Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Name Game

Name 1 pastor in the New Testament.

Name 1 evangelist in the N.T.

Name 1 prophet in the N.T.

Name 1 apostle in the N. T.

Name your pastor.

Name your evangelist.

Name your prophet.

Name your apostle.

Many people use Ephesians 4:11 (NIV) 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 prove the office of pastor.

Based on that reasoning, this passage also proves you should be able to name your evangelist, prophet and apostle.

My point is this. We need to be consistent in our approach to the Bible.

If the pastor’s role is the most significant in our modern day churches shouldn’t the New Testament reflect that same significance as well?


Anonymous said...

Question -- What are your definitions of pastor, evangelist, prophet? Apostle -- in NT =12. What is your definition of apostle for modern church?


David Grant said...

The definitions are the same now as when they were first penned. These words are functions.
Apostle = sent ones (sent to plant churches)
Pastor = shepherd
Prophet = one who prophesies
Evangelist = spreads good news

There are some today that would say apostles and prophets don't exist because we now have the Bible to replace them. There is nothing in the Bible that delares such a strange view.

Ephesians 2:19,20 declares them to be foundation builders with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. And Jesus declared that He would build His church. Thankfully He is still doing that very thing.