It is for work that they are appointed. In respect of the saints, these who are in Christ already, the ministry is to perfect them, πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν. There is reason, however, to think that times are in reserve for the Church, even upon earth, when these evils shall be greatly lessened, if not altogether removed — when the Church shall indeed resemble a great and a holy Society, founded upon one rock, and that rock Christ: — devoted to the one great purpose of manifesting the glory and making known the manifold wisdom of God. While the lists in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 focus on the gifts, here Paul’s emphasis is on the gifted men. He is not listing all possible gifts, but rather concentrating on leadership gifts. Not that either ministers or private Christians are bound to speak or to think more favourably of opposers of the truth than the fair and impartial examination of their conduct may seem to warrant and to require. 3. Morning Sermon for 8/23/2009 Ephesians 4:11-12 Introduction: A child once said: “The preacher is paid to be good. The rest of us, we’re good for nothing!”. The diffusion of truth is not by the equal instruction of all men at the same moment, but by circles and schools who have found out the truth, and through whom it spreads out until it becomes the possession of all. III. And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. "The Body of Christ" is an expression often used in Scripture to denote the Church of Christ. But, besides this, it is also necessary that men "speak the truth in love" — that is, that their assertion and maintenance of the truth, even against its opposers, should never lead them into any violation of the great law of Christian charity and love. Although some think that there are five gifts here, most count four, with “pastor-teacher” referring to a single gift. As the apostles wrote nearly the whole of the New Testament Scriptures, which supply the literary foundation of Christianity, they may thus be regarded as still identified with the progress of the gospel in all lands and all ages. But when our opinion is really and sincerely fair and impartial, it is no objection to it that it is unfavourable; for that must just depend upon the grounds and merits of the case. A leader is not self-made or self-appointed. The saints being, by reason of remaining corruption, so ready to turn aside both from Christ the Head, and from their brethren fellow members. And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers. And why? We would now CONSIDER THE STATEMENT WHICH THE TEXT CONTAINS OF THE MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND ULTIMATE OBJECTS FOR WHICH THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY WAS INSTITUTED, AND WHICH THE LABOURS OF PASTORS AND TEACHERS ARE INTENDED TO SERVE, namely, that Christians may grow up in "all things unto Him who is the Head — that they may all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man — unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." We Owe the Church 1. Evangelists were specially designed to preach the gospel in districts where it had not been previously known. And it is the same in respect of the Church. They are on this ground distinguished from pastors and teachers. Pastors and teachers were stationary ministers appointed for the continuous edification of the flock. Being available and accessible to the LORD 3. II. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 4:11-12. Since, then, the text informs us, in the first place, that the appointment of pastors and teachers is a Divine institution, intended to be instrumental in accomplishing certain objects, and of course deriving all its efficacy from the blessing of Him who appointed it, we shall now consider WHAT OBJECTS IT WAS DESIGNED TO EFFECT. In respect of the Body of Christ; it is to edify, viz., the mystical Body of Christ. Every variety implies in some sense superiority or inferiority. Variety is essential to the proper development of society; and whilst God alone can explain why the obvious advantage is with one man, or with one class instead of another, still He takes from it all that is invidious by associating with privilege the responsibility of service. They itinerated from place to place, carrying with them the wonderful story of the cross, and were quite exempt, as such, from the labors of organization or discipline. Did it denote that he monopolized the Divine favour? And what deed ever conveyed riches like these? Their endowment is to bring good to the many. In the development of this theme let us consider, first, THE DISPARITY IN CIRCUMSTANCE AND CONDITION BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE VAST MULTITUDE OF OUR FELLOW MEN; THE CONTRAST BETWEEN OUR AND THEIR MORAL EXPERIENCE. [are] all workers of miracles? II. Private persons, no matter how gifted, were not allowed to take the place of apostles and prophets at Corinth, and therefore net of pastors and teachers. The word "edify" properly means to build; and it is taken from another figurative idea, sometimes given us in Scripture, of the Church of Christ, or of true Christians in their connection with and dependence upon Christ, namely, that of a building or temple, of which Christ is the foundation, and in which all His people are represented as stones. 1. The pastor-teachers gets to know these people so that they can be taught Scripture and trained in how t… Who cannot see that to receive from one another and to impart to each other what we mutually lack, is a far better thing than to be born to an exact equality of advantages? that those who were left in the dark had no part in the thoughts and the purposes of Jehovah? Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV) 11 It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all 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. This work, for the kind of it, is διακονία, a ministry or service, the first excluding idleness, the second excluding a lordly dominion. Being available and accessible to the LORD 3. If all believers were to exercise the gift of ministry in the Christian dispensation, why should not the apostles have started with this arrangement from the first? 1. The pastors of Ephesus and Corinth were distinct from the prophetically gifted persons in both Churches (1 Corinthians 14.; Ephesians 4:11). At present, there is nothing like complete unity of faith and knowledge. And in this work of edification or sanctification, pastors and teachers whom God has appointed are master builders, whose great duty and privilege it is to be employed as instruments in edifying the Body of Christ — in building up the saints in their most holy faith — in carrying on the great work of which our Saviour laid the foundation while He lived upon the earth — in not only bringing men to the knowledge and belief of the truth, but also in leading them to walk in the paths of holiness — to walk in harmony and in love — and to contribute to one another's spiritual progress.