[This is a compilation of the blogger’s thoughts as well as the thoughts of many believers whose writings have been published in writing or on the web. Where a remark is borrowed from a saint other than this blogger, Please note it is indented, and preceded by an introductory phrase,such as: “One saint has this to say:”] Note: Links are underlined in red
|Paul writes:||As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God, ( 1 Peter 4.10 )|
One of the primary tasks of a church leaders,Pastors, etc. —is to endevor to seek out what the spiritual gifts of each one in the body is/are and to bring these gift to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). But do church leaders strive to this end ? Paul said, "To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.... The same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills" (1 Cor. 12:7, 11). As every part of a human body has a certain function, so also does each member of the Church body. That's because "the body is not one member, but many" (1 Cor. 12:14). If the above statement is true then a logical question to ask is, do our present day church leaders, pastors etc. know what the spinitual gift of each member in the body is. Do church leaders seek to discern the giftings of each member, and bring this gifting to maturity?
|Paul writes:||And HE GAVE some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; FOR the perfecting of the saints, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11,12)|
How many churches do we know where the leading agenda of the leadership is the perfecting of the saints, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY?. It appears to this student of scripture that for centuries church leadership for the most part has forsaken its primary call. It is said that among other things what the Reformation of the 16th century under the instrumentality of Martin Luther and the other "Reformers" did, was awaken the church to the doctrine of the Priesthood of All believers (1 Peter 2.5, 2.9, Revelations 20.6, 5.10). So doing they endevored to break down the institutionalized distinction between clergy and laity as found in the Roman Catholic church. But in actuality did the Reformed Protestant Church do much better? In truth with respect to the protestant local church and the gathering of the saints, this distinction of clergy and laity looms loud. Protestantism appears to have only paid "lip service" to the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. The distinction between clergy and laity is unfortunately alive and well as manifest by the very seating arrangements. The physical distance between pulpit and the pews, the stage and the floor chairs, etc. In many an instance either consciously else subconsciously church leadership for personal gain have strived to ensure that babes in Christ remain as babes and not come to maturity.
|One saint writes:||The Spirit distributes gifts "individually" (1 Cor. 12:11). That term means "peculiar to oneself" and refers to our uniqueness as spiritual snowflakes. As our fingerprints identify us in the physical realm, so our special blend of spiritual gifts mark us as unique in the spiritual realm. Therefore, the gifts are universal (every believer has one) as well as individual (each gift is uniquely given). "For the common good" (1 Cor. 12:7) indicates that every gift mutually benefits Christ's Body, and Conversely, non-use adversely affects it. As Paul said, "If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of te body. And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,' it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'; or again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary" (vv. 15-22).|
If every individuals spiritual gift is not employed we risk forsaking “the common good.”
Please Note: This is one persons research. Allbeit, it is witnessed to by a number of likeminded believing friends and disciples around the world. The writer sincerely acknowledges that he may well be seeing dimly and narrowly, and there may be something that he has written that may well be wrong and plain erroneous. Readers of this site therefore are strongly advised to search the scriptures and validate, negate, else modify for themselves the statements made by this blogger. Beloved brothers and sisters, please examine the scriptures as the Bereans of Acts 17.11 did and thereby stand fast on the foundation of GOD's Holy Word.