Perspective on the Apostolic Commission

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 ESV. What we know today as ‘The Great Commission’ was […]

Keys to Reaching the Nations

The great commission is not simply an evangelical mandate, but is an apostolic assignment. It is not just to save souls, but to disciple the nations. Salvation of souls does not lie in our hands, but in the realm of the Spirit of God as He draws them into His Kingdom. Let the evangelical work of reaching souls continue even as we understand the commission that it is essentially apostolic in nature. The commission is for those who are sent […]

Church Planting vs Making Disciples

First and foremost, “Church” is not a building used for public worship, or a Christian development program, or a denominational institution. This is the mindset and understanding of many people today and it is a wrong biblical understanding of the Church. The word “Church” comes from the Greek word “ekklesia” which is defined as “an assembly of called-out ones.” The root meaning of “Church” is not that of a building, but of people. The ekklesia of Christ is not a […]

The Ministry of the Teacher

The Greek word for “teacher” is “didaskalos”. It means an instructor, doctor, master or teacher. One who teaches the people the word of God and explains the scripture to them in a digestible form. They have the ability to bring forth revelation, clarity and understanding from the word through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Every one of the five-fold ministry can teach as an act of functioning in their office, just like secular teachers, Bible School professors etc, but […]

The Ministry of the Prophet

The Hebrew word for “prophet” is “nabiy”; one who prophesies through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. To prophesy is to speak the mind of God for the purpose of direction, building, and encouragement of the Church. “Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.” (1 Samuel 9:9) “Seer” comes from the Hebrew […]

The Ministry of the Pastor

The Greek word for “pastor” is “poimen”, and it means a shepherd, or to tend a flock or shearing house. It is the same as the Hebrew word “ra’ah”, one who leads flocks. The pastor is responsible to care, nurture, love, protect and provide for the flock. The plural word “pastors” appeared once in the New Testament (Ephesians 4:11). That word defines a function, not a position. The ministry of a pastor is not recorded as an order of government. […]