The Ministry Designed by God 2

The Ministry Designed by God 2


study guide for The Ministry Designed by God

by Rev. Jay Werman

Part II

-Responsibilities, roles and abilities. Compare Mat. 10:10; 28:19-20; Mk. 3:14-15; 6:7-13; 16:15-20;Lk. 9:1-5; 24:47-53; Jn. 20:22-23; 21:15-19; Acts 1:4-8.
The apostle has the ability to perform in all 4 ministries mentioned in Eph 4:11. This in ONE OF THE SIGNS that prove that a person has an “apostle ministry”, because IT IS NOT A TITLE. That’s why we need to TEST THEM according to:

Rev 2:2 “…and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”.

Many falsely used a title of “apostle” in the early church and many still do today but they were tested by using “Spiritual discernment”. 1 Cor 12:10, 1 Jn 4:1. Jesus said the following absolute truth:

Mat 7:16 “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”.

The principle applies to the ministerial gifts, which is “each tree will produce according to his kind” and Gen 1:11 expressed the same idea.

24 Apostles mentioned in the New Testament:
– Jesus Christ. Heb 3:1
– Simon Peter. Mat 10:2
– Andrew, the brother of Peter. Mat 10:2.
– John. Mat 10:2
– James. Mat 10:2. John and James are called “the sons of Zebedee”.
– Thomas. Mat 10:3
– Philip. Mat 10:3
– Bartholomew. Mat 10:3. Philip and Bartholomew were brothers.
– James. Lk 6:16
– Judas. Lk 6:16. James and Judas were “the sons of Alphaeus”.
– Matthew. Mk 2:14; Lk 6:15
– Simon Zelotes. Lk 6:15
– Judas Iscariots. Mat 10:4
– Barnabas. Acts 13:1-3; 14:4, 14; Gal 2:9; 1 Cor 9:5-6
– Andronicus. Rom 16:7
– Matthais. Acts 1:23
– Junia. Rom 16:7
– James. Gal 1:19; 2:9; Jas 1:1
– Timothy. 1 Th 1:1; 2:6
– Apollos. 1 Cor 4:6-9
– Silas. 1 Th 1:1; 2:6
– Titus. 2 Cor 8:23
– Paul. Gal 1:1; 2:8
– Epaphoditus. Phip 2:25

– Evidence that confirm that someone is called to the apostle ministry:

Operates in all the ministries mentioned in Eph 4:11, which basically means that such person moves in the following ministerial areas:

  • Preacher Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of evangelism by bringing people into Christ. Mat11:1

  • Teacher Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of teaching by forming people in Christ. Acts 5:42

  • Prophet Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of the Prophet by acting and moving in the gifts given to that specific ministry. All the gifts of Revelations, which are the gifts that use to “reveal an event that is connect with past, present or the future”. These gifts will be defined and explained in detail when we study “The gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Body of Christ”. The apostle will “rise and teach” prophets by guiding, forming and instructing them in the use of these gifts.

  • Pastoral Ministry. Operates as a Ministry of a Pastor by forming in different areas those that are called by God to execute this particular ministry.
    Overall, The apostle has these abilities given by God to develop in a healthy way the Body of Christ. »
    Operates in ALL the ministerial gifts, All the gifts of the Holy Spirits as it is expressed in 1 Cor 12:8-10 and in the 7 ministries of the Holy Spirit given to the church. Isa 11:2. Nowadays this ministry had become a “fruitless” a title and position.

As we keep defining and explaining the others ministries, the responsibilities and commission of the ministry of the apostle are expanded with more details.

II. The Prophet: From the Greek word “prophētēs” which means “one who, moved by the Spirit of God and it’s a channel and instrument.” Who solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events and in particular such as relate to the purpose of God. In the Scriptures there are2 types of Prophets:

Prophets that spoke God’s message: These prophets appeared in the Scriptures as “vessels of God”with a specific message. Prophets like Samuel Acts 21:10; Nathan 2 Sam 7:2; 12:25, Abraham is calleda “prophet” Gen 20:7. Elijah and Elisha were in charge of “school of the prophets” mentioned in 1 Sam 10:5,10-12; 19:20-24; 1 Kings 12:29; 13:1-32; 20:35; 2 Kings 2:2-15; 4:1, 38; 5:22; 6:1-7; 9:1. Judges 6:8-10; 1 Sam 22:5.John the Baptist Mat 11:1-13; 14:4; 21:26; Mk 11:32; Lk 20:6. Jesus is mentioned as “prophet” Mat. 21:11, 46;Lk 7:16; 24:19; Jn. 4:19; 7:40; 9:17; Agabus Acts 21:10, among others. “The inspiration gifts” through which God says something to the church. 1 Cor 12:10. We will define and explain each one of these gifts when we study the gifts of the Holy Spirits.

-Prophets that wrote God’s message: Prophets that were inspired by God to write a divine prophetic message that will reveal God’s purpose for man. Prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel,Ezekiel, Daniel, David’s writings like Psalms and he is called a prophet Acts 2:30, Moses was called prophet. Dt. 34:10. God inspired the Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16, which basically means that the writers of the scriptures had a special influence upon them at the moment when we were writing the divine message.

-Responsibilities, roles and abilities:

One thing we need to understand is that the role of the prophets in the Old Testament is different than the one in the New Testament. So, the focus of this section will apply to only to the prophet ministry that is given to the body of Christ in Eph. 4:11. Why? Because of the extensive material of the subject.
The main role of the ministry of the prophet is to be a communicator of God message, which involve the use of the following gifts:

1 Cor 12:10 “To another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues;to another the interpretation of tongues”. Anyone who claims to be a prophet and doesn’t have the manifestation of the gifts is an impostor or false prophet. The following list will help to identify false prophets:

By the interior spiritual state: Mat 7:15-20

By demonic power or influence: Mat 7:22; 24:24; Acts 8:9-13; 13:6-13; 16:16-24; 2 Th 2:8-12; Rev 13:1-18;16:13-16; 19:20.

By the type of fruit produced for their doctrinal teaching: Mat 7:15-20; 12:33-37; 15:1-9; 1 Tim 4:1-6;6:3-5; 2 Tim 3:1-8; 4:1-4; 2 Pet. 2.

By the outer behavior. Mat 5:20; 6:1-24; 7:15; 23:1-33; 2 Tim 3:5.
Jesus warned us about this type of false prophets that will rise in the latter days:

Mat 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”.

Mat 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. Compare with Micah 3:5

The lord rebuked the church of Pergamos for they allowed the influences of the doctrine of the Balaam the prophet, which put obstacles before Israel and to commit fornication. Rev 2:14; Num. 22, which can be compared with 2 Pet 2:15; Jud 1:11. This tells us that we have to search the Scriptures and compare any doctrine we hear or read if such is consistent with what God had said in His own word. Jn 5:39.
The prophet ministry has the responsibility to give God’s message with transparency and without pollution or corruption that the message might absorb while been given by the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul spent one chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians to explain how the prophecy must be taken from The Holy Spirit and given to the church. 1 Cor 14.

Evidence that confirm that someone is called to the prophet ministry:

Operates in all “the inspiration and revelation gifts” mentioned in 1 Cor 12:8-10, which basically means that such person moves in the followings ministerial areas:
– Operate in “the inspiration gifts”, which are as follow: Prophecy, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor 12:10. Through these gifts God says something. 1 Cor 14:22“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe”.
– Operate in “the revelation gifts”, which are as follow: Word of wisdom, word of knowledge,and discerning spirits. 1 Cor 12:8-10. Through these gifts God reveals something.

– 3 Basic elements that follows any prophet messages, which will determent if such message comes from The Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 14:3 “But he (the prophet) that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort”. The Holy Spirit does not inspire any prophecy out of context.
No man, nor organization, nor university can give a prophet ministry. The scriptures say about it that ONLY Jesus gives ministry.

Eph 4:11 “And he (Jesus) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”. Any person that had received a position or title from man it is totally useless. 1 Cor 3:10-15.





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