by: Dr. Mamusha Fenta
The heart of the early Reformation was not necessarily birthing something new, but going back to the old. From Ephesians 4:7-16, we get a clear blueprint for what God originally had in mind for His ministry. We can divide them into 4 categories.
1. Basic Foundation of New Testament ministry. (v. 7-9)
Ministry in the New Testament is founded on the person and works of the glorified Christ. No 25% mango juice! 100% Christ! Period.
2. Scope of New Testament ministry (v. 7, 12,16)
The ministry is given to all the saints. They have been given to all, and we are all priests of God.
3. The Role of Leadership in New Testament Ministry (v. 11-12)
If we are all ministers, then what is the role of the of ministry offices listed in the passage? They are given for the purpose of preparing God's people for works of service. They are there to equip. They are the fillers of the AK-47 cartridge.
4. Goal of New Testament Ministry (V.13-15)
The goal of New Testament ministry is maturity in Christ. Specifically, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. To grow up into him. Not necessarily to stir up peoples emotions, but to grow up people into Him.