Summary: Let’s learn about the perfecting process of the saints and know that God is preparing us for purpose.
Time For Ministry
(Turn to Ephesians 4:11,12)
I. Call To Ministry (Introduction)...
How many in here this morning knows that God
has called you to the ministry?
If God has called you to salvation he’s called you
into ministry. Amen?
He may not have called you to preach or teach or
prophesy but He has called you to do your part as
And your part is to be effectively building up the
Church and furthering the Kingdom of God with
Every talent and every thing else that the Lord
has given you. Amen?
We’ve got too many people in the Church today
that think saving souls is strictly for the Pastor or
Well I got news for you...Sheep begat sheep!
Have you ever seen a shepherd giving birth to a
No! And you won’t either. Amen?
The flock grows in number when the sheep
And the sheep reproduce when we do the work of
the ministry that God has called us to,
And we start sewing the seed of faith into every
soul that we meet. Amen?
God’s commissioned each and everyone of us to
do our part in evangelizing the world. Amen?
Even if that just means evangelizing our little
corner of the world.
But too many of us don’t feel the need to do the
work of an evangelist!
We don’t think that we need to be exhorters of the
But that’s exactly what His word says for us to be.
And we want to pawn it off on someone else!
How many knows that that’s not God’s plan for
He picked you up from out of the muck and mire
and cleaned you up for a purpose!
So He could use you! Amen?
II. The Five-Fold Ministry...
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the
work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body
How many in here this morning has ever heard
the term "five-fold ministry"?
And How many really knows what that term
It refers to the five offices laid out in our text this
It refers to those who’ve been called to fill one of
those offices that God has established in the
And how many knows that if God establishes
something He does it for a reason.
Unlike some of us, He doesn’t go around just
doing things cause it makes Him feel good,
Or Just cause He wants to. Amen?
God always has a purpose for his creation.
And God has placed the five fold ministry in the
church for a very specific purpose.
Verse 12 says that it’s for the:
1) For the perfecting of the saints.
2) For the work of the ministry.
3) For the edifying ( building up ) of the church -
both locally, & globally.
That sounds like alot of work. Amen?
It seems like every one of these ministers is going
to have their hands full. Amen?
And how many knows that that’s true?
God has called us to be bondservants for Jesus
Christ and He didn’t say it would be easy.
He said it would be worth it!
But too many of us point at this scripture and say
The perfecting of the saints, and the work of the
ministry, and the building up of the Church,
Is the Pastors job or the Evangelists job, etc.
But as I studied and prayed over this text last
night God began to reveal something to me.
1.We are to perfect the saints,
2. So that the saints can do the work of the
ministry right along with us,
3. And ultimately through our efforts together the
Church is edified and built up both globally and
He said when the saints are perfected,
And begin to minister effectively,
by the way they live their lives,
By the way they praise God,
And by the way they share the Gospel
the church will be built up! Amen?
III. The Perfecting of the Saints...
The Greek word that was translated perfect
literally means, ’to mend, or repair.
And it doesn’t mean to mend or repair just
It’s actually a medical term used to describe the
repairing of a broken bone.
And how many knows what the bone is in the
It’s the structure!
So the five fold ministry is to repair the structure
of the Body of Christ.
Put everything in it’s place in the ministry.
Not to have to do the ministry all by ourselves but
to bring some type of structure or organization
into the ministry.
And that word implies that it’s done by: