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The seventh and final pillar of an effective church? Discipleship.
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:
13 Till we 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:
The whole point of the Fivefold Ministry? Is to build people up. Christians are supposed to come into the unity of the faith. There is a unity in God that very few of us enjoy, because we are never taught about it.
There is knowledge of the Son of God that we are all supposed to possess. Often, Christians hang their respective hats on denominationalism. Each gift however is designed to bring us to a full knowledge of Christ. “Perfect” in this context means mature, fully developed, seasoned, and fruit bearing. Measuring up to walking the same way Jesus walked when He walked this earth.
It is impossible to achieve any of the above biblical mandates without strong teaching. Our minds and our spirits must be exposed to the Word of God, and we must become students of it ourselves. There is no way our minds can be transformed without study. No way we can have changed daily lives without understanding what the Word says, how to apply it to our lives, and why we should obey it in the first place.
This concludes the series on Seven Pillars of an Effective Church. May God guide you in your efforts as you build your part in His Kingdom unto His eternal glory. Amen.