FiveFold Office GIFTS…..Calling to Commissioning is a God Ordained Process!
God Gave and God Sets
These ministry offices and gifts are given and set in the church by the Lord.Anyone that is familiar with the church must realize that these gifts and callings are still needed today.
Each office of the five fold ministry; Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher, carries its own PECULIAR(specific) anointing and has its own individual work. These offices MUST work together,RECOGNIZING AND APPRECIATING THEIR DIFFERENCES BUT UNDERSTANDING THE MAIN GOAL,THAT IS, the building up of the body of Christ.
How to come into the office- Calling, Choosing, Commissioning
A. Calling- To be called-John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”. Because of God’s Love for the church, he calls persons to five fold ministry. Much is required of those persons he calls because he will hold those persons to a higher standard.
B. Choosing Matthew 20:16 for many are called, but few chosen. Why? The period of choosing is a season or time of training, character development, tests and trials. It is a time period where I believe God will determine whether one can be trusted. Further God designs a unique individualized training regime for each person in fivefold ministry. The difference between choosing and commissioning is whether or not men and women of God will be willing to go through the process whereby they can be commissioned.
C. Commissioned- One sent forth with a specific duty, or task by a principal (Price, 2006). Commissioning is like graduation God puts his stamp of approval on you. Once you are commissioned, you will need no announcement, you will carry an air of anointing and authority. Biblical example of calling to commission Joseph from being sold into slavery to ruling Egypt or David tending sheep to being King. Calling to commission may take years.
LET GOD ORDER YOUR STEPS AS YOU WALK IN YOUR CALLING. WAIT FOR HIM!! HE SEES AND KNOWS ALL.
© DR. Fay Maureen Butler, 2013