Purpose of this Session
Each and every person has something unique and valuable to offer the Body of Christ, and our service to the Lord and to His people is manifold. It is important for us to realise that there is no definitive list of ‘ministries’ in the New Testament. The Scriptures however do give us a partial insight into some of the varied areas of service in the Household of God.
We will briefly consider some other specific ministries that are mentioned in the Scriptures which are functioning in the Body of Christ and to which the Lord Jesus might call you.
“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.” (Romans 12:4-8 KJV)
“So God has appointed some in the church [for His own use]: first apostles (special messengers); second prophets (inspired preachers and expounders); third teachers; then wonder-workers; then those with ability to heal the sick; helpers; administrators; [speakers in] different (unknown) tongues.” (1Corinthians 12:28 AMP)
In this list Paul mentions prophetic ministry, those who minister or serve (deacons), teaching and ruling or leading (eldership). He also speaks of those who are particularly called to ministries of exhortation, mercy and giving, miracles, helps, administration and government among others.
1. Exhorters and encouragers in the Body of Christ
2. Ministers of mercy in the Body of Christ
3. Givers in the Body of Christ
4. Workers of miracles
6. Gifts of Healing
7. Administrators and governors
8. Tongues and interpretation
What is important to recognise is that there is a broad diversity of ministry in the Body, but all are working as one to fulfil the call and commission of Christ.
“For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:16 AMP)