iDisciple Part 4 – Every Member is a Minister
(Ephesians 4:11-14 CSB) And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
(Ephesians 4:12 AMP) [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church];
(Ephesians 4:12 TPT) And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ.
(Ephesians 4:15) Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
An active faith is the remedy for…
(Ephesians 4:16) From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
(Luke 9:23) Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
(Galatians 2:20) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(I Peter 4:10 CSB) Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.
(I Corinthians 15:10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
The Goal: Is not to focus on building a great church, but rather making disciples.
All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted