A. Every Christian is Gifted for Some Ministry; Therefore, All Believers are Ministers.
1. “All Christians are called to ministry. If you are not a minister, this is another way of saying you are not a Christian.”--Elton Trueblood
2. “For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function. . . . Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” (Rom. 12:4-6)
3. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.... since you are eager for the manifestation of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.” (1 Cor. 12)
B. The Role of Pastors and Teachers Is Spelled Out in the New Testament: “And His Gifts Were That Some Should Be. . .Pastors and Teachers for the Equipment of the Saints for the Work of Ministry for Building Up the Body of Christ (Eph 4:11-12)
C. The Local Church Has All the Necessary Gifts for Effective Ministry and Growth “This fact, that every Christian has a gift and therefore a responsibility, and that no Christian is passed by and left without an endowment, is fundamental to the New Testament doctrine of the church. It should also transform the life of Christians and churches. Many church leaders complain that the congregation lacks gifted lay leadership, and this is the standard excuse for attempting little. But Scripture addresses each local church with the same word which Paul used to the Corinthians:
“You are the Body of Christ.” Thus, Scripture and assumptions in the church are often at variance with each other; appearances indicating that the congregation is destitute of gifts, while Scripture says, ‘It is not so! You are the Body of Christ.’ If we take God at his word, then we are committed to believe that He has endowed, or at least is willing to endow, each local church with all the gifts it needs for life, health, growth, and ministry.” John Stott