Bill Brady 1/6/2019
You are functioning in 5-fold Office / Ministry.
- You are on a Journey.
- We are on the same Journey.
You are on a faith journey.
- You are journeying into the light of increasing revelation of Hidden Mysteries.
- You are journeying with a community who have joined you in your journey.
Revelation comes to a faith community through those in offices and ministries.
- The teacher reveals the principles that they receive revelation of in the word.
- The prophet reveals where the community is on the journey and the steps ahead.
- The shepherd gathers the community around the revelation.
That revelation comes from those in Offices and Ministries.
- The evangelist preaches the word planting it as a seed into hearts.
- The apostle fathers and receives big picture revelation.
- The community journeys together into revelation.
There are 5 Offices and 5 corresponding Ministries.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, …” Ephesians 4:11-12
- Those in the Office of Teacher, for example do the Ministry of Teaching.
- You equip the saints to do the Ministry of Teaching.
- Teaching begins with receiving revelation from the word.
There is a difference between an Office and a Ministry.
- We will use the Office of Teacher and the Ministry of Teaching as an example.
- Those in the Teaching Ministry receive revelation from the word and teach it.
- One in the Teaching Ministry doesn’t necessarily stand in the Office of Teacher.
- Those in the Office of the Teacher equip others to teach.
- Teachers learn how to receive revelation from the word and teach it.
This same principle applies to the other 4 Offices / Ministries.
- Those in the Office of Apostle function in Apostolic Ministry.
- And equip others to function in Apostolic Ministry.
- Same for Prophet and Prophetic Ministry.
- And Evangelist and Evangelistic Ministry.
- And Shepherds.
I find the distinction between Office and Ministry very helpful.
- We can see what we are functioning in.
- We can see how we are to function with respect to others.
We journey on the personal and corporate community level.
- We see journey especially in the life of Abraham.
- We see from his example that the faith community is actually a family.
- The family journeys together to a Promised Place.
- For us that promised place is the full stature of being like Christ Jesus.
“… till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… ” Ephesians 4:13
This is the journey that the Universal Ecclesia is on.
- I see that you are on the same journey.
- You are not here by accident.
There is a next step on the Journey for those in the 5-fold Offices / Ministries.
- I believe that all believers are to function in Apostolic and Prophetic Ministry.
- This is an entrance into the order of Melchizedek.
We have started a conversation for a reason.
- Your turn to speak.