Summary: Spiritual Growth, Others, Service

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Ephesians 4:11-16 (p. 815) January 18, 2015


I think job descriptions are important! If you don’t know what’s expected of you then how can you fulfill your task?

I remember sitting with Brandon our ministry intern and asking him if he had any questions about his job description. I said have you read line 17? He said, “I don’t know.” (I laughed because I said line 17 says... “And any other job deemed necessary by the Sr. Minister.” By the way...line 17 isn’t really there...but it ought to be.

James S. Hewitt gives this list of job descriptions for the church staff:

Senior Minister: Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. More powerful than a locomotive. Faster than a speeding bullet. Walks on water. Gets direct counsel from God.

Associate Minister: Able to leap short building with some help. As powerful as a Ford pickup. Just as fast as a speeding bullet. Walks on water when the sea is calm. Talk with God.

Minister of Music: Leaps short buildings with a running start. Almost as powerful as a compact car. Faster than a speeding B.B. Occasionally hears from God. Walks on water if he knows where the stumps are.

Minister of Youth: Runs into small buildings. Recognizes a locomotive two out of three times. Uses a squirt gun. Knows how to use the water fountain. Mumbles to himself about God.

Church Secretary: Lifts building to walk under them. Kicks locomotives off their tracks. Catches speeding bullets in her teeth. Freezes water with a single glance. When God speaks she says, “May I say whose calling?”

Maybe I should clarify...that’s how many people think the job descriptions should be for church staff.

I love being a minister (most of the time). In fact I would share with you I believe it was a “calling.” At 18, after giving my life to Christ, I became convinced God had saved me for “full time” Christian service. It’s why I went to Bible College. I wanted to be a youth minister, just like Brewster, my youth minister at Southland. I’m pretty sure Brewster ran into some buildings, and I know he could use a squirt gun. Brewster also mumbled about God a lot, but he loved us, taught us, challenged us. He helped me start growing up, even though I was just a brand new baby in Christ, from the get-go I was challenged “To live a life worthy of the calling you received.” (Eph. 4:1)

As I’ve shared over the last two weeks in this series...God doesn’t call us...and save us so we can then “coast it on into the harbor.” God’s plan is for saved people to serve Him. And He will enable “all those He’s called” to serve effectively through gifts given by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 4:7 says “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Verse 8 says, “He gives gifts to His people.” Verse 11 has a list: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers. (We’ll talk about these specific gifts a little later) but the purpose of all Holy Spirit given gifts is:

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