If you spend all your time thinking about your needs and wishes and forget about His, then don’t expect Him to solve your problems. Linked with this is the work of a teaching-pastor. No, the church's foundation was laid by the apostles in the testimony they have given to Jesus Christ, "the truth as it is in Jesus," (Ephesians 4:21). As Christians, we need to get our eyes off the superficialities to the reality of this -- to hear and see the exciting things that God the Holy Spirit is doing in our midst, the way he is taking us and shaping us, molding us and knocking off the rough spots, and putting us into place. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. August 15, 1960 A frame building, burned June 14, 1969. Q This has nothing to do with full-time, part-time or any other relationship to time. But if the teaching pastors do not show in their own lives an example of what they teach, they have no other authority. (This is a claim they consistently make.) We were discussing, in the presence of an interested party, the differences between the teachings of the Mormon Church and the teachings of the Bible. There are also some in the New Testament who are elders, but are not called ruling elders. That is not the task of an evangelist. They said, "How could this be?" ‣ Some scholars feel the term derives ultimately from the Greek word, "to be heir," as if the clergy had some special privilege in the body of Christ that no one else had. We have seen that you don't become a member of the body of Christ by joining a church. Billy Graham's ministry is not the only kind of evangelism there is. The terms “elder, “overseer,” and “pastor” are used interchangeably in the New Testament to refer to the same office or leadership position in the church (Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7; 1 Pet. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Another builds on the rock, and his house will stand, Matthew 7:24-27). Or the Apostle John. We can easily recognize the importance of the nervous system to the body. He had the gift of a prophet and his writings have been helpful to people in explaining the revelations of the apostles. If you are a bit surprised by that title, let me reassure you: We shall not be talking about the janitorial service. It has helpful notes written by Dr. Cyrus Scofield who was not a clergyman, not ordained to the ministry, but who was a lawyer, a layman. They lay the foundation. All of them are especially needed in today's confused world. ‣ But the prophetic gift is to interpret that authoritative word and so to explain it that the truth becomes clear and vital and compelling. 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