Order in God’s House
Do you want to know why there is so chaos in the church? It’s because the church is not functioning the way God has ordained for it to; the church is out of order! It is a fact that the devils attack the church, but everything cannot be blamed on Satan and his demons.
Many people that I’ve been involved with over the years believe some of the gifts ceased, and they were only needed at the beginning of the church in Acts (a historical book).
Internet - Why is Acts so important? Acts is the only biblical book that chronicles the history of the church immediately after Jesus’s ascension. As such, it provides us with a valuable account of how the church was able to grow and spread out from Jerusalem into the rest of the Roman Empire.
The book of Acts was the foundation – the groundwork was set for the church to continue until Jesus returns. Nothing stopped after the book of Acts, which was beginning of the church. Why would God stop something that He started when He said being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
Has Christ come back yet? And why did Paul write most of the New Testament books about the church? That doesn’t make any sense at all.
The book of Acts set the stage for the apostles that Jesus sent out to establish the church; because they needed to spend more time in the Word, there was a need for deacons to serve the people. That is the reason many people believe deacons are next to the pastor (1 Timothy 3:1-8).
These people who have that kind of mindset do not understand that the bishop/elder role is that of the five ministry offices (the words are interchangeable). As a matter of fact, the Word says that if any man desires the office of a bishop; a five fold-fold ministry office.
The word "deacon" designates an appointed member of the local church who assists by serving other members and meeting material needs. [Although this is still spiritual].
Let’s sum up the order, the deacons are next to the elders (five-ministry offices).
The church is allowing the devil’s influence to keep them ignorant, and there is no power. If God’s people believe certain things are not for today, they are not in faith, whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23b).
The worst thing that is happening in the church is the pastor is functioning alone as the under shepherd when Jesus Himself gave the church the five ministry offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, and pastor (Ephesians 4:11). Therefore, the church will be out of order until she starts functioning the way God ordained her to function. The reason some pastors say they get burned out, is because they are not in line with the Word of God.
We are one body of believers in Christ, but there are many parts, and one member cannot function without the other And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need.
But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it (1 Corinthians 12:21-26). No BIG Is and little u’s].
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so, pants my soul for You, O God (Psalm 42:1). You will want to do what the Lord’s will. As a deer s thirsty, we should be thirsting after righteousness, and we will be fully accepting God’s will (Matthew 5:6) - it takes yielding.
~ Betty A. Burnett ~