The so called “five fold ministry” if you are new to Jesus and the Bible is taken from Ephesians 4 where Paul shares about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Churches. He speaks about these different but complementary aspects of Jesus ministry to us and through us.
Eph 4:11 And He Himself gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers(pastors), after that miracles, then gifts of healings(evangelists), helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Now I am not giving a detailed teaching here on the five different ministries of Jesus He has placed in His church but only pointing out ONE THING that has been highlighted to me yesterday.
Carmel and I were driving together to have lunch with our daughter and her boyfriend at the Donnybrook Hotel. On the way there I was sharing about Revival in general and the gap between our condition NOW and what God must do in us to get us REVIVED.
I was reminded of a time years ago in 1989 when I attended a Christian camp with different workshops in which to be taught to move with the Holy Spirit.
Now we know that all of us can prophesy. Prophesy in the church can be someone preaching a message from the pulpit which the Holy Spirit has given them. It may be from notes on a page but nevertheless it is still prophetic in nature because it is a LIVING WORD from the Father for that day’s message…and for that congregation or visitor who just happened to be there that day.
How many times does God do that?! Does the preacher know that his message which he(perhaps) thought was just from him could speak directly into the life and heart of a matter that someone visiting that day would hear and receive from God Himself? Every preacher should expect to hear from God or at least to be led by Him in what they study or write or say for the people. So in a Baptist church where they do not believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit for today like a Pentecostal or Charismatic believer does they still “prophesy” through the spoken message each week. God makes sure they hear His voice through their Pastor.
But in a church where the moving of the Holy Spirit is welcomed and room is made for Him to speak through people in the congregation during a worship service the gift of prophecy is honoured in a different way. Paul encouraged the churches to seek to edify others through this gift of prophecy. The gift of Prophecy I am referring to is not telling the future…it is normally more like the one prophesying is “reading someone’s mail” in the service.
Apostle Paul said that if there is prophecy in church “and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.” 1Cor 14:24-25
The prophetic gift like that described above needs to be given honour and a place in the service so that it can be heard by everyone. There is no honour given to Jesus who gives these words about a dear soul amongst us in a meeting if the worship band is playing loudly over the top of it…and the one speaking prophetically has no microphone. It is in effect despising prophecy which we are told not to do. Jesus wants to encourage you or someone else that day—and He gives a sure word revealing details of the situation someone is facing and NO ONE CAN HEAR IT!! Come on people! Let’s honour Jesus and those among us.
I haven’t even got to what I wanted to say here!!
When I went to that Conference in 1989 there were congregations from two different churches there. I did not know any of the people from the other church. The Instructor in the workshop was(is) a prophet of God named Russel Sage. Now here is the thing I wanted to share…because I believe it is happening now.
Russell Sage carried a five fold anointing. Jesus SET these ministry gifts(people)in the body of Christ. Russell was standing in the office of that gift or ability and function of Jesus Himself. Now some people there had prophesied in church meetings before, and some had never done so that’s why they were there in this activation workshop. This was 1989.
Russell carried the Office or authority of prophet in those meetings. Jesus was his authority inside his spirit/soul and we were submitted beneath that authority just by being there to learn.
Now when Russell laid hands on someone the person received GRACE to prophesy MORE than they had ever done so before.
It is like watering the garden with a hose. Your normal hose pressure is sufficient to reach some plants but not all. You have to turn up the pressure to reach more. A greater flow rate and accuracy. It is hard for me to put into words these spiritual things…But it is LIKE HE OPENED A DOOR IN YOU and the LORD CAME RUSHING OUT IN A FLOOD OF GOOD WORDS AND REVELATION.
And as we shared about these things in the car yesterday I sensed strongly that many DOORS ARE SHUT in the people of God. But God has these one’s who are DOOR OPENERS…hidden away about to be released. They shall ACTIVATE and UNLOCK and OPEN the shut doors within the souls of the people of God.. These doors are within the soul where hurts and discouragement have robbed the body of Christ of that PARTICULAR FLOW OF LIFE GIVING WORDS which ONLY YOU can bring forth. These five fold ministers shall HELP you to REMOVE the stones that have laid against the door in your heart stopping up the wells of salvation–denying the people of God this life giving encouragement you have in you.
Your TESTIMONY for instance lies dormant within….You have not shared it with anyone for years and years because of shame, discouragement and doubts. You have allowed the Devil to stop up your well and to kink off your hose. But I am telling you by God’s Spirit that there is a FLOW OF LIFE in your spirit that must be released BEFORE YOU LEAVE THIS EARTH. It must!! And Your God is wanting to OPEN WIDE THAT SHUT TIGHT DOOR…again….Will you let Him do it? Will you allow Him to open you up so that out of your spirit comes living water?
Others will be blessed but so will you for you will be doing what you are made and fitted to do.
It may not be spoken words, it may be written…it may be some other form of words…song, music, paintings, any expression of your heart….prose, poems, card writing, photos…
I know that in you is a calling and God wants to ACTIVATE YOU FULLY into it…or back into it(revived) if you have been going with Him a while and things have stagnated and become dormant. I sense it strongly in the spirit! Some of you older folk are waiting for death to take you home.
Andrew Evans remembered his father’s words.
“He said to me, I’ve had a dream to plant a church at Catherine.” I replied, “Dad you’re 80.” He then said, “Son, will you give me some money?” To which I replied, “No. You’re 80 years of age. That’s a young man’s job.”
But Pastor Evans says his father was determined to go ahead. He saved up his pension and went up to Catherine, hired the showgrounds and had up to thirty to forty decisions. Out of that they planted a church at Catherine that is still going today. Read the whole story
“There’s a river of life flowing out from me, makes the lame to walk and the blind to see, opens prison doors sets the captives free–there’s a river of life flowing out from me–
SPRING UP O WELL–WITHIN MY SOUL!!”
We are exhorted to stir up the gift that is in us through the laying on of hands. To fan into a flame the gift of God. It’s like we have forgotten that He gave us any gifts…they were put in the cupboard long ago and forgotten…”That was nice Jesus…but that was long ago”. Yes but He wants to open that cupboard door for you IF YOU WILL LET HIM…
IF YOU CAN BELIEVE -ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM THAT BELIEVES. Mark 9:23
So let me stir you up friend.
Get ready for the shut doors to be opened again.
Get ready for the Activation of those dormant gifts.
God wants to reach a multitude of people in the nations and only HIS ABILITIES (which are in you)will do it.
Lord Jesus Here I am – I am willing.