Author: Ron Graham

Ministry

Diversity of Gifts and Ministries
—Three main kinds

In the New Testament church, there was a great diversity of ways in which people served God as stewards of the gifts he had given them.

1 Foundation Ministries

Gifts And Ministries That Laid The Foundation For The Church

The apostles and prophet's were the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:19-22).

Their inspired word was confirmed by workers of various miraculous signs (Hebrews 2:1-4).

The church today has access to the ministry of the apostles and prophets through their writings just as, for example, Timothy did (1Timothy 3:14-15).

2 Leadership Ministries

Gifts And Ministries Which Provide Leadership And Instruction For The Church

The evangelists and shepherds guide and teach the church to edify it (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Their administration is supplemented by ministers in charge of non-teaching duties (Acts 6:1-6)

These ministries need no direct inspiration from God. Timothy the evangelist is an example again. He relied on the Scriptures for his ministry (2Timothy 3:14-17, 2Timothy 4:1-5)

3 One-another Ministries

Gifts And Ministries That Enable Every Member Of The Church To Help In Some Important Way

Each one has received a gift which he or she should employ as a steward of God's manifold grace (1Pet 4:7-11).

Among these general gifts and ministries are:

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