The Importance of Church Office in the Ordinary Ministry

Friday, 29 Apr 2011

In Scripture all of God's people are presented as priests, living stones being built into a holy sanctuary. Yet not all of the covenant people are ministers. All are sheep, but not all are shepherds under the Great Shepherd (as Paul especially argues in 1 Cor. 11 and 12). There are different gifts and different callings within the one body. Christ is the sole mediator between God and humanity (1Titus 2:5), but he has given "the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers" to his body, "building [it] up" (Eph. 4:5-16). These differing gifts generate special ...

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