RECONCILIATION AND THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY GIFT TO THE CHURCH

THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRIES

The whole structure of the New Testament ministry is based on the five-fold ministries. We believe the five-fold ministries are necessary to carry out God's plan. We believe that each person is given a unique talent to strengthen the church of Christ, to perfect Christians and spread the word of God. We believe that Christ set up offices in order to establish the body of Christ until His return. These offices include apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Each office has a duty to carry out certain responsibilities, and the people who embody these gifts are trusted to hold the following:

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13

RECONCILIATION

Reconciliation is changing for the better a relationship between two or more persons. Theologically it refers to the change of relationship between God and man. We are naturally children of wrath (Eph. 2:3), and are at enmity with God (Eph. 2:11-15); but, "...we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son..." (Rom. 5:10). Because of the death of Jesus, the Christian's relationship with God is changed for the better. We are now able to have fellowship with him (1 John 1:3) whereas before we could not. So, we are reconciled to him (Rom. 5:10-11). The problem of sin that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) has been addressed and removed in the cross. It was accomplished by God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:18).

 

 

Last Published: March 6, 2015 4:20 PM