Topic: The Varieties of Ministries
Author: Pastor Abraham David
And there are [distinctive] varieties of ministries and service, but it is the same Lord [who is served]. 1 Corinthians 12:5 AMP
The Lord Jesus established in the church distinctive varieties of ministries, these ministries don’t serve Him the same way following the same pattern, but they all serve Him according to His instructions and the guidelines He gives us in His word.
What are these varieties of ministries or administration as King Jame version renders it? They are found in two places in the Bible, the first is 1 Corinthians 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 healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
The Second place where the bible talks about the varieties of ministries is in Romans 12:5-8; “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.”
The two scriptures above gave us the full list of the varieties of ministries. The ministry of an apostle is not the same with the ministry of a prophet; the ministry of a prophet is not the same with the ministry of a teacher, it goes on for all the different ministries. With this understanding, someone who is given the ministry of a teacher shouldn’t expect another person who is given the ministry of an apostle, or prophet or government to do things, or run or structure the ministry the way he structured his own because they are different ministries.
If we understand these scriptures well enough, we would stop expecting every othe congragation or denomination to be like one own, the place we worship, and we would stop expecting every other congregation to make our doctrines their doctriness. Diversities of ministries would always call for different doctrines that’s good for the individual ministry, and help the ministry fulfill the divine mandate. The doctrines doesn’t have to be the same for all ministries, but they all must centered on God’s word and follow His words fully.
Precious Father, I pray for the Church that we shall all continue to wax stronger in love, unity, and in the revelations of your word, so that we can live to fulfill your divine purpose for us and the world, in Jesus name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:11; Ephesians 4:7; 1 Peter 4:10.