STUDIES ON "MINISTRY"
"MINISTRY" IS A GIFT--AN ANNOINTING--GIVEN TO EVERY ONE OF US. IT IS ALWAYS--BY DEFINITION--SERVICE TO OTHERS. IT IS NOT AUTHORITY OVER OTHER BELIEVERS. THE GIFTS OF MINISTRY ARE VITAL SINCE THE BIBLE SAYS THEY ARE GOD'S PLAN TO BUILD THE CHURCH--HIS KINGDOM IN THE EARTH. THE BIBLE DESCRIBES A GLORIOUS CHURCH IN THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS--A CHURCH IN WHICH THE GIFTS OF MINISTRY FLOW THROUGH EVERY MEMBER OF THE BODY--WITH CHRIST AS THE HEAD. PLEASE STUDY MINISTRY FROM THE BIBLE!
Ministry, What It Is--What It Is Not, According To The Bible...........This is a booklet that studies ministry from the Bible. Biblically, ministry is service, and NOT authority over others. Yet the church has very strong tradition which contradicts Jesus' defintion and example. This booklet studies history and points to where our wrong ideas and practices have come from...............click here to download
Christ the Head........x502.....The Bible states without reservation that Christ is the Head--with all power and authority--over the church. The word also tells us plainly that ministry is NOT authority over one another--but service--as demonstrated to us by Jesus Himself in His ministry. We cannot serve two masters--only Christ is the "head of the corner"--and we are not to call one another master--only Christ is our master. All this fits into the church operation in the Bible--but it does not fit into the operation of our church of man's tradition?
TEACHING ON EPHESIANS 4.............x74.............A detailed teaching on this incredibly important part of the Bible--which presents Gods loving plan to build the church, the ministry gifts in all the body
Wanting Luke 4:18........x457.....I believe that most Christians today are very very close to what God wants. We all want to see people get saved. We want to see people get healed--and be delivered from the snare of the devil. We all want to see the poor fed and clothed. Most of us realize that God inside of us desires these things--and most of us live for the times when God works through us to reach out to the lost and the sick and the needy. But perhaps we are missing one final step in the ministry of Christ and the fullness of what God wants. Do we really desire to see others freely released to serve God and minister? Do we really want to see the whole church in ministry? Do were really want the apostolic method--the picture painted for us in the book of Acts?
The WhoWhatWhy --of ministry and church government......x452.....Who what why where when and how. This bible study directly answers these questions about ministry--authority and the operational plan that the Bible gives us for the Christians church. We need to turn away from our traditions which hinder God--and embrace the bible operational plan for the church
Psalm 68:18--the establishing verse for ministry--Does anybody know this?.....x280..Our quiz question for every pastor and minister: What is the Old testament verse which establishes the "5-fold ministry" of the new testament? Answer: whether anyone knows it or not--whether anyone likes it or not--it is psalm 68:18. An incredibly little known or studied verse, which states rather clearly that these gifts of ministry are given to humanity--to every one--even the rebellious! Do we know this at all? Has anyone ever studied this at all?
speaking the truth in love.........x307........The areas of the Bible which speak of new covenant ministry gifts are always attached to the love of God in a big way. Read these verses in the context that God set them in. You will see that there is no way that ministry is authority over others--it is the way that God will operate through all of us together--the way for us to be glorious in Him--the way for us to speak the truth--but the truth in love. The promise of God is that if we will strive toward His glory--and freely encourage one another to these ministries--the love of God will be poured out into the earth--what an incredible promise!!
0601...........Jesus' Example of Service To Us............In Philipians chapter 2, Paul describes the attitude that Jesus had in operating His ministry. Was it "authority over others'? No. It was meekness and humbleness and esteeming others greater than Himself. This is what ministry is, if we were to use the Bible to define it.
X04.04..........Summation...........This is a summary of the major points brought forth in this website. This is real, practical advice that the Bible gives us on how we ought to live out our ministry. Ministry is the "stuff" to do. Authority and tradition and format are the things not to do. Here are some of our ideas on how it could be done--what the church could really look like, and what you can do as an individual to find and operate in your gifts and truly serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Teaching--what We Lack.........x463.......Very powerful tradition in the Christian church says that most Christians need weekly teaching--which comes from one man--for their entire lives. The teaching of one man is the central focus of "church"--and occupies a large part of what Chrstians do when they are gathered together. We would challenge you to study what the Bible says about teaching--who can do it--how it should work in he church. The answer is that teaching ought to be simple direct and Spirit lead through any individual--and NOT from one single man--over and over and over again!
The "hidden" apostolic command.......x330......When we read the Bible as it is most often translated, it seems as if there were only a handful of special people who were named out as apostles. this could lead us to believe that only "some " people are really called to ministry--or even worse that the apostolic age has ended. The truth is that the traditional way of translating the Bible is to leave the word "apostollos" untranslated--and to translate the Greek apostello as the word "sent"--in English they look like two different words--yet they are really speaking the same meaning. this Bible study translates some of the hundreds of uses of the word "apostello"--from which we will find that it is used many many times--and in fact we are all to be "set at liberty" as Christians--to freely serve God
AN OUTLINE OF THE PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL CHURCH OPERATION..........This is an overview of what we ought to do as Christians. Read it. Take it to heart. Do it. The Gospel is meant to be sown "in season and out of season" The Gospel is a continuous work for all believers to actively participate in. There is no "big or small" ministry--the service of all believers is precious and valuable to our Lord
X04.19.............Only The Pastor Can Do That---right??............"Teaching"--"doctrine" in the church. It must be very Biblical that only the pastor is allowed to do this--right? It certainly is a rather strictly adhered to rule within the church--right? Isn't it the same guy every Sunday who does all the teaching? This MUST be in the Bible somewhere--right? Guess what--it is not! Did you know the Bible says that anyone may teach?
X04.20..........Ten Thousand Teachers---Zero Apostles!!..........The Corinthian church was scolded by Paul for having too many teachers--and so getting away from the purpose of the Gospel and the operational plan of apostleship that he (and Jesus) had demonstrated. Could you church take this advice too?
Who Can Be a Prophet?.......x374.....In the Old covenant, only certain special anointed people were chosen of God to be prophets. However, there is a clear and radical change about prophecy in the New Covenant. "Sons and daughters" may prophecy--and the church in the bible operated by this principle--they understood the vital importance of the prophetic gift in every born-again Spirit-filled Christian. the prophetic gift gave the operational instructions from God. There are mighty promises of God in the Bible if "all prophecy"---why don't we strive to this high calling of God?
X04.03.......Laying on of the Hands of the presbytery--sounds impressive!!............The authoritarian tradition of the church makes us translate the Bible in certain ways. We "read" our ideas of "church " and "ministry" into the Bible--and this can make us look at things from a wrong perspective. We believe that ministry is a rarity--but in fact the Bible describes a quick release to ministry--and the passing on of ministry gifts--something called "release"--have you ever heard of it?
Be Like Jesus---Minister!!.........x138.......The Bible clearly tells us to walk (live) out our lives like Jesus did. And what did Jesus do?---Ministry!!
Just Exactly Who is "sent"/Someone had to be an apostle.......x304.....What is an apostle? Is it a saint of old which we don't need in our modern day and age in the "pastoral" church? Did you know that it was Jesus fervent prayer for all of us to be apostles? And that the Bible says that people will not be saved unless someone does the work of an apostle? You are an apostle and you don't know it!
What Is Ministry?........x453........Do Christians really know and understand what the ministry of Jesus Christ consisted of? Do we really understand that He desires to operate this ministry through all of us today? Luke 4:18 describes Jesus ministry. The gifts of ministry are simple, yet important anointings which we are meant to operate within all the members of the body of Christ--so that the chruch will be glorious--so that the church will look like Jesus
Leadership Is Not Biblical If it Does Not release Ministry.........x354........Jesus defined leadership as service to all--and He brought the free gift of ministry to all those who believed in Him. Jesus released all His authority to groups of people whom He called apostles--He released thousands--The clear example of Biblical leadership is to release others to freely serve God. We have no Biblical right to "hold under authority"
So How would it work?........x489.....If---we operated as if ministry were a gift in all of us--not a title of rulership or authority over others. If---we repented of our "dark ages" concepts of what "church" is supposed to be. If --we truly followed the example of the church in the Bible--fully and without compromise. What would it look like? The answer is glorious--simple--quick and effective. Read this Bible study to truly understand what is being said at this website
X04.02......Experience--Our Greatest Enemy!.........Here is a simple concept that we should all understand.....Ministry, is God, working through someone to serve the needs of others. Would you agree with this? Of course! Now, God is in all believers.....right? Therefore, ministry is for all believers. You may beleive that I have made up my own doctrine by these conclusions--but they are absolutely in the Bible--IN CONTEXT. Where? Ephesians chapter 4--somebody read the BIBLE!!
Proved and tested and tried..........x515...........In order to be a "minister" you must first be tested and proved and tried---right?? Well, exactly what are the "tests and proofs" and who has the right to test and prove an try you?? The "pastor"? If we used the tests in the Bible, probably about 80% of Christians would be qualified as ministry (yes--"5-fold" ministers!!--apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers--and yes--pastors!!). The church would then become a place of function--on a common level--as true brothers and sisters. Bottom line: Christ within all of us would be able to carry on His purposes through all of us--in other words more people would get saved--healed--delivered--fed--and set free to minister to the Lord. In other words we would have an uncontained revival that would sweep the planet! Or--we can continue to sit in church every week, and wait for the glorious day when the pastor finally notices that we have a gift--a day which more than likely will never come
X04.08..........Fighting Our EXPERIENCE.........Perhaps the biggest battle we may have as Christians is not to be found in the world, or with sin, but rather with our own experience. Experience tells us certain things about ministry and authority and the way the church should "work". Here are some experiences that you might think are right, but are in fact, Biblically wrong. God has bigger and better ideas than tradition and experience give us, If only we can open our hearts and see that God is so much bigger than the "box" of our church experience!
What Is "Church"?......X109K....The biggest problem in Christianity is that we go to "church" before we have ever studied the Bible. We "see" something that calls itself church--but is it really correct? Are we using the Bible to define our actions and operations--or are we just blindly following tradition?
Jesus Did Not Have Altar Ministry......X109L...The book of Hebrews makes a point to tell us that Jesus was not born to the tribe of Levi--He was not a priest--an "altar-minister". So, why is it that "altar ministry" is so overwhelmingly prevalent in the church? Is it possible we are missing Jesus' ministry in our functioning together?
X0607..............The Timetable of Ministry............How long does it take for someone to "get into ministry'? Tradition makes us misuse the Bible, wrongly define ministry, and the end result is that it takes years for someone to get to the point where they can serve God. Satan knows what the Bible says--less ministry means more people in Hell.
X04.13...........Jesus' Authority Is Not Like the Scribes........Jesus preached "with authority". We often interpret this in only the respect that Jesus had power when He taught. But, the full meaning of this is that Jesus released power to others when He preached, He handed over authority to His followers--the principle of release which is actually part of the Gospel itself
Luke 4:18--Jesus/church--all the same ministry!.........x480.......In this important verse of Bible, Jesus outlines His ministry. He names 5 aspects to it: the Gospel, healing , deliverance, releasing apostles, and feeding the poor. Literally everything that Jesus did in the Gospels can be categorized under one of these 5 headings. But, exactly the same statement can be said of the church in the Bible. They simply and effectively carried on Jesus' ministry by continuing His apostolic method. This is how Jesus worked, and the church in the bible worked the same way--does your church operate this way?
Jesus description of a good pastor--John 9-10........x233.......There is only one place in the Bible which deals with pastoral ministry definitively. If we study it carefully, and in context, we will find that Jesus in these chapters, makes an apostle, and calls this release to ministry a good pastoral work
The "Officers" of the church in 1 Timothy..........x338......Most Churches operate by a system of church officers. A hierarchy of authority--a chain of command. this entire concept comes to us from church tradition outside of the Bible. But, doesn't the Bible say that there are "offices of bishops and deacons within the church? We must look carefully at this. The word which is translated as "office" in 1 Timothy 3 is simply not there! It is, in fact, the word "diakonos" which means servant--(the word which is most often translated as "minister"). These are instruction for servants--NOT the setting up of a hierarchy of authority or chain of command!!!
To Set AT Liberty............x422.........Jesus saves---Jesus heals-----Jesus delivers-----Jesus releases! It took the church hundreds of years to recognize the 1st 3 statements made here--that salvation and healing and deliverance are gifts of God through Christ. But we still have not realized that apostleship--the setting at liberty to freely serve God--the free release to minister--is also a gift of Christ. For hundreds of years, tradition put all these things under "church control"--3 are free, but ministry still is not. It's all about freeing Christ to do His ministry fully again in the earth
What makes up the body of Christ?.....x370......The description of the new covenant church is as a body, made up of varying parts, each of which has a function, which falls under the categories described--Some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
Study on hebrews--"Assembling Together" Explained in context!-- X539........."Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together" What does this mean? Most think it means "meet together, on Sunday, under the authority of the pastor--make your offering--and be quiet most of the time in church." Study Hebrews chapters 7-10 for yourself--read this verse IN CONTEXT! The Bible tells us exactly what "asembling should and should NOT be about.
Hierarchy--only in the OT.....x527........We think that in the new covenant, God ordained "offices" of ministry. We use this idea as the basis of much of our church operation. It's wrong! It simply is not in the Bible--it is not in the Greek!! The word "office" (Greek: "hierateia") is used only to describe the old covenant Levitcal priesthood, not the new covenant ministry gifts. The word "office" was inserted by the experience of translators of the dark ages--to satisfy the church system of Christian kings (rulers who exercised absolute authority over their subjects--no wonder the Bible is filled with these type of words!!)
2 Corinthians 9--all about giving in the NT.......x534.........This area of scripture talks to the new covenant Christian church in the area of giving. Only one thing is out of place--NO TITHE!! Open your Bibles and your hearts and honestly study all that the Bible says about the tithe. Read it all--in the context that God set it in. The tithe was the amount Israel had to pay the high priest of Jerusalem, as an offering for sin. All the giving in the new covenant church was toward the poor--for the needs of any who ministered--not just to the "leadership". Open your Bibles and your hearts and honestly study all that the Bible says about the tithe
What God Could Have Said--But He didn't.........x371......When God wrote the Bible, and He was going to relate the new covenant gifts of ministry, He could have easily related them to the Old Covenant Levitical priesthood. But He didn't. Instead He related the New ministry gifts to psalm 68:18--one of the most little known or little studied verse in the Bible--which says simply and plainly that these gifts are given to all of us, not just to a delegated, designated, anointed, appointed, group, who has authority over the rest of the church.
X04.21..........Does Your Tithe Really Rebuke the Devourer??.........What do YOU do when Satan comes knocking at your door? If you know anything at all as a Christian, you rebuke the devil with the blood of Jesus--right? Okay, go back to the old testament. Israel did not have the blood of Jesus--right? So God in His mercy gave them something else--the blood of animals--as a sin offering, and He honored this blood to rebuke the devil. The blood of these animals, came from the tithe. You don't need to pay tithe to rebuke the devourer, you have been given the blood of Jesus, the lamb of God, by grace, not by works
the Bible Doctrine of Instant Ministry....x139......The word of God teaches by doctrine and example that ministry is a gift given unto every one of us. We see Saul, converted, baptized in the Spirit and immediately ministering. This lines up perfectly with he requirements for a person to be a "deacon"/minister--there is no time requirement for ministry
X0610...........What Really Went on In the Upper Room ............Christians have been so brainwashed by the repetitive nature of their meetings, that they see it in the bible where it really is not! The upper room was about the Gospel, not a "church service".
The Proof of a deacon..........x161........Are there requirements for someone to be a minister? The Bible gives the requirements in 1Timothy 3:1-16. Tradition reads these out of context and limits ministry--why shouldn't we allow everyone who qualifies by the Bible standards to serve God?
Pastors instead of Apostles....x373.......We have many many pastors in Christianity today.we operate the church by pastoral authority--something which cannot be found in the Bible--and is Biblically defended by the vaguest of scriptures. On the other hand, the word of God is filled with apostolic ministry. Our sad situation is that we have a misdefined concept of pastoral ministry, and totally ignore apostleship--one of Christ's greatest gifts
X04.22.............What TO DO With Your Money...........Give to the poor. Let the Lord lead you. Use your resources to directly further the Gospel in every way you can. Don't give to yourself!
X0604.............The Poor Ministers......."Ministry" according to the Bible, has the right to ask for help from others, including monetary help. The big point we miss is that ministry is for all of us to do at different times, as God decides. Not, "full-time--paid--professional" ministry.
One Body--Many Parts--Each has it's Own function.......x258.......We never study ministry from the Bible. Most of us think we know all about ministry--we are spectators of it every Sunday in church--right? Study ministry as a Bible doctrine--you will find that in every place where ministry is doctrinally defined, it is always prefaced by the concept of the church being a body--a group with many parts--each with it's own function. The function of each part of the body--is ministry!
serve -love-lay down your life........x299.......Jesus taught us to obey His commandments--which is described in one word--LOVE--to God and our neighbor. We are all meant to love God--and demonstrate this love by loving and serving others. Service is ministry--we are all meant to minister to others--it is the command of the Lord.
All teachers /repent from dead works..........x125..........The writer of the book of Hebrews offhandedly makes the statement to the people to whom he is writing that "by this time all of you ought to be teachers". Yet another Bible example of the gifts of ministry being "unto every one of us".
Feeding the Poor which are Our Brothers........x492...............WE have a concept of giving within the church that usually goes something like this: We all give our money to the leadership--and God leads them to use it for His purposes. Is this Biblically correct? The simple answer is no--at least if we look at the new testament. In the old testament, there was the need for a Levitcal priesthood--a group of specially chosen ministers--who operated in the temple--with the purpose of taking the tithes (the 1/10th Holy offering of Israel) and making sin offering to God for Israel's sin. The new covenant specifically annuls the Levitcal priesthood (see Hebrews ch 5-10)--and the need for this type of offering. So, how did the new covenant church give? The plain answer was that they gave to the poor within the church. The offering and collection of money was for "the saints" NOT for the leadership. It was Spirit-lead--not lead by the law of the tithe--and it was direct to the needs of the poor within he church. In fact, Jesus says we will be judged on this specific point!
Disciple to apostles--and back again!........x18.......Ministry is a function--a gift--an anointing--NOT a title of rulership over others. When the followers of Jesus were being taught by Him they were called disciples (students)--when He sent them out to carry His ministry to others, they were called apostles (those who are sent). Ministry is a function!
Good Works---Beautiful energy........x491.....Good works are for all of us to do. Now, the Bible says we are not saved by our works "of the law". These good works are not our obedience to God's law--what the Bible means when it speaks of good works--is ministry--serving God by operating in His purposes (see Luke 4:18)--spreading the Gospel--praying for healing and deliverance--feeding the poor--and releasing others to freely serve God (apostleship). Our energy is meant to serve God--not earthly things--not money--we all are called to serve God--which means we all have a ministry to fulfill.
What would it look like--.........x481......What would it look like if we all suddenly began to operate the church just like it was operated in the Bible? The answer is that we all would be free--that we work together freely--as the Spirit lead. And the plain fact is that it would be easier than trying to operate the Roman chruch which we strive so hard to build! It would be simple--direct--inexpensive--yet very effective to do what God wants--which is--to get people saved--healed--delivered--fed and released!!
Among You........X09........A very simple Bible study, which it seems very few have ever done! Look up the words "among you" in the new testament. Look at the bit of advice that Jesus gave, about how things ought to be "among us".....He only asked that we should treat each other as equals, and NOT exercise authority one over another.
Why There Are Unsaved People In Church....X09....Have you ever had the experience of bringing someone to church who was not saved, and having them leave in the same condition? Do we realize the Bible gives a promise that there is a way for anyone who comes into our meetings to believe?
Polarization in the Church........X09.........Since we are not following the new covenant plan for operating the church we create polarization of function. Since we are sure that believers need to see a repetitive example that tells them that "ministry" is something they are not in...we are truly not all serving God and He is the One who is short-changed.
Ministry--No Big Deal!..........x479.......This study looks openly at all the verses in the new testament which speak of ministry. The Bible is filled with ministry--everyone was doing it--it was simply direct effective service to God's will. It was the gift of the anointing upon every believer. It was NOT a title of rulership over others--it was NOT an exclusive club of leaders. One of our main purposes in this website is to encourage every Christian to open up their Bible and study ministry freely--without the prejudice of experience. Study ministry for yourself--and you will find that ministry is your gift and calling--a grace--a gift--"given unto every one of us"
Study on the Book of Hebrews .........X109D.pdf......The book of Hebrews is very important for all Christians to study, since it tells us many of the changes from the old covenant and the new. Do you realize that this book tells us that we should not operate the church by tithes and offerings, and preistly/pastoral authority? Study the Bible for yourself.
John 17..........x231..............In this chapter of the Bible, the word "apostello" is used 7 times. Jesus is saying here that He was an apostle, He had sent out apostles and operated His ministry by apostleship, and, He also says that all of us are to be apostles--since this prayer of apostleship was not just to those people back then, but to "all those who believe on Jesus through the word of the apostles"---that's us!!
Ministry--Born--Not Created......x252........Our church experience tells us that "ministry" is something that comes after many years of work in the church--after certain schooling and training. Do we really recognize the Bible fact that ministry is given unto every one of us--and that these people who serve God are what God wishes all His children to become? "The Son of Man is as a man who has gone on a journey, and given His authority to His servants and to every man his work" (Mark 13:34)
"we have received....apostleship".........x490.......In his salutation to the Roman church, Paul makes the direct and simple statement that we have received grace and apostleship. We understand what grace is--the free gift of salvation through Jesus offering at the cross and His resurrection from the dead--our free gift of eternal life by faith in Him. But do we realize that we all have also received apostleship? Paul here is stating that the church is meant to operate apostolically--that we are all to be set at liberty to freely serve God--and NOT be under the authority of one another
Moses seat NOT to be in the church.........x477......The Pharisees sat in the seat of Moses. This seat was the earthly representation of Christ's seat in the heavenlies--the seat at the right hand of God--the seat of all power and authority. Jesus unseated the Pharisees. By the old covenant laws, they had perfect right to have authority over Israel--but Jesus clearly brought a new rule to the new covenant. He was to be the ruler of the church. He was to be the Head of the church--to have all power and authority--and we are all members of His body in the earth--none exercising authority over another--there are to be no seats in the new covenenat church--no rulership but that of Christ
Calling.....x145.. ......The word of God tells us that we are all called--and that this calling is our ministry. When we simply study the word calling from the Bible we will find that all are called to serve God--The Lord saved all of us with a purpose for our lives.
Disciples to Apostles.......x165.......Jesus gathered disciples (students) from the common people, He taught them for a brief period, and then He released them to be apostles--to all the ministry that He did!---Quickly, since ministry is a gift.
The NT Church--A church which was carrying on Jesus' ministry.........x474......Jesus' ministry had 5 parts. They are outlined in Luke 4:18--they are the preaching of the Gospel, the feeding of the poor, healing the sick, deliverance from the enemy, and the making of apostles. The 5 gifts of ministry are simply the anointings which Christians have been freely given to operate Jesus' ministry. The example of the church from he Bible was simply a group of people--doing exactly what Jesus did--doing Luke 4:18. We have a different church system and other goals which have been given to us by tradition, which divert the full effectiveness of Christ within every member of the body.
John 6--the whole chapter........x523.......Study with us this chapter of the word of God. We will see the message and action of release that Jesus brought into the world. Release was a central part of Jesus' ministry--He "sent away" all the people--He released everyone who believed. Question: Isn't "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever?". Question #2--where is the release in our churches today??.
A TV Show That Does Better Ministry Than The Church....X109J..There is a TV show that gives a better example of what true ministry is than the traditional Christian church. And God does bigger miracles here than on Sunday.
What if the demoniac of the Gadarenes Came to Your Church?........x369............This man was severely demon possessed. Jesus not only cast those demons out of the man--but released Him to ministry--which is exactly what he needed in order to keep the devil out of Him. Are we ready to do the same in our churches today? Or have we lost faith in the power of God--the power of the Christ within--to do ministry in even the most severely oppressed?
Operating the church on a Parable!!..........x471......We all know what a "pastor" is--right? We experience "pastoral ministry" every Sunday--over and over again--right? But, what is the basis for pastoral ministry from the Bible? What does the Bible say about "shepherds"? The fact is, that most references in the Bible about "sheperds" are actually parables--not doctrinal teaching. The few areas that mention sheperds, are in fact comparative teachings which relate spiritual lessons--NOT doctrinal teaching about church operation.
The preface to Ministry.........x334........Each time the Bible speaks of the gifts of ministry, they are prefaced by a description of the body of Christ--the church. ministry, when studied in context, is clearly described as being within the entire body of Christ--as the operational plan for the church--NOT as rulership titles or hierarchal authority.
Walking through Ephesians......x3..........We are all saved with a purpose. Our salvation is a free gift--not by works--yet if we read this verse in context in the book of Ephesians, the word tells us that.."For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (eph 2:10). What are the good works which we are to walk in? NOT the works of the law--we've been saved from them--rather the works of ministry--the working of the gifts which have been "given unto every one of us"
How did Paul become a minister?.......x34.......Paul, our most definitive, new testament ministerial example, makes the clear statement that he did not receive his ministry by man--but as a gift from God. In history we find that all the gifts (including the gift of salvation by grace!) were stolen from the church. Rather we should say that the church was redefined by Roman emperors, the common people being made functionless peasants--(not really even considered to be the church)--and under the dominion of the leadership of the church--authority gone mad is the tradition of the Christian church--a tradition which separates us from the simplicity and purity of the word which comes to us through our example Paul.
The Hidden Apostles............x120..........The word "apostello" is used hundreds of times in the New Testament. Jesus and the church in the Bible operated by apostolic authority. This study simply relates all the scriptural uses of this word.
Pastoral Authority--something Like This?.......x470.....What is "pastoral authority"? Would you say that it is something like this: God has set some in the church who are in authority over the rest--and if you submit to their authority--it will benefit you? Jesus had a real problem with this idea in Luke 22: 25-29. Let the word of God change your heart.
Submit--Over and Under.......x464......Many of the misconceptions we operate the Christian church by come from these three words---misinterpreted--taken out of context. Which lead many to say that "God has placed some people in the church in authority"----we are to submit to their authority--they are over us---and we are under them. Dare we study these words in their Bible context?
The One Man Who REALLY Understands the Bible.......x459.......Biblically, there is no such thing as "clergy and lay people". This concept comes to us from the church of the dark ages, when only the local priest could read. He was also the only person who was allowed to read the word of God--unfortunately he read it in Latin--a language which most of the people did not understand! Now, of course we do not follow these ideas today--YET--we still operate our Churches with this same idea. We still sit quietly "under the authority of the pastor"--the one person in the church who can teach doctrine and read the word!
Pharisees in the Seat........x455......In the Bible we often read about the Pharisees and their dealing with Jesus. Have you ever been taught that the Pharisees were simply a "legalistic cult" within Israel? The Bible says rather that the Pharisees sat in "the seat of Moses". The Pharisees were in fact the delegated authority over Israel--they were the correct rulers of Israel--the people who were rightfully (according to the old covenant) "in authority" over Israel. Jesus' dealings with the Pharisees reveal the fact that He was undoing old covenant government--and bringing in a new plan--where He was the Head of the church, and all Christians were functioning members of His body--serving one another and NOT exercising authority one over another
2Cor 3 Says there are 2 types of ministry--OT and NT.......x447.......What's the difference if we get our church plan and operational system from the old covenant or the new? After all it is all God's word--right? Many preachers often teach about the Bible being "all God's word"--which is certainly true--however, shouldn't we set the entire Bible in the context and order which God set it in? If God made changes from old to new--shouldn't we operate by the new changes? whether we realize it or not, the new testament calls the old testament ministry--the "ministration of death"--and states that it ought to pass away!.
minister---diakoneo..........x121...........A minister is a servant. Ministry is service to others--and specifically NOT authority over others. Study all the uses of this word in the Bible
New Testament church functioning--We haven't forsaken the assembly--we've forsaken the house!....x257......The house of every Christian is supposed to be the house of God--the operational place for the church. What if we really did things this way? What if we had houses that fed the poor and witnessed the Gospel to the lost--and prayed for the sick and brought deliverance to those in need? What if??.
Pastoral Authority--An Imbalanced teaching.......x263........"Submit to authority"--Submit to them that "have the rule". This half-verse in the book of Hebrews, is, in fact, one of the major operational basis of the traditional Christian church. The problem is that we have no definition of "them that have the rule over". We teach this and operate our Churches out of balance when we do not Biblically define the Greek word "hegeomai". This one Greek word is translated as "have the rule over" in Hebrews 13:17--but this very same word is used in Luke 22:26--a very little known or taught verse, yet vitally important, since it is Jesus definition of "rule"!!.
Pastoral Authority--it benefits me --right???........x264......Within the church, God has "set the pastor"--the person who "has the rule" the person who "has authority" over the rest of us. If we submit to this authority, it will benefit us. If you have been taught these concepts--please open your Bible and read Luke 22:25-29--Matthew 20: 25-27--and Mark 10:42-45.
Rule rule who's got the rule??........x293......We are taught to "submit to authority"--or to "submit to them that have the rule". This is a large, common basis of Church operation. The common roman Sunday worship format is based upon this concept--of submitting to the rule of the leadership. We as Christian spend a large part of our time "submitting to rule"--"sitting under" ministry. What we have done is to stress one side of the story--we know Hebrews 13:17--but do we know Luke 22:25-26?? Jesus defines rule--as NOT authority one over another. Jesus says that Christian ministry is NOT authority over other Christians. This is how He operated His ministry--and it is how the church in the Bible operated. Jesus operated under the direct authority of God the Father--the church in the bible operated under the direct authority of Christ--the Head of the church.
The Scribes---Way under Authority.......x297.....Why does the Bible tell us that Jesus taught with authority--and the scribes did not? Jesus operated His ministry--He operated in His Godly authority in a perfect way--and that way was in total freedom. His authority came directly from God the Father. the scribes of Israel, in Jesus day and age, had put themselves under the authority of the high priests--as well as under the authority of Rome. when we put ourselves under man's authority, we cover ourselves from being in the diecrct authority of God. When we put ourselves under man's authority, we loose our own authority in God, just like the scribes.
Apostleship---what it really means.....x 510.........Most Christians probably have no idea what "apostleship" is. The Bible tells us that we all have been given "grace and apostleship" (Romans 1). We understand the grace--do we know about the apostleship we have who have been born-again have received?.
Tested and Proved......x322.....Have you ever heard the saying "you must be tested and proved" in order to be a minister? Well, this is true--that statement is made in reference toward ministers (deacons) within the church. However, since we take those words out of context--exactly what is the "proof--and the test" for ministry? Isn't it church attendance--education--and myriad of other requirements? did you know that if we dared to read those words in context, the Bible would qualify probably about 90% of all Christians for ministry?
WE Pay--Do They Obey?.....x367............The church in the Bible gave all of their money to the poor within the church--for any one who had lack. the leaders did not receive a tithe, nor did they use the money that they distributed for their own welfare. or just for their own ministry. They did not use the money to build a large building--the collecting of money was "for the saints" for all---not to pay the leadership who was the "full-time ministry".
X0626.........."Apostles"---How God gets people saved..........God, in the Bible, operated through apostles. The actions of apostles were the actions that got people saved. We think that god still works the same way, and the church ought to recognize this and do our best to follow this example.
X0627...........A Problem With The Pastor Being the Levitical Priest..........The function of a Christian pastor is, Biblically based on the Levitical priesthood of the old covenant. The problem is that in the old covenant, the priests had a set of rules to follow--limits to their authority. The Christian pastor has no real set of rules to follow.
X0629..............I Dont' Go To Church Any More...........More and more people are not going to church, but calling themselves Christians. Are they all "wicked evil church-hoppers"? Maybe they are people who are being lead by God. Maybe they have realize that they should not GO to church, but BE the church.
X04.24.......... "Holding forth the word of life;"...........A personal testimony about a plaque found in a large church--which uses the Bible to fit our experience. We think that the ministry is only for a few--but read your Bible! The context of this quote is teaching release to all the church to carry the Gospel--NOT a command of "ministerial authority" within the church--as tradition would like us to believe
But Wait!---You Need a "covering".......x377......Many teach that ministry needs a "covering". The idea being that every minister needs someone who is "in authority" over them in some way. This concept comes from an obscure, out of context verse in the Old Testament and has absolutely no example in New covenant church operation at all. What is very interesting is to research the word "covering" in the Bible. We then find that there is someone who has the ministry of covering---Lucifer!!\
Priest--To---Pastor .........x417.......Where do we get our concpet of "pastoral authority" from? It is simply the remnant of the government of the Roman empire still within our churches of today. We challenge all Christian to study the history of the Christian church--with an open mind and heart.\
SUBMIT--SUBMIT---SUBMIT!!!........x315.......What does this word really mean? does it mean to line up with military commands of leadership? And who exactly does the bible say we ought to submit to --is it the pastor? (answer--no!). Absolutely there is an annointing and gift of leadership within the church---but is that leadership due our complete and total submission? The submission of our will, (you can't talk back to it) our ministry (you can't serve God in any way that competes with it) and our money (you have to pay tithe for it's service)? Study all the uses of the word submit from the Bible--in context--and see what it really means to "submit"
X061 7..........Jesus Washes Feet........In John chapter 13, Jesus washes the apostles feet. Why? Do we ever truly study this, and make it an example? Do we understand the spirit behind this act?
WHEN was the Bible translated?........x425.......Whether we realize it or not, most of what we operate our churches by comes from the terms and translations used in the King James bible. This Bible is a very accurate translation of the word of God--however it was written in an era of Christian kings who had absolute authority and control over their submissive subjects. So much of this language is used toady to enforce ideas about authority and ministry which simply are not in he Bible, if we translate it properly without the prejudice and outright error of a bygone time.
X0614..........Don't follow the old covenant ideas..........Hebrews chapter 3 tells us plainly that we should not follow certain specific old covenant practices. Are we listening? Are we truly following the new covenant?
Links--ministry Limited To Leadership........x430............Many churches teach that only the "some" of leadership have ministry--and that ministry is authority over the rest of the church, and that this ministry is what operates the church. The New Testament Bible speaks directly against all of these linking concepts.
X04.06..............A Short List of things that the traditional plan of the church STEALS..........The tradition of church was devised by Satan to steal from believers and so rob God. He is a thief, and he wants to steal your time, effort and money
"Preaching"--Why Are We Yelling AT One Another?.......X109H......To preach means to proclaim with power! And many of us go to church and are "preached to". What's wrong with this? Well, the Bible tells us that we are supposed to be preaching the GOSPEL to the world--not yelling at one another!
X0620........Levitical Proportions--why are they in the new covenant church?..........Do you know what the Levitical proportion is? In the old covenant, only a few people could minister. The new covenant redefines ministry, so, why do so many churches operate by the Levitical proportion?
Jesus Mission Statement........x426........In Luke 4:18, Jesus describes His ministry in one verse. He clearly states that one of His purposes is apostleship--the "setting at liberty" of those who accept Him by faith as Messiah. Apostleship is a gift--just like salvation--it comes from Christ Himself. He desires to operate His ministry through the entire church.
Unity Based On Commonness............x436........The church described in the Bible had a unity based on commonness. they operated the church on a common level--specifically, ministry was NOT authority one over another. they had "one accord". this is not our idea of uniformity (file into church--file out--keep quiet)--this is described in the Bible as a rushing wave of God's power--in all the people. Does your church operate in this way?
WE Get the Blood---But What About the bread and Meat?........x508.........Most Christians understand about the blood of our Savior Jesus. We understand that He shed his precious blood for the forgiveness of all our sin--it is the blood which saves us and heals us ("with His stripes we are healed"). But--do we understand that Jesus also called Himself bread and meat? Do we understand the significance of the offering of Himself--His body--as bread and meat? We celebrate the Lord's supper--and know that "all are called to the table"--but do we realize that the bread and the meat are the release that Christ brings--for all--to ministry?!!.
Sabbath purpose..........x513.........The purpose of the sabbath day, according to the Bible, was for sanctification. The sabbath was for "getting your sin cleansed"--a day when most of Israel could not work--except for the Levites--the priests of the temple--who did their work of carrying on the activities of making blood offerings etc. which had the purpose of sanctifying--but only for a time. The rituals of the sabbath had to be repeated over and over again--since the "blood of bulls and goats" can only cleanse the flesh temporarily--But we are new covenant believers--right? We have the blood of Jesus Christ--which is meant to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God". Question to the 21st century Christian church---why the endless repetition of a sabbath ritual?.
Apostles--someone who is sent--not a title to bear........x117......Apostolic ministry was Jesus' first concern and the same can be said of the early church. Just what is an apostle? Do we have a clear Biblical understanding of this most important Bible ministry?.
Real Stuff About the Tithe........x514........Open your Bible with us--and study some of the concepts often taught which supposedly speak of tithing as a necessity for Christians. Let's look at these teachings in context--and take the Bible for what it says--instead of what our dark ages traditions say!
Acts 20----Give To The Weaker!!.........x533..........The Bible instructs us to give to the weaker among us. The church--as the Bible describes it, is a body of individuals--all who are unique--yet all have a function. Our tradition tells us that we should give to the strongest member--to the "person in authority"--exactly the opposite of what the Bible asks us to do. The question we humbly ask is this: what if--we gave to the poor within our churches? The Bible says we would be glorious if all ministered --and if all had the support needed to operate in ministry. What if?
1Thessalonians study//LKAR......x535........Read through his short book of the Bible and take notice of the nature and operation of the ministry described. The cooperation on a common level--the apostolic operation of brothers in the Lord. Compare it with our idea of pastoral authority and church format. Again as always we simply ask you to study these things for yourself!
1Peter 2--Jesus Shepherd/Bishop..........x536...........Often we have seen the very last verse of this chapter of the Bible--taken out of context. It is one of the very few places in the Bible which use the words "shepherd" (pastor---Greek: "poimen") and "bishop". This last verse is looked at--and immediately defined by experience and tradition--"You see--pastor and bishop are in the Bible--they're the rulers of the church--see it's Biblical--!" What if we read the entire chapter? What if we looked at what the Lord is speaking about--instead of our tradition and experience? If we did, we would see that the pastoral anointing--(as well as that of a bishop)--is the gift of releasing others to ministry--the act of setting others free to serve God--The exact opposite of our common tradition of "pastoral church authority"--!!
In order to be free in your faith--you must minister!.......x212............In 1Timothy 3, the bible seems to be saying some boring, familiar things about deacons within the church. If we translate this area of scripture carefully, we will see that the word of God is telling all of us that in order to be truly free in our faith, we must serve God!
Philip asks a doozy.....x518.........In the book of John, the apostle Philip asks Jesus a question--to "show us the Father". Jesus answers with a simple explanation of how the power (authority) of God is going to be distributed in His church--in His kingdom. Is it just to "some" people who then exercise authority over the rest? Nope. The authority of Go d, comes direct to ALL BELIEVERS--from Christ Himself--and not through others--NOT one over another amongst ourselves. Well, where did we ever get such an idea in the church (ministry=authority)? Study history and you will find out.
Peter==Pater--papa--pope--priest---pastor......x519........The tradition of the Roman church tells us that Jesus designated Peter to be the first "official" leader of the church. Their tradition then lays all their experience and traditional changes upon these verses (Jesus was naming a "pope"--who is the "official pastor of the official church--who "owns" the priesthood--a priesthood which we carry on with our concept of "pastoral authority") We go a long way in the wrong direction on some simple verses. Jesus was simply prophesying and releasing Peter to lead --but how? What does Jesus and later Peter say shepherding or "pastoring" really is? Guess-what! It's the annointing to release others to serve God---somebody read the Bible!!
A list of people that Paul worked with (fellow soldiers--apostles)......x520......Historians and theologians often line up with the common tradition that Paul was somehow a "one-man" ministry show who went out and got the whole world saved--all by himself. Some will admit that he did always work with others--but they still believe that he was the "great leader" of the early church. The bible truth is that Paul was simply the guy who had the job of writing the letters to the churches, after he and his fellow apostles had brought the Gospel to an area. They all worked together--as equals--each doing the part that the Leader commanded. Oh, and who was the Leader? Simple; Christ the Head of the church--speaking to His people, through the leading of the Holy Ghost. God as the Leader----what a concept!!
Jesus requirement--NOT money--ministry!.....x524......Jesus made a requirement to His followers (one that is soften overlooked by our traditional way of reading the Bible!)--that was to serve God--to minister--to walk out a priesthood in the earth. We in our tradition of church have a requirement---MONEY. Isn't this true? Can you "get ahead" in your church without giving money to the leaders? Can you attend your church without giving "properly"--as tradition ordains? Jesus' system will get more people saved--if only we would adopt it in place of what we are so sure is "RIGHT"!!
Does Christian "Ministry" Operate By The Rules of Show Business?.....X109E....If someone wants to get into show business they need to get a break and they need to have a certain type of talent that pleases lot's of people. Ask a minister. Most of them will tell you that they got into ministry by the same rules.
Conviction........x528......Unnecessary conviction---it's entrenched in our church tradition--since we allow the old covenant in the new covenant church--in specific ways that we are not supposed to.
All In Rome Are Apostles---how About You?........x124.......Apostleship was common in the church of the Bible. It is tied in with the gift of salvation--the gifts which Jesus gave us of healing deliverance salvation and apostleship. In the book of Romans the Bible tells us that we cannot reach the lost unless we are "sent" (apostello)
Disciples to Apostles (the training method of Jesus)........x352........Jesus taught people, healed them, delivered them from their afflictions, and preached to them the Gospel of the coming kingdom. But then He did one final thing--He released them freely to serve God, He made them apostles--(people who are "set at liberty"--see Luke 4:18). The church is meant to operate exactly the way the Jesus did--to be His body in the earth. Why don't we want to operate the same way? It would be so much more fun!
All Teachers/ Stuck in 4th Grade..........x126........Continuing the thought of the previous study, we ask the question where we came to our strict rules about whom can teach within our churches
the format and the Pharisees........x180........The Pharisees were the righteous authority of God in Israel, yet they had become bound by tradition, and specifcally Jesus said that they shut up the kingdom of God from the people--which means they stood against ministry in anyone but themselves.
Flock of Ministers#2.........x178.......The word flock has been taken out of context, by church generations from the dark ages (specifically the Roman church) and used to lead us to believe that the church consists of a shepherd, who is, has, and does, all the ministry, and a "flock" of people who are functionless in God (other than to serve the needs of leadership) and have no ministry. The bible truth is that the flock is a group of ministers.
Complete In Him.......x497........The Bible tells us plainly that Christ is the Head of the church--and the head of every man. We as individuals are complete in Him--we will only be fully what he wants--we will only reach our full potential as Christians if we operate completely under His authority. Jesus told us specifically--3 times in the Gospels--that amongst ourselves we are not to exercise authority one over another--specifically not to operate in his manner as the world does.
Jesus Saves---Jesus Heals---Jesus Delivers---Jesus RELEASES!.......x482.......In the Bible this is what Jesus did. This is also how the church in the Bible operated. They understood clearly hat He was alive in them--and would and could operate His ministry through them as a group (this is what apostleship was all about!) But history shows us that all the parts of Jesus' ministry were stolen--claimed to be under the authority of the church organization--under the authority of the earthly leaders of the church. Hundreds of years ago, Jesus was left out of the picture completely. but history tells us a wonderful story--God has been restoring the ministry of Jesus, back into all His church--!!.
Jesus was taught of the Father and sent too!.......x40.........The apostolic ministry of Jesus is clear in he Bible. He was sent (Greek: apostello) of the Father--instructed of the Father--to lay down His life (ministry)--and to heal save and deliver those who met Him with faith--but also to "send" them. Jesus certainly made apostles--but His apostolic instructions are for His followers (including us!) to also send one anther--to release one another--to set one another at liberty--to freely serve God. Jesus was an apostle of the Father--he made His own apostles--and all those who believe in Him through the word of those apostles--are to be apostles too!!.
Nice People--Bad System.........x475..........What we are saying through this website is simply this: we have within the church a worldly system--wrong ideas given to us by tradition--ideas which occupy our time together, and misdirect our efforts for God. These things stop us from being the glorious church of the Bible. But we cannot reiterate this enough--the people who are "in ministry" are the the very best of us. They are nearly always the most zealous and godly people--WE love all our brothers and sisters in Christ--it is just that there are a lot of nice people in a wrong system.
Principalities and powers.......x467........Principalities and powers are the words the Bible uses to describe ruling authorities. This study looks at every verse which refers to ruling authorities. The bible tells us that authority is found in 3 places--heaven (Gods' authority) hell (Satans authority) and the earth. The first two are obvious--however, the authority in the earth, i s clearly only to be found in man's worldly governments--and NOT in the church. There is no "church principality"--there is biblically no "pastoral authority". The church in the earth is not meant to be a physical kingdom ruled by man. Christ is the Head of the church--Christ with ALL authority and power.
What Have I got Against Tithing?......x454.......Answer: it limits ministry. When we operate the church by the tithe, we are singling out the leadership as the "true ministry"--and ignoring and subverting the ministry which is meant to flow through all the church. Therefore we limit God--we ignore the poor which are among us--and the end result is that people go to hell, since we are not all working together to get them saved, the way we should be!.
The apostolic plan for the church........x452A...........We operate our churches by the pastoral system--something which comes to us from tradition--(specifically from the Roman empire!). Here is a simple description of the apostolic plan which the Bible gives us for the church.
Yes, But Only Jesus Can make an Apostle.......x448.......Study the word "apostle" in the bible. Look up the word "sent" and you will find that in Greek it is "apostello". You will find that apostles are all over the new testament and central to the operation of Jesus' ministry as well as that of the church described in the Bible. Tradition tells us that the apostolic dispensation has ended--the apostles contained in the bible ought to be revered (perhaps worshiped!)--and looked at as distant examples. Tradition says we ought to build a pastoral church--something which has no real Biblical basis. What if we operated by the apostolic method described in the Bible?.
2 Cor 3 Says there are 2 types of ministry--OT and NT........x441........Whether we realize it or not, in most of our church systems, we operate ministry mostly by old covenant rules. Well, why not? We defend this by saying that the Bible is all God's word, and therefore we can operate by any part of it. Absolutely the Bible is all God's word--but we must take it in the context which God set it in. There IS a new and an old covenant. The new overwrites the old. And in 2corinthians 3, the new clearly says that there is a difference between old covenant ministry and new covenant ministry--and that the old ways need to go
the full discernment of Jesus........x25.......The story of the demoniac of the Gadarenes should teach us some important lessons. 1. Jesus, sees a demon possessed person--when we see someone in this state, we congratulate ourselves for our "discernment" and run the other way! 2. Jesus casts out the devil--some of the more adventuresome of us might leap to this level of faith--but--3. Jesus releases the formerly demon possessed man to serve God fully--He sees a minister--an anointing inside of the worse person--Do we do this? Do any of our church systems allow for the free and immediate release of people to ministry? Jesus did it--why not us?.
walk into Damascus.........x363..........How is it possible that Saul of Tarsus--the enemy of the church, could be converted, baptized, and begin preaching in a matter of days? Well, for one thing he went tot the right church--at Damascus they understood clearly that ministry was a gift "even to the rebellious". But for another, the sowing of the word of God (which is the definition of ministry) comes from incorruptible seed which always accomplishes it's purpose--and will bear fruit at the right time. Unfortunately, our church tradition with regard to ministry produces abundant rotten fruit.
Ordain elders.......x260.........The Bible tells us in 2 places to "ordain elders". When we read this through or church experience, it seems to be saying to us that we ought to appoint some people to be in authority over the church--right? Why dont' we read it through the experience of the writers of the Bible. They were speaking about people who were older, who were organizers of home church meetings. A simple, yet incredibly effective method for growing the church--and something which we toss aside in favor of our tradition of a big church building operated by "professional" ministers.
All Uses of the word poimen as shepherd.....x123.......A word which is used far less often than apostle is the word pastor (Greek: poimen). the word pastor is only translated thus once in the New Testament Bible and therefore is largely undefined (although if we search hard enough we can find the definition that Jesus gives us!) Here are all the uses of this word.
NT church by OT Rules....x261............We operate ministry within our churches based largely on old testament ideas. We have a Levitical priesthood within the church. We build temples to God. Just these 2 concepts steal the ministry that the new testament says in supposed to be in all the body--and steals the priesthood that every Christians is supposed to be operating in. The clearly abolished old covenant ideas were placed in the church hundreds of years ago, and have been stealing the ministry and preventing Christ from being the Head of the church--and continue to do so today!
READ THIS CHART--This chart gives a "visual description" of the concept of the Levitical priesthood within the Christian church. It illustrates many of the old covenant ideas which have been clearly and specifically done away with (please read Hebrews chapter 7-10!) in the new covenant.
Pastoral Authority--something Like This?.......x265........Have you been taught something like this: God has set some people within the church--who are the ministry. They have God's authority over the others within he church, they "have the rule" and it is the Lord's will that we submit to this authority. If you have been taught these concepts--please open your Bible and read Luke 22:25-29--Matthew 20: 25-27--and Mark 10:42-45.
Paul sent Epaphroditus.......x272.........Tradition, which comes to us from past churches which worshiped saints, has prejudiced us toward the true actions of the people in the Bible. For example it is often thought that Paul was this incredible "one-man-show"--an exceptional, miracle working man who single-handedly spread the Gospel around the world. The fact is that Paul was an apostle--which automatically means that he always worked with other people. and in fact, in this instance, he says he sent Epaphroditus--a "fellowsoldier" (someone who functions under all the same apostolic authority that Paul had)--and in fact Paul calls Epaphroditus the apostle in his instance, and not himself. Proving once again hat ministry names are not titles but functions of people--and that ministry is common to all people--including apostleship.
The Pharisees under roman rule.......x275.........The Pharisees sat in the seat of Moses. The were the rightful governmental rulers of Israel in Jesus' time. But they had put themselves under the authority of Rome. In so doing they lost their authority from God. Along comes this carpenter from Nazareth--not born a Levite--not a Pharisee--not a scribe or an elder. Rebellious to Roman authority--(He tells his people not to operate by the system of the kings of the Gentiles which is Roman rule). He functions fully under the authority of God the Father--and does miracle after miracle. He demonstrates God's authority over sin and sickness--and the devil--by NOT putting Himself under the authority of the Pharisees--or Rome! What a Savior we have!.
Promotion ?--within the church??.........x279...........In essence, the system described in the Bible is one of immediate and automatic acceptance of a person's abilities and gifts, and immediate use of these gifts. But we are under 2,000 years of tradition. Tradition, which whether we realize it or not, has placed many of the world's sytems and ideas within our ideas of church operation. In the body of Christ described in the bible--there is no top but Christ! It is disobedient to even think that some people are "over" others in the church!
Paul said he had the power to lead other apostles......x281.........If we consider the Bible as our example of ministry, we will find that Paul says clearly said he has the authority from God to release other apostles. In fact, there are many places where this is said--it is plain that it was common practice--and in fact a common goal to release as many as possible to serve God fully. This was one of the central operational principles that Jesus had taught and demonstrated to His followers--and the church which followed operated in this fashion. So what's our excuse for not operating the church in free release of ministry?
Ransom--Matthew 20.......x283..........In this area of the Bible, Jesus describes new covenant ministry as laying down one's life--as giving oneself as a "ransom". the word ransom means in the Greek to liberate--to set others free by your actions. This then is the description of Christian ministry--one of serving others--laying down ones' life--specifically NOT authority over others--rather it is meant to be the act of setting others at liberty--releasing others to freely serve God.
Romans 6:22--Become Servants.........x290.........This area of scripture tells us that before we were saved, we were servants of sin. But, after we are saved, we must serve God in order to obtain our sanctification--in order to truly fulfill all that God has planned for our lives. The Bible urges all of us to serve God--to be ministers to His will--can anyone disagree with the statement that we are all meant to fulfill our service to God in our lives? Then why do we not hear more teaching on this subject--and operate our Churches in a way which allows everyone to actively serve God?.
Jesus was taught by God the Father.......x30..........The pattern of the new covenant ministry was teaching with the purpose of release--discipleship which leads to apostleship. Jesus Himself said that he was taught by the Father--and sent (Greek: apostello) by the Father. Jesus operated His ministry by this same pattern--He taught and released--He turned disciples into apostles. And the same pattern is apparent in the church described in he Bible--Saul spends a few days at Damascus, and is released to serve God. What other pattern should there be for us?
Shepherding is something people do--not a job title........x300..........our misconceptions about pastoral authority come from out-of-context, half-scriptures which we fit into our church experience. Why not read the Bible by the experience of the writers--and study what is really meant by the pastoral anointing
The Sunday Morning Whipping........x318.........the church in the Bible met anywhere the Spirit lead. One way was an assembling of themselves together (which was a long--perhaps days long meeting for all to be refreshed and filled with the Spirit)--this meeting was done only occasionally--as the Spirit lead. The daily meeting places were the homes of any Christian--or literally anywhere 2 or 3 were in agreement--including the temple of the people who were trying to put them in jail--the Jewish priest and elders! history has changed this--turned our meeting together from Spirit lead to law driven--and taken away the apostolic freedom which Jesus gave and translated it into the authority of man--thanks to the Roman empire!
the One Way Pulpit.......x320........Do you have a pulpit in your church? Does it look like a Roman column? (hint-hint!!). Tradition, which simply is not to be found in the Bible, says that one person within the church has the right to teach all the doctrine, and without questioning in any way. Why do we spend so much of our operational time together "under" the pulpit?.
Them that are "over You"........x340.........On a handful of occasions in the Bible, the wording of the King James Bible uses the terms "them that are over you" --or "them that have the rule over you". This is the experience of the King James translators speaking--in a day and age when Christian kings were the head of the church and had absolute authority over their subjects. Let's simply take this greek word "hegeomai" and look at Jesus' definition--as found in Luke 22:25-26. We will find that a leader is specifically NOT someone who is to exercise authority over the others.
They Broke Bread together........x342............The church after the day of Pentecost is described as having "fellowship" and "breaking bread together". When we read this things we lay on our concepts which come from tradition. We think this means they had social fellowship dinners together--and that they celebrated a ritualistic re-enacting of the Lord's supper. Wrong! Study the Greek meanings of these words and come to the understanding that they were actively serving God in these activities. Their fellowship was ministry, and their breaking of bread was a time to plan the activities that God wanted them to accomplish on a daily basis--what a great way to operate the church!
Tithing Is Of The Law.........x348.......The tithe was the Old Covenant offering for sin. In the New covenant we have a better offering, the blood of Jesus, which is better than the blood of animals, or the offering of grain. The tithe is a legalistic doctrine and stand against the simple New Covenant teaching that ministry is a gift given unto every one of us. It singles out one person who is "the minister" and therefore limits the move of God in our churches.
Tithing---what does the Bible say?--really!..........x349.............The tithe was the 1/10 of Israel's herd and crop that God considered as Holy unto Him. It was Holy for the purpose of being made an offering for sin. It was also used to pay the Levites--the priest of the Old Covenant, who had a full-time ministry, preparing the meat and bread and making the daily offerings properly. It was all necessary in order to forgive sin. In the New Covenant we have a better sacrifice--the blood of Jesus. In the New Testament, there simply was no tithe--all the giving of money and possessions was Spirit-lead--and to the poor--to those who had lack--NOT to a special group of people who were priests--instead all Christians were considered to be priests unto God--they all understood they had a ministry to fulfill for the Lord--and did not need to make sacrificial offerings of meat and bread and the blood of animals---the tithe.
Titles of distinction?..........x350..........Very powerful tradition in the Christian church says that some people among us have titles of ministry which bear authority over others. But the Bible shows us plainly that ministry is a function--an operation--an anointing--NOT a title of rulership. Yes ministry has authority--the authority to teach the Gospel (to rule over sin)--to heal the sick (to rule over all manner of sickness and disease) and to cast out the devil (to rule over the enemy and his strongholds)--but specifically NOT authority one over another amongst ourselves.
Under.......x356........Christians are experts at understanding what it means to be "under authority". We have been taught it is somehow vital to be "set under authority" in our church system. In the Bible there is only one person who says he is "set under authority"--the Roman centurion. He is describing the Roman form of government--the kingdom of the Gentiles--which as Jesus says, is all about one person exercising authority over the rest---NOT to be among ourselves!!.
The gifts and calling are without repentance........x362...........It is commonly thought that this verse means that if a person has ministry, God will bring it out in them. Wrong! If we study this verse in it's context, and define the words carefully, we find that this verse is saying that God has given gifts and has put a calling upon everyone (see psalm 68:18!)--even those who have not repented and accepted Christ as Savior.
We are all evangelists.....x364.........If we simply define the word evangelist Biblically, it means "one who bears the Good News of salvation". The Bible tells us plainly that we are all called to be evangelists--this is a function--an operation--an anointing--NOT a title for only some Christians to bear (and how much better it would be if we worked together and turned our evangelism into apostleship!)
Who Put In the rules?....x376........It is amazing how we operate our concept of church by out of context teachings which are handed to us by tradition. "God is a God of order."--this is often quoted to enforce the ideas of pastoral authority--of formatted church service--in which only the leadership can pray or operate or be heard within the church. Do you dare to read this verse in it's Biblical context and find out what kind of "order" God really desires and commands within the church?.
Why don't people get saved when they walk into our church?.......x384..........Have you ever invited an unsaved person to Sunday meeting, hoping they would accept Christ--and nothing happened? they walked out just as unrepentant as they walked into church. Why? perhaps it is because of incorrect operation within our church format. The bible tells us that if all prophecy (NOT just the leadership--the pastor--the "altar ministers"), the unsaved are sure to be convicted of their sin and come to the Lord.
Jesus--His Pastoral Ministry.....x39...........Do we ever consider Jesus ministry as the example of pastoral ministry? He said that he was the only true and right shepherd (pastor). do we ever consider His example of teaching with the purpose of release as the correct example of pastoral ministry? Or have we tainted pastoral ministry with a worldly system based upon money?.
Why Didn't the Scribes Have authority like Jesus?.........x393...........The Pharisees were the right and correct rulers who had authority over Israel ( a little know Biblical fact in itself!). They did not have the same authority that Jesus had--because they wasted their authority with rule over others--with positions and title and satisfying man instead of God. Jesus demonstrated exactly what not to do with God's authority. We should not be like the Pharisees in any way.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit.......x405...........The teaching that the gifts of the Holy Spirit--and their ministration--are unto "every man". Our "Spirit-lead" churches believe in this--the question is, do we operate the church by the instructions and command of the Holy Spirit--who will speak through "every man"?.
Ot to NT Changes WE ignore........x446......Darkness comes and covers us when we have not received the word from God. We are subtly turned back to old covenant operational systems (the ministration of death!)--which are clearly changed in the new covenant. Here is a short.list of 5 areas which we ignore by the traditional operational plan of the "church"--which is pastoral authority
MY Kingdom...........x407............Jesus' kingdom was one of servanthood, not rulership by authority. He said this in many ways throughout he Bible, and invited anyone to enter into His kingdom and serve the will of God
Dispensationalism That We all Follow.........x409.............The Spirit-filled church prides itself on believing that it does not believe in dispensationalism. the truth is that most churches operate with the concept that the apostolic dispensation ended, and God want us to operate the church by pastoral ministry (something which is unclear and undefined in the Bible!). We don't want the apostolic revival which the New Testament Bible describes--we want what we know--pastoral authority!
X0625..............Can King James Be Wrong?...........To believe in the infallibility of the King James Bible is comparable to the catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the pope. The KJV is a really good Bible translation, but it was done by sinful human beings who made some mistakes. Those mistakes have been handed down to us and they are specifically about ministry, authority and church operation.
Your Cross = Your Ministry--and any man can have it!........x421.........Jesus explained authority and rule many times in His ministry--unfortunately we in the organized church largely ignore His concepts. Are we like Peter whom Jesus calls Satan when he wants Jesus to operate with worldly authority? Are we like the rich man who obeys the commmandments by law--but does not want to give his money to the poor and give up His rule or authority?
Problem: Releasing Ministry.......x428..........We have a real problem with releasing one another to ministry within the Christian church. Many of these reasons come from age-old misinterpretations of the Bible which give us misconceptions about ministry and authority amongst ourselves.
X0621..........Ministers always impress us............The idea of a "minister" is someone who impresses us, who has a certain power from God. Is authority what ministry is supposed to be about?
X0623........Why wasn't Jesus born a Levite?........Why didn't Jesus come as a pastor? Why didn't He collect tithe? The bible says it is because He did not seek to glorify Himself.
Galatians chapter 1:1-15 New Living Bible........x56..............Paul makes a big point at the beginning of Galatians, relating the fact that he did not receive his ministry from other people--specifically NOT from the elders or other apostles--he did not receive his ministry by submitting to authority!..
Saint Epaphroditus.........x58...............The early translators of the Bible worshiped the saints. They believed in titles of honor. We still suffer with this mistranslation problem--when we read of the functional titles of the ministry gifts (most especially apostles) as titles of honor and rulership--of "sainthood". this study proves out this truth--when we see Epaphroditus--not given the "title" of apostle.
The Real Principalities and Powers........x61...............Church tradition strongly emphasizes rulership and authority over the people. This tradition holds masses of Christians from being all that God created them to be---study history!
Sheep are the unsaved--sometimes..........x65................does your church function by the concept of shepherd and sheep? One of the problems with this concept is that according to the Bible, "sheep" are the unsaved--Christians are sons and daughters and bondservants of our Lord
authority to His servants (Mark 13).........x8............Jesus is described as a man who has taken a journey and given His authority to His servants--to every man his work. Authority is fo r all servants--not just for some--and His work is ministry--and it is to every man..
How did Paul become a minister?........x207...... He taught ministry as the gift of Christ--not as a qualification from man, a degree from a school, or a reward of working one's way through a church system. Is he the exception or the rule? And if not the rule, who has the right make the rules of ministry qualification--man or God?
Hit the Streets--With Your Anointing!.........x201...........The word of God in the book of Romans chapter 10 tells us how to be saved--but it goes on to ask how shall they call on Him whom they have not heard--and how shall they hear without someone speaking to them---but the final question is: How shall they preach , except they be "sent" (Greek: apostello). the Bible tells us that apostolic ministry is essential to the kingdom of God--essential to getting people saved--so why do we not operate the church by apostolic ministry, as the church of the Bible did?.
Hey Jesus--How Can we Get into Ministry??........x200...........Some of the followers of Jesus asked Him how they could do the same stuff that He did. He gave them an interesting answer--"eat me as meat and bread". What did this mean? It spoke of the priesthood of Aaron--but don't well all eat the bread of the Lord's supper as Christians?.
Every mans' calling.........x2............The Bible tells us that every man has a calling--and that calling is to serve God---ministry.
The Haphazard Method of getting people saved........x199.............We in most of our churches have the plan of accidentally getting people saved. We "hope" that God will lead someone to us. Did you know that this is unscriptural? We are supposed to be "sent" (Greek; apostello) to the lost, not the other way around. The Bible method for reaching the lost is apostleship.
Jesus sent away the people.......x217............Scene: Jesus has just finished feeding the 5,000. He is leaving on a boat--and He makes the statement that He must "send away" the crowds. What was Jesus doing? Was He just "dissing" everybody--telling them "okay okay--shows over--everybody go home!" Nope. He was releasing them--He was granting one of His free gifts--the right to freely be released to serve God.
.e-mail to a pastor...........x232..........Just what is a pastor? Well, he's the guy who runs the church--right? Well, if we go by the firm tradition of Christianity for 1700 years--this is true--on the other hand, if we were to look at what the Bible says a pastor is--we come up with an entirely different answer.
Likewise the Deacons......x241............1Timothy 3:1-15 are vital in understanding the operation of the church according to the Bible. But we must study these verse carefully and without our traditional interpretations based on our experience and the experience of previous church generations. These verses tell us that there are ministers who are not leaders--and they explain exactly where the "5-fold ministry" fits into the equation.
Pastor--Priest--Roman system--all based on the Old Covenant......x509..........Hundreds of years ago, Roman emperors created the system and format for the Christian church--based upon the notion that they had "declared" everyone a Christian--and now were simply interested in teaching and controlling the people who were "under their authority". They used out-of-context verses from the old covenant to do this---here's how..
Priests and Levites--the bad guys........x516...........Ever read the story of the good Samaritan? Sure you have. And certainly you caught the important lesson on how we ought to always help others who are in trouble. But did you ever study who the "bad guys" are in the story? Jesus was sending a message to Israel 2,000 years ago when He named the priests and Levites as people who only want to serve God in a nice clean temple, and don't want to do the "dirty work" that Godly ministry really is. Well, we don't have Levitical priests in our churches today---or do we??.
Power--but not to take money!.......x517........Take a look at this area of scripture, one which is often taught out of full context--which might lead us to believe that the"ministers" of the church have God's right to collect money for their "ministry". Our first problem is that we don't have the right definition of what ministry is--we say it is rulership with authority over others--rather than a gift which is given unto every one of us. What the Bible says is that it is alright for money to be given to someone's ministry (which could be anyone--NOT just the "official" people!!)--but it is much better if they work for themselves and pay their own way. Ministry is supposed to be free--and freely released and encouraged in all of us. Doesn't it just make sense that we could accomplish more for God if we did it this way??.
Jesus Teaching on money--and ministry.......x525......In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus delivers a simple teaching on money. He tells us plainly that we cannot serve God and money. These two things are at odds--they are in direct opposition to one another. If we minister and serve others freely, we will be avoiding the pitfall that the Lord is describing. It's the description of simple and pure ministry (probably all of us have done it at one time or another--it's great and completely effective!!!). But, where does our idea of church organization and operation come into this picture?.
Christians: On Full--or empty..........x530............Have you ever read the Bible and realized--or at least had the inkling that they were doing things differently than we do? We have firm traditions about how "church" should look and work. Our system ignores that fact that release ("setting at liberty"--literally "apostolic freedom"--the freedom to operate in ministry) was intrinsic to Jesus' ministry--an important part and result of the Gospel itself. This study looks at some of the places where the church "needs some work"-!.
Around the world--Again and Again!.....x531..........The airwaves are filled with "big-time" ministries--many of whom advertise that if you send them some money--they will finally fulfill the prophecy that the Gospel will be preached to all nations. Well, for almost 100 years the Gospel has been preached around the world by shortwave radio--so where's Jesus? Television signals have reached all the planets in our solar system--yet the Lord hasn't returned yet--right? Maybe we need to look carefully at the Gospel that Jesus proclaimed. Maybe it's the Gospel that we haven't fulfilled--maybe all the tools we need are there--we just need to get the true full Gospel message right--the message that includes release-!.
All Are Partakers of the Altar.......x116.......The priesthood and therefore the ministry of every Christians is spoken of in many places in he New Testament. We are all made priests unto God in this new Covenant we therefore all have a ministry to do for Him.
Do we Still worship the Saints?.........x168.....The worship of saints was a very early disobedience in church history--has it left ramifications which we still suffer from today with regard to ministry and authority
Not Exercising authority over one another--a NT Change from OT.........x135.......In the Old Covenant, there were only some people who operated under God's authority--and therefore had authority over the rest of Israel. But Jesus clearl y changed this in the New Covenant. The question is this: do we operate the church on Old Covenant or New Covenant ministry principles?.
church attendance--the prerequisite to ministry.........x152.......In order to be in "official" ministry within any church--one must submit to the authority within that church, and regular church attendance certainly is a pre-requisite. But, is this Biblical?
Collosians 2--body again!.........x154.......This section of the Bible speaks the same message found in Romans and Ephesians and Corinthians (and many other places as well). The fact that Christ is the Head of the church, all Christians are the church, and we ought to operate like His body in the earth--serving His will in every way on this common level from which we are to function.
DAKE.......x160........Dakes study Bible, a well respected Bible companion written over 50 years ago, defines ministry in this way, and has interesting statements on authority and ministry.
The understanding of the anointing--and the understanding of the anointing gifts........x187.......We don't understand ministry partly because the functions of ministry are in Greek (and Latin)--apostollos--prophetes--evangelistis--pastors--words which are left in Greek by translators of another age--and we still translate the Bible in this way (until you came across this website!).
Victory and the Gifts--a quick overview........x188....The ministry gifts are God's plan for victory over sin -sickness- and -Satan. But over history, Satan has pulled out all stops to limit their use.
Satan quotes out of context--Jesus puts it in context!.........x512.......When Satan tempted the Lord, he used out-of-context Bible verses, to get Jesus to act against God's will. Jesus' answer was to put the word in the context that God set it in. We ask you to always check any teaching -(including ours!) with full Bible context---and more deeply--are we really operating the church in the correct Biblical context?.
Judas had a ministry!..........x173.....Ministry is simply service--and everyone serves someone--whether we realize it or not. One can be a servant of Satan--or pose as a servant of God--Judas was a servant of God who sold out to the devil--but he was still a servant--we all serve someone.
freely ye have received, freely give.........x183............Sowing and reaping is the process of ministry. The Bible tells us that we have received Christ freely--and we are to give freely also. The Christ, the gift of Christ we have each received, is meant to be given freely--this is what ministry is: Christ inside of each of us reaching out to others.
The Expectation of "Ministry"....x175.......Our concept of ministry is a person who is better than the rest of us--closer to God--more important to God in some way. We are carrying hundreds of years of misconceptions and traditions with us in Christianity.