x354.........Leadership Is Not Biblical If it Does Not Release Ministry.

Every example of New Testament leadership that we have (Jesus and the apostles that followed after Him) released ministry. The very first consideration that Jesus had in the very beginning of His ministry in the earth was to find disciples (students), whom He would teach--with the aim of creating apostles (messengers) who would carry on His ministry.

17* From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 18* ¶ And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19* And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:17-19)

How long did it take for Jesus to release His disciples into ministry? The book of Matthew records 3 chapters of teaching the disciples (Mathew 5-7) and 2 chapters of the demonstration of the authority of God (Mathew 8-9). to heal and save.


In these chapters Jesus demonstrates all the ministry gifts to His disciples. He teaches......

1* ¶ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, (Matthew 5:1-2)

He demonstrates the pastoral anointing--

36* But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)

He used the prophetic gift to preach with authority--

17* From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

28* And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29* For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)

He revealed the fact that He was the apostle of God the Father--

"He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent (Greek: "apostello") me. (Matthew 10:40)

He preached repentance and the kingdom of God--the work of an evangelist--

17* From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

23* ¶ And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23)

Jesus did ministry with the signs of Godly ministry following after Him---healing and salvation.

Also, note that Jesus demonstrated the gifts of the Spirit in His ministry as well--

28* And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1Corinthians 12:28)

(Of course it is interesting to note that these the gifts are described as being divided up amongst "every man" in the church--

7* But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (1Corinthians 12:7)

In fact these Spirit gifts are the description of the church--but they are also the description of Christ as well---

7* But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8* For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9* To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11* But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12* ¶ For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

All the gifts of the Spirit--and the gifts of ministry were demonstrated in the earth by Jesus. It was the work that He did when He was here as a man in the earth. And the Bible clearly says that we as the "church" the body of Christ in the earth today--ought to understand that we are all members of this body--and ought to have the same functions and working in the earth today.


So, as we see, Jesus in the very beginning of His ministry taught of and demonstrated all the gifts of ministry and the Spirit to His disciples. But once He had done this--in chapters 5-9 of the book of Matthew--He released His disciples to do the same work He had done. He gave them the same authority He had--

1* ¶ And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (Matthew 10:1)

and then He "sent" them---

2* Now the names of the twelve apostles are these;... (Matthew 2:1)

They are now called "apostles" which means "messenger--those who are "sent"

And He further instructs them in their ministry--releasing them to do all the gifts of ministry and the Spirit that He had taught and demonstrated--

5* ¶ These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6* But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7* And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8* Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:5-8)

It is very clear that one of Jesus' central concerns, and one of the most important basics of His ministry in the earth, was to release people into ministry, to release people into the same authority that He had. To "send" apostles to do the the same work that He had done.

Jesus commanded that we "teach" all people--

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matthew 28:19)

He commanded that we "send" apostles--

18* As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19* And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20* ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (John 17:18-20)

Jesus "sent" (apostello) His followers--but He clearly prayed this same prayer for all of us--"....for them also which shall believe on me through their word;". The same prayer He made to His followers 2,000 years ago Jesus prayed for us today. As He "sent" apostles--so He prayed for all believers--yes including us today----all of us!!


The book of Romans clearly commands us to "send" people--to relase people to be apostles--this is the way that people are saved-!

13* For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14* How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15* And how shall they preach, except they be sent? (Romans 10:13-15)

How shall people hear of our Lord, unless people are released into ministry--unless people are "sent"?

According to the Bible, there is no other way---

But the devil knows this and it is his chief concern to hinder this amongst Christians in every way possible.

What of the ministry of the Holy Ghost? Did the Holy Ghost ministry that began at the day of pentecost release ministry also? Absolutely yes---When the believers were filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of pentecost, every one of them was released into ministry--

1* ¶ And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2* And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3* And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4* And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

They received the Spirit--but they did not keep it to themselves. Jesus had already given them the command of what they needed to do with the gift of the Spirit--

8* But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts1:8)

He has already told them to allow the Holy Spirit to empower the Gospel that they had inside of themselves--to witness Him all across the world. The empowerment of the Holy Ghost filled everyone, and they immediately began to speak to the crowds--to witness the Gospel in the tongues of everyone who was present.

...... we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." (Acts 2:11)

The Holy Ghost supplied exactly what they needed to get 3,000 souls saved in one day. The first act of the Holy Ghost in the earth was to release everyone into ministry.


Questions:

Is it not the same Spirit which was poured out 2,000 years ago, which fills and empowers us believers today?

And, is not Jesus Christ the same today, as He was then?

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8, KJV).

amen.