by Rev Joel Yong
He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts to his church. Their purpose is to prepare God’s people, to serve, and to build up the body of Christ. This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God’s Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.
I cannot emphasize enough how much I love these verses.
The purpose of the apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors and teachers- is to help God’s people be prepared so that they may serve Him.
Other translations use the words “equipping of the saints”.
We mature as we serve God by doing His work.
We don’t grow however, if we fold our arms and stand on the sidelines as spectators.
Nope, we have to get in the game.
Reading about the game of football, participating in soccer drills, and knowing all of its history and statistics is great.
But we don’t grow in our skills as a player until we actually get in the game.
It’s the same with the faith.
We can read about it, talk about it but until we start applying it to real life, and getting involved by living the life of a disciple, we don’t grow.
That is what the abovementioned roles should aim to do.
They should not be doing all of the work of the Church on their own. That would incapacitate the people and prevent their growth
No the missionaries, pastors and teachers should be equipping the congregation to live out their roles as the people of God in the world we live in.
That is the responsible thing to do!