We are called into different functions

Philip preached the Word of God, People were touched and they accepted the Lord, he baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus but it was only through the laying of hands by Peter and John that they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:16-17 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit. Even though Philip had the Holy Spirit His calling was only for preaching, he never performed any miracles and never felt bitter that Peter and John came and took the glory from him. The different gifts that God gave are for the strengthening of the house of God but so far we are so divided by the different gifts that exist today. If one knows what they are called for, they won’t be bothered by what others are doing.

Jealousy has divide the house of God. Man and Woman of God stand before the pulpit to ridicule one another misleading the children of God. Pastors want to own the congregants as if they are their people and forget that these are God’s people. Whatever role you played, you have planted a seed, let another water it, it’s all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.

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God and his Word are one

The message from the pulpit should be the same with no conflic. We all read the same Bible and preach about the same person yet the nowadays the pulpit is the source of conflict. 1 Corinthians 15:11 So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

No amount of preaching can change a man.

We attend services, man and woman of God gives what we call powerful sermons yet only few will be impacted by the preaching. There is always a loud shout of “Amen” as the preaching continues but it’s only the Holy Spirit that can effect that change. Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. One need his own Damascus moment for a true revelation of who God is. Going into discussion and argue God’s existence, will only exhaust you. The men walking with Saul, heard the voice but we’re never touched as it did to Saul. You must be authorized for what you are saying to make an impact in your preaching. Acts 9:7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one!

When there is a visitation by the Holy Spirit, no man can convince you otherwise about God. Most of us, we grew up in Christian families but never had our own expirience with God, hence we can be long standing members with bad and unforgiving hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.

Paul was surprised to meet people who have been long in the Lord yet never knew the Holy Spirit. We are just happy to be gathering every Sunday in spiritual gymnastics, yet we continue to grieve the Holy Spirit with our conduct. Acts 19:1-2 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

God cares more about His people.

Matthew 13:27-30 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.'”

It’s not that God cannot remove false prophets and teachers from the pulpit, He cares more about His people. Remember that a pastor can be doing wrong things but most of the congregants are there with good intentions. Some wouldn’t even know the Gospel if it were not for that pastor or prophet. Philippians 1:15-18 It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.

The Bible says, we will all be judged based on how we conducted ourselves. Time will come when God deal with the conducts of those misleading or ill-treating His people. If David is the epitome of Christianity and had faults why think pastors are angels. No one is without sin. Look up to Jesus. Deuteronomy 32:48-52 That same day the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Moab, to the mountains east of the river, and climb Mount Nebo, which is across from Jericho. Look out across the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the people of Israel as their own special possession. Then you will die there on the mountain. You will join your ancestors, just as Aaron, your brother, died on Mount Hor and joined his ancestors. For both of you betrayed me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. You failed to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel there. So you will see the land from a distance, but you may not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

We focus too much on the faults of pastors than our own salvation. God allowed Saul to lead His people even though, he was not the ideal candidate because the people wanted a leader. He even gave him the grace to prophesy. James 3:1-2 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

The Fivefold ministries

When Jesus left us, he made sure that the church is not left vulnerable. What He was able to do while on earth , He enabled the church through His Spirit to continue the works. Preaching alone won’t liberate people from life of sin, sometimes, we need to break the spiritual barriers caused by powers and principalities of the kingdom of darkness. Ephesians 4:11-12 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

If Christ saw it necessary that the fivefold must exist, why are we hostile to some? Worse when even pastors criticize prophets at the pulpit. Lead a life worthy of your calling, don’t mislead people because there is one or two prophets out of line. Preach the Word, don’t be swayed away by jealousy, focus on what you are called for and the people you are called for. Church members belongs to God and there for God. Ephesians 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

When Jesus left us, he made sure that the church is not left vulnerable. What He was able to do while on earth , He enabled the church through His Spirit to continue the works. Preaching alone won’t liberate people from life of sin, sometimes, we need to break the spiritual barriers caused by powers and principalities of the kingdom of darkness. Ephesians 4:11-12 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

If Christ saw it necessary that the fivefold must exist, why are we hostile to some? Worse when even pastors criticize prophets at the pulpit. Lead a life worthy of your calling, don’t mislead people because there is one or two prophets out of line. Preach the Word, don’t be swayed away by jealousy, focus on what you are called for and the people you are called for. Church members belongs to God and there for God. Ephesians 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

While Christians entertain critics, people are suffering.

That there are fake prophets and pastors, doesn’t mean the work of Christ must stop. Whether you do something or not, remember that critics will find something to talk about, just be in the will of God. Matthew 9:32-34 When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed. But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”

If Christ was criticized by people who ought to preach the gospel, who are you? We use the same book but we differ because we use human understanding.