Equipping the saints for the works of service

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: So Christ himself gave them 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 until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV).

My Friends,

First of all, as I awakened to see this beautiful day, I am humbled that God is working in my life in such a remarkable manner. In fact, I am in constant amazement of his inspired written messages each week that is noted in this publication. Thank you God for this opportunity to share what you have placed in my heart.

Next, the above noted title and scriptures deal with spiritual leadership in the church and their purpose.

Jesus commanded Christian leaders to, “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Of course, the gift of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are given and established by Jesus for a specific purpose-that is for the equipping of the saints for the works of service (ministry) in order to “build up” (expand and strengthen) the body of Christ. Once the saints of God have been equipped, they must fulfill their obligation to help others become spiritually mature.

In other words, christians must share their faith in Jesus Christ and compel others to share their faith, also. Equally important, the body of believers must follow wherever God leads them and partake in the ministry works assigned by God.

In addition, every christian has the ministry responsibility to help in strengthening and expanding the body of Christ. Church leaders must focus on training others by fostering their spiritual gifts, which aids in making disciples of others.Our local churches must be prepared in carrying out the mission that Jesus set before us during his ministry on earth. For this reason, church leaders must not fail to teach biblical truths, in love, to the body of Christ.

In the final analysis, inundating our Sunday services with programs for monetary gain or personal agendas have little or no value in equipping the saints for ministry works. However, the word of God must be taught in order to equip others in becoming adequately prepared for the works of service. As has been noted, the equipping of God’s people is essential to the “building up” of the body of Christ.