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The 24 Doctrines of the Bible
The Nine Ministries of the Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ was perfect in ministry and an example to the Church in all of the nine ministries.

Jesus Christ is the perfect Apostle.

He is the perfect Prophet
He is the perfect Teacher
He is the perfect Shepherd
He is the perfect Evangelist

Hebrews 3:1
"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;"

All members of the Church are built upon the Ministries. All the Ministries are built upon Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Ephesians 2:19-20
"Now therefore ye are of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"

After Jesus ascended into Heaven, the Holy Spirit assumed the responsibility as Administrator of the Church and appointed Christians, selected by Jesus for a specific ministry.

Ephesians 4:11
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"

The Ministries in the Church have two main functions:
  1. To perfect the Saints.

  2. To build the Church.
Ephesians 4:12
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"

The Ministries will finally bring about a Church that is united, perfect and in the full stature of Christ.

The ministries are the mortar that keeps the bricks together. They are the joints that hold the members of the Body of Christ together.

Ephesians 4:16
"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth."

These Ministries hold the members together with two different bands:
These nine Ministries are divided into two groups:

Global Church ministries:
These Ministries are mobile and are used wherever they are needed.

Local Church ministries:

The Ordination of Ministries:

All ministries of the Church are selected and ordained by the Holy Spirit. Church Leaders are directed by the Holy Spirit to lay their hands in prayerful dedication upon the ministry candidates, to ordain them.

Acts 13:2
"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."

Let us look at each of these nine Ministries:
  1. Apostles:

    The word Apostle means "one sent forth". It is also translated "messenger".

    The names of the first twelve Apostles are:

    1. Peter
    2. Andrew
    3. James
    4. John
    5. Philip
    6. Bartholomew
    7. Thomas
    8. Matthew
    9. James
    10. Lebbaeus
    11. Simon
    12. Judas

    Matthew 10:2-4
    "Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; Simon, who is called Peter, Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot."

    After Judas committed suicide Matthias took his place.

    Acts 1:26
    "And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles."

    After Pentecost an additional twelve Apostles, were appointed by the Holy Spirit, namely:

    1. Paul - Acts13:4
    2. Barnabas - Acts 14:14
    3. Timothy - 1 Thessalonians 1:1
    4. Titus - Titus 1:5
    5. Silas - Acts 15:40
    6. Andronicus - Romans 16:7
    7. Junia - Romans 16:7
    8. James - Galatians 1:18-19
    9. Joses - Matthew 13:55
    10. Silvanus - 1 Thessalonians 1:1
    11. Judas - Jude 1
    12. Apaphroditus - Philippians 2:25

    Since that time, the Holy Spirit has appointed others into this office, as He has deemed it necessary.

    Apostleship was the highest office appointed in the church.

    1 Corinthians 12:28
    "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles."

    There is no scriptural evidence of Apostolic succession.

    No person has ever had the right to claim the office of Apostleship or appoint Apostles. It is by Divine appointment only.

    Acts 13:2
    "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."

    There have always been false Apostles.

    2 Corinthians 11:13
    "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ."

    It is therefore necessary to test the claim of someone, who says that that they are an Apostle.

    Revelation 2:2
    "And thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:"

    There are three things that prove Apostleship:

    1. Godly character.
    2. Signs that follow an Apostles ministry.
    3. Mighty miracles that follow an Apostles ministry.

    The Apostles main task:

    An Apostles task is to establish and properly organize Churches.

    Acts 14:23
    "And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed."

    An Apostle is a "Master Builder" who establishes Churches.

    1 Corinthians 3:10
    "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon."

    This was the seal of Apostleship.

    1 Corinthians 9:2
    "If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord."

    There are levels of Apostleship:

    Some Apostles have a higher office than others.

    2 Corinthians 11:5
    "For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles."

    2 Corinthians 12:11
    "For in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles,"

    There are different areas of Apostleship:

    Peter was an Apostle to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles.

    Galatians 2:7-8
    "But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter: For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:"

    Apostles worked together in teams:

    Acts 8:14-15
    "They sent unto them Peter and John who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:"

  2. The Prophet.

    A prophet is a person who speaks a word from God to man.

    There are three things we need to know about Prophets:

    1. Prophets stand before God:

      1 Kings 17:1
      "And Elijah said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand."

    2. Prophets stand in the counsel of God:

      Jeremiah 23:37
      "Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, what hath the LORD answered thee? And, what hath the LORD spoken?"

    3. God shares His secrets with the Prophets:

      Amos 3:7
      "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."

    There are eight Prophets mentioned in the book of Acts:

    1. Agabas - Acts 11:28
    2. Barnabas - Acts 13:1
    3. Simeon - Acts 13:1
    4. Lucius - Acts 13:1
    5. Manean - Acts 13:1
    6. Paul - Acts 13:1
    7. Judas - Acts 15:32
    8. Silas - Acts 15:32

    Prophets of God have to meet certain conditions:

    Jeremiah 15:16-19
    "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation. Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them."

    These conditions are:
    1. They must be called of God.
    2. They must love and enjoy being Godís mouthpiece.
    3. They must be dedicated to God for service:
    4. They must be willing to stand alone in doing Godís task.
    5. They must believe and passionately give Godís message.

    There is a distinct difference between the Office of Prophet and Gift of Prophecy:

    1. Only some are called to the Office of a Prophet.

      Ephesians 4:11
      "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;"

    2. All Christians may exercise the Gift of Prophecy.

      1 Corinthians 14:31
      "For ye may all prophesy one by one."

    Members of the Church may judge a prophetic message.

    1 Corinthians 14:29
    "Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge."

    Prophets are beneficial in three ways:

    1. Prophets can predict future events and warn Gods people of impending danger:

      Acts 11:28
      "And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar."

    2. Prophets edify the Church.

      1 Corinthians 14:3-4
      "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church."

    3. Prophets may minister to unbelievers.

      1 Corinthians 14:24
      "But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:"

  3. The Evangelist

    The word Evangelist means - "one who proclaims Good News".

    It is a noun and is only mentioned three times in the Bible. The word "evangelize" is mentioned fifty times in the Bible and means to do the work of proclaiming the Gospel which is Good News.

    The task of the Evangelist is to preach salvation, introducing people to their Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Those saved need to be water baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 2:38
    "Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

    Evangelism can be to one person or many people:

    The Ministry of Phillip the Evangelist is described in Acts 8:4-40.

    Part of this scripture shows Phillip ministering to crowds of people at Samaria. Thousands were saved, baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. It also shows Phillip reaching out to one person, the Eunuch in the Desert and how he was saved and baptized.

    An Evangelist Ministry is always attested:

    The ministry of an Evangelist is attested when people receive healings, miracles and deliverance. Evangelists are commanded by Paul to make full proof of their Ministry.

    2 Timothy 4:5
    But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

    Evangelists minister from place to place:

    Acts 8:5, 40
    "Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. But Philip was found at Azotus: passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea." The ministry of an Evangelist is directed at lost souls:

    This ministry is not to Christians. It is to unconverted Souls. It is to create and build local Churches.

  4. The Teacher.

    A Teacher is a Christian who is called to understand the doctrines of scripture and teach them to others.

    There are two areas of teaching:
    1. Teaching Christians on a national or international scale.

      These teaching Ministries are often linked with Apostles and Prophets.

      Acts 13:1
      "Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers;"

      1 Corinthians 3:6
      "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase."

      Apollos was an expositor of the Bible and where the Apostle Paul ministered, Apollos followed with a teaching ministry.

      Acts 18:24-28
      "And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ."

    2. Teaching Members of a local Church.

      1 Timothy 5:17
      "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."

      2 Timothy 2:2
      "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

  5. The Shepherd.

    The word Shepherd is derived from the Greek word "Poimen" and means ĒPastor". Another word used for a Shepherd is Elder and its Greek word is "Presbyteros".

    These Elders are always referred to in the plural:

    There was more than one Elder in each local Church and one of these Elders was recognized as the "Overseer", derived from the Greek word "Episkopos" which means the Head Elder.

    1 Peter 5:1
    "The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder."

    Here Peter refers to his office as Overseer of a local Church.

    Shepherds care for Godís Flock:

    The local Church is the flock of spiritual sheep and the Shepherds have the responsibility of caring for Godís Children in the local Church.

    They do this in three ways:
    1. Taking oversight of them.
    2. Feeding and taking care of them.
    3. Being brave and protecting them.

    Here are other scriptures that refer to the work of a Shepherd:
    • John 10:1-28
    • Psalm 23
    • Ezekiel 34:1-6

    When do Shepherds assume responsibility?

    When a local Church is set in order by an Apostle, Elders are ordained and appointed to take oversight. Without an Elder, a Church is incomplete.

    The qualifications of a Shepherd:

    Paul outlines the qualifications of an Elder:

    1 Timothy 3:1-7
    "This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."

    An Elder must be:
    • Blameless
    • The Husband of one wife
    • Vigilant
    • Of good behavior
    • Just
    • Holy
    • Temperate in all things
    • Given to hospitality
    • Faithful to the Word of God
    • Able to teach sound Doctrine
    • Sober, not consuming alcohol
    • Gentle
    • Free of a love for money and covetousness
    • An effective Ruler of their home
    • Proven and not a novice
    • Respected in the Community
    • One who associates with good people

  6. The Deacon.

    It is a great honor to be appointed as a Deacon. It is described as attaining a Good Degree.

    1 Timothy 3:13
    "For they that have used the office of a deacon, well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus."

    Deacons were appointed by Apostles as the need arose for their specific type of Ministry, in a local church.

    Acts 6:1-6
    "There arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said; It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them."

    A Deacons task:

    A Deacons task is to assist the Church Leaders in practical matters of daily administration and the material needs of church members.

    Their appointment:

    After being selected by a local Church, they were appointed by the Apostles.

    The twelve qualifications of Deacons are -
    • To be of honest report
    • To be full of the Holy Spirit
    • To be full of wisdom
    • To be grave (Dignified)
    • To be sober not using alcohol
    • To not love money
    • To be strong of faith
    • To be pure of conscience
    • To be blameless
    • To have only one spouse
    • To rule their home effectively
    • Their spouse must have the same qualifications

    1 Timothy 3:8-12
    "Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."

  7. Miracles.

    1 Corinthians 12:28
    "And God hath set some in the church ... miracles."

    There are those members of the Church that the Holy Spirit selects and endues with a special ministry of Miracles. They demonstrate creative miracles and the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.

  8. Gifts of Healing.

    1 Corinthians 12:28
    "And God hath set some in the church ... gifts of healings."

    There are specific gifts of healing directed at all sickness. There are those members of the Church that the Holy Spirit Gifts selects to bring healing to Christians and lost souls.

  9. Helps.

    The Greek word used here for helps is "Kubernosis". It means "a Shipmaster" or those who steer a ship. It keeps the local church functioning correctly and moving in the right direction.

    The highest form of helps can be best described as Governments or Administrations.

    1 Corinthians 12:28
    "And God hath set some in the church helps."

    There are different kinds of helps:

    1 Corinthians 14:26
    "How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."

    These are seven different kinds of helpers in the Church:

    Romans 12:6-8
    "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness."

    Christians may minister in helps by doing the following:
    1. Speaking or teaching the Word of God
    2. Doing tasks to help others
    3. Guiding others
    4. Encouraging others
    5. Being financial givers to financially support the Church
    6. Leading in the Church
    7. Showing mercy to others

All Ministries play a vital role in the success of the Church of Jesus Christ.


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