TEXT: Ephesians 4:11-12:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
David Livingstone said, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The biggest job in the world is not running the White House; it’s running God’s House!”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While Charles Fox Parham was always looking for students and welcomed the zeal of William J. Seymour, Parham was also a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer. He wasn’t sure he was ready to welcome a black student into his school. On the other hand, how could he turn him away? That just didn’t seem to be the Christian thing to do, either. Finally, Parham arrived at a compromise. He would allow Seymour to listen to his lectures from a chair outside by an open window. In the event of rain, Seymour would be allowed to move his chair into the hall, and the door would be left ajar so he could hear. Seymour agreed to the terms established and began attending Parham’s lectures. Earnestly he sought the “baptism of the Holy Ghost,” but without success. He continued preaching at black missions while waiting on God for his own “second blessing,” as the experience was also called. Seymour attended Parham’s short term Bible school in Houston, Texas (after Topeka folded) in 1906.”
The first aspect of the overarching reason why God gave spiritual gifts to the church is “for the perfecting of the saints.” The second aspect is “for the work of the ministry.” Spiritual gifts are not for personal gain or advancement in life. Spiritual gifts are given for use in God’s work.
The word “work” is derived from the same Greek word from which we get our English word “energy.” It is defined as “business, employment, that with which any one is occupied.” It implies the idea of labor or toil. This lets us know that we ought to take God’s work seriously. It is far more important than secular employment.
The word “ministry” is defined as the “service of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote faith among men.” The extended definition reads: ‘The service of those who render to others the offices of Christian affection, especially those who help meet needs by either collecting or distributing of charities.’ God has given His people spiritual gifts in order to serve others.
Of course, this spiritual service is not just expected of church leaders, but of all believers. One of the tragedies of the local church today is that, in most cases, you have ten percent of the people in the church doing 99 percent of the work. So many spiritual gifts are not being put to use. Ninety percent of the people who come to church on Sunday are there to be served. They are only interested in what they can get out of it. They are not interested in serving God or others. This is often shown in how we talk about a church service. We say, ‘I enjoyed that singing.’ Or, ‘That service really blessed my heart.’ We rarely give thought to the fact that we are there to worship and serve God while we serve others.
Every spiritual gift is given with the intention of being used to serve God and minister to others. Society would not tolerate a medic who does not use his training and ability to save lives or a firefighter who does not use his training and ability to put out fires. Even so, the church should not tolerate Christians who do not put their spiritual gift to use in the work of ministry.
Our prayer ought to be as the one expressed in this hymn by Ken Bible:
I’ve felt Your great compassion, Lord.
Touch a life through me.
May just one heart in hopeless night
Be helped and healed and brought to life
By love so warm and free.
I’ve known Your sweet forgiveness, Lord.
Pour it out through me.
When wrong is done and anger burns,
I’ll share the mercy none can earn
That flows forever free.
You’ve given me hope that will not die.
Lord, shine it out through me,
For all who come to Christ the Son
Will find their heaven here begun
And glimpse what life can be.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
For her to grow stronger in You
for her son to stop drinking
for her other son who is in jail to come home
for her daughter to stop her adultery
for her grand children
Heal him of kidney infections and pain or any internal organ problems and heal his body, grant him quick recovery, good health and long life
Heal and save her family and resolve all their issues
— Vera in Montgomery, Alabama
For her daughter to be healed of mental retardation and speech delay, for a full time paying job and a debt free home, and credit card debts, for salvation for all her family members, that they will be sold out for You, that You will give her a Godly man to marry
— Raul in Premont, Texas
For his kidney function to be 100%
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Pentecostal Church
Glenn E. Miller Sr.
Barry S. Mitchell
Charles N. Moore
Jonathan L. Pulliam
Derrick A. Reeves
Otto Richardson Jr.
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
OREGON STATE LEGISLATURE
Herman Baertschiger Jr.?
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.