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The result of the people involved in the `Work’ at the 5-fold `Work’ level will be: –

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

Ephesians 4:14.

The problems of being theologically based in ones church activities, rather than `work’ `Work’ based are highlighted in verse 14 above. In the `Wworkplace’ the fruit is what counts –

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control;

Galatians 5:22

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft; hatred discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19 -21

To defend ones theological position; the need is inevitable to arrive at a position of theological disputations, which eventually leads to `deceitful scheming’ in order to uphold ones theological position.

One is forced into: –

You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned in the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

Isaiah 14:13, 14

This situation comes about because we become entranced with the splendour of one’s own theological position!

The scribes and the Pharisees were always accusing Jesus on theological issues, demanding that he come into line with them. [I will set myself above you]. Jesus accused them of being whited sepulchers, snakes and vipers!

The only safe way to go is with the Wwork, in which it is the Holy Spirits function to be the: –

I have said all this to you while I am still with you.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will be your teacher

in all things and will put you in mind of everything I have said to you.

May peace be with you; my peace I give to you: I give it not as the world gives. Let not your

heart be troubled; let it be without fear.

John 14:25 – 27 [Bible in basic English]

Counsellor will not come to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”

John 16:7 – 11

It is easy to read the above scripture quickly and lose the tremendous import of the words, which show that it is the Work of the Holy Spirit and not ours to – CONVICT THE WORLD OF GUILT IN REGARD TO

SIN

RIGHTEOUSNESS

JUDGEMENT.

We usurp the God given function of the Holy Spirit if we attempt to bring conviction in any of the above 3 areas, thus our sole function is to present the Word, and then allow the Holy Spirit to proceed with His Work.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

John 14:25, 26.

A way to flow easily with the Holy Spirit has been dealt with in considerable detail in Book 3 THE LOCAL CHURCH – HIS BODY MANIFEST. Study of that Book will show that all we have to do is to present the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, through His Word, and then let the Holy Spirit get on with His function; in meetings which allow Him to Work.

‘So he said to me, “this is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: `Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Zechariah 4:6.

“But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Matthew 12:28.

As believers we need to begin to work at the details of the New Covenant:

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord

I will put my laws in their minds

and write them on their hearts.

No longer will a man teach his neighbour,

or a man his brother, saying,

`Know the Lord’

because they will all know me,

from the least of them to the greatest.

For I will forgive their wickedness, and will remember them no more.”

Hebrews 8:10-12.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. That is why God says:

When he ascended on high,

he led captives in his train

and gave gifts to men.”

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for the works of service…………..

Ephesians 4:1 – 12

* From these scriptures it is plainly evident that there is `work’ that believers are expected to be equipped in, and take part in! This is the period of initial training, so constitutes `work’ spelt with a small `w’.

We see an example of this in the life of Paul: –

Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles……..

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up into the third heaven.

Galatians 2:1, 2 Corinthians 12:2

* Where work is spelt with a capital ‘W’ in the text below, it refers to all Work done by the 5-fold ministries, i.e. Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist and Teacher.

Where work is spelt with a small ‘w’ it refers to work done by believers, preferably in a 5-fold configuration, in terms of being trainee ‘future’ 5-fold ministers.

Where the letters ‘Ww’ are combined together, it refers to Wwork done in collaboration between the 5-fold minsters, and the trainee believers.

So Paul took part in church activities at the local level for fourteen years before entering the `Work’ spelt with a capital `W’ as the scriptures imply below: –

In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucuis of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,

“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 13:1 – 3.

The parameters within which one arrives at the `Work’ level are clearly laid out in Book 6 of this series that deals with

YOUR STRONGHOLD – HIS BODY – THE CHURCH

* The goal of this `Work’ and `work’ is: –

………to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:12, 13.

BOOK 5

THE WORK – THE CHURCH

GOD————————LOVE

— –

– IS –

— –

LOVE————————GOD

GOD

IS & FUNCTIONS AS

DIVERSITY-in-UNITY

UNITY-in-DIVERSITY

IN GOD

THIS CAN ALSO BE EXPRESSED AS

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION

INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

AND ON THAT BASIS WE SEE THAT

*THE FATHER IS ALWAYS

– ONLY – THE FATHER

*THE SON IS ALWAYS

– ONLY – THE SON

*THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALWAYS

– ONLY – THE HOLY SPIRIT

SO

IN

~~~ GOD’S KINGDOM

~~~ FUNCTION

~~~ IN LOVE ~~~

~~~ IS THE [PATTERN]

WE HAVE TO FOLLOW —>

THERE CAN BE NO

UNITY

IN

FUNCTION

IN UNITY

WITHOUT A

COVENANT RELATIONSHIP

SO OUR PATTERNS

ARE THE

`DETAILS’ OF

THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP

We will go into the subject of a Christian stronghold in much greater detail in Book 6, but we find in the chart below further contextualization of the spiritual sacrifices, the offerings and the five-fold ministry.

These are all vital to link the establishment and development of Churches together.

SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES

`…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’

1 Peter 2:5.

..to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship

…Romans 12:1

“and do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess His Name.”

Hebrews 13:15

…. who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,……………..

Hebrews 9:14

…, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:7.

COVENANT

PRAYER

WORSHIP

GOOD NEWS

BIBLE STUDY

Apostle [male]

Prophet [male or female]

Pastor [male or female]

Evangelist [male or female]

Teacher [male or female]

THE OFFERINGS

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him in the Tent of Meeting. When any of you brings an offering to the Lord…

Leviticus Chapters 1-5

VOLUNTARY

COMPULSORY

BURNT

Leviticus 1

MEAL

Leviticus 2

PEACE

Leviticus 3

SIN

Leviticus 4

TRESPASS

Leviticus 5

Blood & flesh all consumed.

All for God.

Bloodless.

Some for priests.

Blood & flesh & fat.

Portion for Priest,

God & Person.

Blood & flesh.

Blood & flesh.

Bullock

sheep

Pigeon

flour, salt, oil, frank-

incense

Ox,

sheep,

goat.

bullock, goat,

lamb.

lamb/kid, doves, flour.

Adapted from a table by Steve Wheeler

Thus we can see there is a direct correlation between

Moses tabernacle offerings and the spiritual sacrifices.

[JESUS SAID]

But your hearts are full of sorrow because I have said these things.

But what I am saying is true: my going is for your good: for if I do not go away,

the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

And he, when he comes, will make the world conscious of sin, and of righteousness,

and of being judged:

Of sin, because they have not faith in me;

Of righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no more;

Of being judged, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

JOHN 16:7 – 11. Bible in Basic English]

… NOT KNOWING THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADETH THEE TO REPENTANCE?

ROMANS 2:4b AUTHORIZED VERSION.

… NOT REALISING THAT GOD’S KINDNESS LEADS YOU TO REPENTANCE?

ROMANS 2:4b. N.I.V.

The reason we can call this the Glorious Church is shown in the following scriptures, and it cannot be over-emphasized: –

Ephesians 4:11 -16

11 And he gave some as Apostles, and some, prophets; and some, preachers of the good news; and some to give care and teaching;

[Authors note – pastor and teacher are from two different Greek words —

pastor’ is Strong’s 4166 poimhn poimen poy-mane’

and ‘teacher’ is Strong’s 1320 didaskaloj didaskalos did-as’-kal-os

and therefore are two different ministries and offices.]

12 For the training of the saints as servants in the church, for the building up of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come to the harmony of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to full growth, to the full measure of Christ:

14 So that we may be no longer children, sent this way and that, turned about by every wind of teaching, by the twisting and tricks of men, by the deceits of error;

15 But saying true words in love, may come to full growth in him, who is the head, even Christ;

16 Through whom all the body, being rightly formed and united together, by the full working of every part, is increased to the building up of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:11 – 16 [Bible in Basic English]

Please note verse 13 in particular which states that if we do the five-fold ministry we will become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ,

and if that is the situation how can the Church that is set up in this way be anything but the Glorious Church?

The numbers in the general body of all Books 1 through 12 have significance as well, as we can see from the comments below.

Wherever the numbers below are found in the Bible, they are found to have the given contextual meaning.

Multiples of numbers enhance the meaning by the equivalent of the multiple, and meaning of the original number.

To contextualize the above we need to take note of the following in the scriptures:

1 = beginning, source.

2 = witness, testimony

3 = Godhead, wholeness

4 = earth, world, 4 corners, 4 winds, 4 seasons

6 = against man/men, satan

5 = grace, offerings, ministry.

7 = divine perfection, completeness.

8 = Resurrection, new beginnings

9 = Finality, Fullness, time from conception to birth, what God gives.

10 = law order, government, Ten Commandments, human responsibility.

11 = Incompleteness, destruction.

12 = Divine government, 12 apostles, administration.

In God’s kingdom it is never about status; but always about function and responsibility.

Believers — ‘Ecclesia’ — the called out ones [from the world].

This applies to everybody in the Body of Christ, no matter what functions they may have, and this aspect remains eternally, which means that even if one has a world-wide ministry, we must never forget that one is just a believer with other believers, and one fellowships with other believers on that basis, and ministry is part of our function and responsibility not about status.

*Books 1 through 12 in this series, and in particular 3 through 7, are individual explanations of the areas of their concern, based on research into those areas since 1989. Revelation from the Holy Spirit was and is crucial to the impact and grasp of the implications of each section now and into the future..

Jesus said: –

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:17 – 20.

The local Church needs to meet on church ground – that is wherever the Church meets, wherever the Body of Christ manifests, and to build a stronghold – everything that the Body of Christ stands for; to help with –

`The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

[1 John 3:8b]

What is the responsibility of the brethren?

Each brother or sister must not only bear the responsibility of the local meeting/cell group, but also consider all the brothers and sisters who are in Christian fellowship throughout the earth.

INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION

….., to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:2, 3, Also 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 7, 2:14.

Churches established by a person, individually, from the four ministries of Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist and Teacher, only, will mean that the world will be seen through that individual’s shade of spectacles. Believers will get only one-fourth of the picture.

The Lord ensured that the author of this book SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG was led, step-by-step, to find clear definitions and explanations, from the Scriptures, of how the five-fold ministry was made up and expressed. He took me outside of my own shade of spectacles, and would not let me put my own emphasis on matters.

e.g. see meaning of Biblical numbers, see below.

He has done this consistently since 1989.

~~~ PIONEERS BEGIN THE PROCESS

1Corinthians 3:11 [New International Version]

For no-one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

*** 1 PERSON SHARES THE VISION OF THE GOOD NEWS – WITNESSING

This is a type of the Apostle with regard to the covenant meeting].

Full detail for this, and all five-fold ministry detail, can be found in Books 3 through 7 of this series.

Ephesians 2:20 [New International Version]

built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

*** 2 PEOPLE EXPLAIN THE VISION OF THE GOOD NEWS – SHARE GROUP

Prophetic ministry, together the Apostle, with regard to the prayer meeting.

—* and is mainly to the backsliders.

Evangelistic ministry, with regard to the Good News meeting.

—* and is mainly to the lost

The pattern is given in the following scriptures.

Ephesians 4:11 [New International Version]

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

*** 3 PEOPLE WHO COMPRISE THE INNER CIRCLE OF THE VISIONARY TEAM

James/Prophet: [as described in Books 3 through 7 of this series with regard to the Prayer meeting*].

Peter/Evangelist: [as described Book 3 through 7 of this series with regard to the Good News meeting*].

John/Teacher: [as described in Book 3 through 7 of this series with regard to the Bible Study meeting*]]

Matthew 10:2 [New International Version]

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot,

~~ LEADERSHIP CORE OF 12 IS GATHERED

3 sets of 4 Ministries — PROPHET, EVANGELIST, PASTOR, TEACHER. [as described in Book 3 through 7 of this series]

The leadership core stage provides a group to own, and oversee, the vision. This core stage consists of 12 leaders chosen because of their potential for their obedience to the Lord, not because of their learning, or their apparent ability. They are the basic community for preparing future leaders. The Pastor provides for stability at this stage. The first set of Elders can be drawn from this group as well.

Luke 10:1 [New International Version]

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two {Some manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17} others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

~~~ THE SUPPORT NETWORK OF 70 FOLLOWERS SETS THE PROTOTYPE.

The support network stage gathers together those who will implement the vision. Jesus equipped and trained His core group, and an extended family network over a period of about 3 years, and who were often deployed 2 or by 3 at a time. These are made up of multiples of the prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher ministries depending on the need of the situation.

*

Acts 2:1 [New International Version]

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues {Or languages; also in verse 11} as the Spirit enabled them.

~~~ 120 BECOME THE FIRST BASE CONGREGATION.

The base congregation forms the unit where power for ministry and multiplication can happen. The upper room experience! The structure as shown in Books 1 through 12 in this series is a vital element in preparing the congregation to be able to give full expression to the power they will receive from the Holy Spirit. Good vegetation can only be grown in fertile, well prepared ground. This is the point at which the established cell groups can begin setting themselves up as above to start making other congregations. The result will be as these verses below describe.

*Acts 2:41 [New International Version]

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Acts 4:4 [New International Version]

But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

~~~ 3000 AND 5000 WHO BECOME CONVERTS.

They then represent the resurrected Christ in His new spiritual body the Church, harmonized into the multiplication of cells, congregations and churches in “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth” as described in Books 1 through 12 of this series, which complete the information needed for the foundation of the Glorious Church. The church expands the vision; the cycle continues until all who will have been called into the Kingdom of God.

So that there might be no division in the body; but all the parts might have the same care for one another.

And if there is pain in one part of the body, all the parts will be feeling it; or if one part is

honored, all the parts will be glad.

Now you are the body of Christ, and every one of you the separate parts of it.

1 Corinthians 12:25 – 27 [Bible in Basic English]

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