Walking with God is a Journey, an expedition. There is territory we never imagined and realities we never knew where available, in him. We were made to live in his presence, to carry his presence, and to change the environment in which we live. It’s time to start your journey today. Salvation is not a destination but a boarding station for a whole new way of living.
Ministry does not take place behind the walls of a church, in the pulpit, or at the church altar. Ministry happens everyday, everywhere just like it did through Jesus and the early church. We do not go to church, we are the church. We meet together to be equipped and trained for the journey. This is a Spirit led expedition into the great unknown with the unseen God into an ever seeing land of new possibilities.
There are five ministry gifts for the church, the people, given to equip them for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-13). These gifts include: Apostles (or pioneering and overseeing ministry founders and missionaries), Prophets (voices of awakening, encouragement, and repentance to establish the church using dreams, visions, miracles, signs, and wonders), Evangelist (stirring the church to action and calling sinners to repentance through the preaching of Jesus cross and empty tomb), Pastors (shepherds of the local group of believers who teach, nurture, train, lead, and love like Jesus [the Great Shepherd]), and Teachers (those gifted to teach, train, explain, and give greater understanding for the journey). You may be called into one of these giftings or you may be called to use the gifts of the spirit wherever you are to see the kingdom come.
The gifts of the Spirit include: Words of wisdom (wise advice), Words of knowledge (special knowledge, revealed knowledge), Faith (an exceptional measure of faith), Healing, Miracles, Prophecy (the ability to speak the word of God clearly and have divine foresight), Discernment (a distinct gift for readily knowing what is of God and what is false), Tongues (unlearned languages and unknown languages), Interpretation of Tongues (the ability to understand the gift of tongues and unlearned languages), Service (to serve others well, without condition), Teaching, Encouragement, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy. – I Cor. 12:4-11; Romans 12:3-8
Whatever your gift is or whatever leadership gift God has called you to be to the church you should use it freely to bless others in the church and change the world around you. Doing so displays God’s immeasurable grace and shows the powers of the spiritual realm God’s power and wisdom. Walking in our gifts and callings is elemental to being a follower of Jesus. – I Peter 4:7-11, Eph. 3:10