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SUNDAY 05 AUGUST 2018
Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.
Today we start an in-depth look into the fivefold ministries. Our hope is that over the next six weeks, you will discover something about your own personal giftings, as well as have a renewed appreciation and understanding of the gifting of those around you.
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it... So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. - Ephesians 4:7, 11-13
Through the gift of grace, Jesus has empowered and equipped each one of us for service, to fulfil a ministry role and build the kingdom. When we all operate in the role given to us by the Holy Spirit, the result is unity in faith, a continual growing in the personal knowledge of Jesus and wholeness.
As a community we choose to walk the path God has called us to, living out of our specific giftings, passions and strengths. Receiving support and encouragement from one another for the areas that are not our natural wiring.
A key part of living in the THEREFORE is discovering and understanding your gifting, how this works/is expressed and how you are called to function within the church and further afield.
Because each function/calling contributes something the Body that the others do not, they mutually enrich each other - like pieces of a puzzle. We cannot be the Body of Christ as Jesus intended without all functions/calling active and present throughout the life of the church.
Over the next five weeks we will be exploring in-depth the callings, giftings and out workings of each of the APEST ministry profiles. We believe this is about empowering everyone to function at their full potential both within the church community and further afield.
As Markus Bath captures: the distribution of the APEST are not a substitute for Jesus’s presence but the mode of his being present.