|16. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries:
God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts
which each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of
the church and of humanity. Given by the agency of the Holy Spirit, who
apportions to each member as He wills, the gifts provide all abilities
and ministries needed by the church to fulfill its divinely ordained functions.
According to the Scriptures, these gifts include such ministries as faith,
healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation,
compassion, and self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement
of people. Some members are called of God and endowed by the Spirit for
functions recognized by the church in pastoral, evangelistic, apostolic,
and teaching ministries particularly needed to equip the members for service,
to build up the church to spiritual maturity, and to foster unity of the
faith and knowledge of God. When members employ these spiritual gifts as
faithful stewards of God's varied grace, the church is protected from the
destructive influence of false doctrine, grows with a growth that is from
God, and is built up in faith and love.
(Rom. 12:4-8 1 Cor. 12:9-11, 27, 28 Eph. 4:8, 11-16
Acts 6:1-7 1 Tim. 3:1-13
|[ROM 12:4-8]  For as we have many members in
one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many,
are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then
gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy,
let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith Or ministry, let
us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching Or he that
exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity
he that ruleth, with diligence he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
[1 CO 12:9-11]  To another faith by the same Spirit to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit To another the working of miracles to another prophecy to another discerning of spirits to another divers kinds of tongues to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
[1 CO 12:27-28]  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of headings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
[EPH 4:8]  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
[EPH 4:11-16]  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 fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
~Choosing of the Seven
~Overseers and Deacons
[1 PE 4:10-11]  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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