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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)

TITLE: The Ministry of Saints
By Randy Caraway


We are often focused on the local church in the distribution of the gifts of the Spirit. I have been in congregations with a great manifestation of the gifts of prophecy and tongues with interpretations. I have also been in congregations where these gifts seem to be lacking. I know the gifts are distributed to His church, but I have often wondered why there are not many manifestations.

My heartís desire is to see the full manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit in operation throughout the whole body. The reason we donít see this happening is because we have failed to perceive Godís proper order. We understand His grace in salvation, but we fail to see His grace in the operation of ministry.

The gifts of the Spirit are established in three areas of grace, gifts, administrations and operations. When we discover our gifts and calling, we must be willing to go through the process in developing our gift through administrations. When our gift is developed in the local assembly and we have matured in our gifting, the operations of the gifts serve to edify and build up the church in love.

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (KJV)

Let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and seek His order and will in our lives and churches.

There is a ministry to the saints, but did you know there is also the ministry of the saints? If you are a believer, then you are a minister. You have a special gift of the Spirit and a purpose for ministry. The apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to stir up the gifts within him.

There has been a great division in the body of Christ. This division has separated the clergy from the laity. Since this is the pattern of ministry that we have accepted, we feel that we must quit our jobs and enter into full time ministry to fulfill our calling.

We are called to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation. Jesus is our king and high priest after the order of Melchizedek. We are all in the process of becoming a nation of kings and priests unto God. His grace has been bestowed upon us to accomplish His will on earth. He is the head and we are His body.

Psalms 133:1-3
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore. (KJV)

My prayer is that God will raise up the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to bring us into maturity, that we are in one mind and one accord in the effectual working of the ministry of the saints.

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Jan Ackerson 11/30/07
Several truths here, and an appropriate mixture of Scripture and your own prose.

I felt it lacked focus, a little--I had a hard time determining what your main idea was.

Thanks for presenting this Bible study.
Joanne Sher 12/02/07
Enjoyed this - and definitely much to ponder. Thanks for sharing.