tirsdag 6. desember 2016

Interesting links between functions

I continue where I left off yesterday, and look at how the mentor was a faithful steward of the good deposit, which is the gospel that was entrusted to him. Before I turn to second role Paul had in relation to the gospel, it is exciting that herald which was presented first, coincides with the evangelist's role. 

It is interesting because the three roles: evangelist, apostle and teacher (1), are among the five ministry-gifts Paul identifies in Ephesians (2). Their purpose is to hold the body together so that it grows and builds itself up in love (3). The body of Christ is the church, but a church is made up of individuals, and each individual needs the same support function to grow and mature.

While the Herold-approach is the representation (commissioning), which means that herald spoke on behalf of an authority, the apostle-approach is the sending out. Apostle means sent out. An Apostle takes the Gospel to new people, new arenas, areas and countries. An eager Bible-student will immediately argue that there is more to the term apostle than this perspective, and I agree. Paul defined the apostle ministry as the core of his calling as a follower of Jesus:

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
1 Corinthians 1:1
Yet, I believe that in relation to the Gospel, the point I have made is the main focus of Paul. However, the apostle ministry can give authority to the third role, is a thought I will elaborate on tomorrow.

‘Manna’ for today:

I am sent out with the Gospel
(1) And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
2 Tim 1:11

(2) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
Ephesians 4: 11-12

(3) From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4:16

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