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Lesson 34 -Ministry Gifts

We have learned that the government of the Church is to be in the hands of the elders who are the bishops of the Church. The word elder describes the man. The word bishop (overseer) describes the office. The words pastor (shepherd) apostle, prophet,
evangelist and teacher describe the work.

In this lesson, we will look into the work of each of the five-gifted ministries. Ephesians 4:11-12

WHAT IS AN APOSTLE?

The Greek work is “Apostolos” meaning one sent forth with authority.

  • Lays foundational truths. Ephesians 2:20
  • Establishes new assemblies. I Corinthians 9:1-2
  • Is humble and sacrificial. II Corinthians 11:22-23, 12:11-13
  • Ministry is accompanied by signs, wonders, and miracles. II Corinthians 12:12

WHAT IS A PROPHET?

The Greek word is “Prophetes” meaning one that speaks forth a divine message.

  • Lays foundational truths. Ephesians 2:20
  • Gives divine revelation. Ephesians 3:3-5
  • Foretells future events. Acts 11:27-28
  • Exhorts, confirms, and counsels the brethren. Acts 15:32

WHAT IS AN EVANGELIST?

The Greek word is “Evangelistes” meaning a messenger of good news.

  • Has a special ministry to the lost and to the sick. Acts 8:5-8
  • Has an emotional appeal. Acts 7:54
  • Should be diligent in the Word. II Timothy 2:15, 4:1-5

WHAT IS A PASTOR?

The Greek word is “Poimen” meaning a shepherd.

  • Is a shepherd for the local church. Ezekiel 34:12-16
  • Discerns false ministers. Revelation 2:2
  • The Good Shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep. John 10:11-14
  • The condemnation of false pastors or shepherds. Ezekiel 34:1; Jeremiah 23:1

WHAT IS A TEACHER?

The Greek word is “Didaskalos” meaning a master, a scholar.

  • Jesus taught by miracles. Luke 5:1-10
  • Paul taught by reasoning. Acts 24:25
  • Builds upon foundations laid by Apostles and Prophets in order to establish the saints and give them roots. I Corinthians 3:10

HOW DOES THE HAND REPRESENT THE MINISTRY GIFTS?

  • The Thumb is the most powerful member of the hand, and can touch all other members.
  • First finger is the pointer.
  • The second finger is the longest and reaches the farthest.
  • Third finger is the love finger with the softest touch.
  • The fourth finger is attached by ligaments inside the hand to the third finger showing they must work in harmony.

HOW DO THE FIVE NATURAL SENSES REVEAL THE MINISTRY OF GIFTS?

  • ear – provides both hearing and balance
  • eye – provides vision and light
  • nose – provides both smell and breath
  • touch – provides a feeling of pain and pleasure
  • taste – provides digestion

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton