Developing A World-Wide Miracle Ministry
By Lynndene Way
Purpose of this study:
- To define the purpose of ministry gifts and the local church to raise up and train believers to do the work of the ministry and fulfill the great commission Jesus gave all His disciples.
- To inspire faith in the believer and motivate them to affect their sphere of influence with the gospel.
- To show from the Word of God that every believer has a world-wide miracle ministry, and how to effectively develop that ministry.
What is a believer? One who has believed on, trusted in, relied on, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, Redeemer, and Lord. As a result of their belief, God has given them eternal life, made them a new creation, translated them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, forgiven them of all sin, redeemed them by His blood unto Himself, called them with a holy calling to be kings and priests.
Their belief (faith) proceeds out of their heart (spirit), not their intellect. It is based on what the Bible, the Word of God, says. They have a firm conviction that the Word of God is Truth. They have a revelation of Jesus which has been given to them by the Holy Spirit, which has convicted them of their sin, of their state without God and their inability to save themselves. The Holy Spirit has convinced them of them of their redemption from sin and the power of death, hell and Satan because of the death of Jesus on the cross and the shedding of His precious blood. This is what a believer has confessed with their mouth and believes in their heart, which results in their receiving eternal life, or salvation, or any promise of God. John 3:15-16, 36; John 5:24; John 6:47; Romans 10:9-10.
Every born again believer is called to be a minister. This does not mean that every believer is called to the 5-folf ministry, a pulpit ministry, or will minister behind a pulpit to masses of people. But, every believer is called to have a world-wide miracle ministry. Every believer has the ministry of reconciliation. Every believer is commanded to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Every believer is to do the works of Jesus (preach the gospel, heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead) in the power of the Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; 2Cor. 5:18; Matt. 10:5-8.
What is ministry? Ministry is work. The word “ministry” simply means to serve or to dispense. In the Old Testament, the word minister means: to attend as a menial servant or worshipper; to serve; to contribute to. In the New Testament, all of the Greek words regarding ministry, have one root, “diakoneo” which means to be an attendant; to wait upon menially or as a host, friend or teacher; technically to act as a church deacon, minister unto; serve; to provide relief or service; one who executes the command of another; to run on errands as an attendant.
All ministry, whether it is five-fold ministry gifts, helps ministry, any office of the local church – ALL MINISTRY is summed up in serving. Serving God and serving man. We assume the attitude of Jesus who came not to be served (KJV uses the word, “ministered”), but to serve (KJV, “minister”) and give his life as a ransom for many. The life of Jesus was a life of service. Jesus came to this earth at the command of His Father. He laid aside His own ministry and glory, became a servant and example for us to follow. Matt:20:25-28; John 13:1-17; Phil. 2:6-8
8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
9 (Now this, “He ascended”– what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head– Christ–
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (NKJ)
The Five-fold ministry gifts are gifts given by God to the Church. These are men and women who are supernaturally called by God, set apart for a particular service, anointed by God, equipped with grace, and sent by God to accomplish the purposes ordained by God. Those called to the office of the apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist or teacher, are called to serve God and the Church in full time ministry. These gives are given to the church for the following purposes:
- To equip the saints (believers) to do the work of the ministry.The saints are to be trained and taught to do the work of the ministry. Ministry is spelled, W-O-R-K! Exodus 18:18-25; 2 Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:12
The local church should be the training ground to equip the believers so that each sphere of influence in that community would be affected by the life and testimony of Jesus Christ as He is manifested by the testimony and life of the believers in their city. It is the duty and responsibility of the pastor of the local church to teach, train and equip the members of the local church to do the work of the ministry.
- The 5-fold ministry is called to edify (build up, strengthen, & establish) the body of Christ.
- The function of the 5-fold ministry is to cause the body of Christ to grow up and become spiritually mature by speaking the Truth (the Word of God), feeding the sheep, tending to their needs, and nurturing them.Eph. 4:16 says, every joint is to supply. This means that all of the parts of the body are dependent upon one another; every part is to work effectively, and every part is to do its share. The pastor must teach the church the necessity of working together as a body, cause them to recognize and realize their giftings and abilities and then release them to their “world” to ministry. You learn ministry by doing ministry. Jesus gathered His disciples around himself and taught them precept and principles. Then He showed them what they should do. He gave them opportunities to apply the principles in a supervised safe environment. Today, that place is the local church. Then He sent them forth do fulfill their ministry in the world. The Bible says that the 12 disciples, and later the 70, returned to Jesus to report the results of their “mission” or ministry trip. Their experiences were evaluated. This caused their faith to be strengthened and their ministry to develop and mature.
Servanthood is the key work connected with ministry – ALL MINISTRY, from the pulpit to the pew!
In Matt. 20:20-28, ministers are not to minister to people by lording over, by dominating or controlling others. Ministry is not about a title or position, but SERVICE!
A servant’s heart is the motivation for all ministry.
We serve with the grace that God supplies (Romans 12:3 & 6; 1 Peter 4:10-11), motivated by love – our love for God and love for man.
All ministry is service. It is being a servant of God to the people God loves and cares for, to the people God sent His son to die for. It means that believers take the Word of God, the life of God, the provision of God to meet the needs of mankind by the power of God.
Whatever ministry one is called to, whether it is 5-fold ministry, helps ministry (every believer is called to help – 1 Cor. 12:28), or being used in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4-11), or other areas of service as listed in Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-11, it is important that we realize that the aim or goal of ALL ministry is:
- To manifest the life and character of Jesus
- To meet the need of others
- To bless people
- To build up, edify, strengthen and establish the Church (including the local church)
- To glorify God
The Two Aspects of the Believer’s Ministry
- Every believer has a ministry in the local church.
- Every believer has a ministry in the “world”
- The Believer’s Ministry within the local church
- All members of the church are to be involved in the helps ministry of the church.The helps ministry is listed in 1 Cor. 12:28. An example of some of the functions of helps ministry is given in Acts 6:1-8. In the ministry of Jesus, the disciples functioned in the helps ministry, i.e., in Matt. 14:13 – 22, in the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus told the disciples to seat the people in groups (ushers), serve the people the bread and fish (table waiters), then He told the disciples to clean up the remains (janitors), and then get a ship and go to the next city to prepare for ministry. This is a picture of ministry in the local church. Every area of ministry in the local church is helps ministry – praise and worship team, children and youth workers, office workers, ushers, parking lot attenders, intercessory prayer teams, altar workers, counselors, outreach teams, givers, benevolence or mercy ministries, etc. All of these areas of ministry help in aiding and assisting the pastor to fulfill the God-given vision for the church.
- Every spirit-filled believer is a candidate to minister (dispense, administrate, or pour forth) the gifts of the Holy Spirit.Any believer can be used as a channel of the Holy Spirit in any of the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit as He wills. 1 Corinthians chapters 12 – 14. Every believer is exhorted and encouraged to desire spiritual gifts. The motive for desiring to be used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to bless, strengthen, encourage, exhort, and edify the church. 1 Cor. 14:5,12, & 26
Pastors should teach and train the believers in the local church, the will of God concerning the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and not only create the atmosphere for the gifts to manifest, but also provide a safe and supervised learning environment for the believers to test and minister the Spirit.
- Within the walls of the local church, the believer’s ministry is not primarily a
pulpit ministry. It may not be an altar ministry, or a any kind of public or
All the believers in a local church participate in the ministry that comes from
the pulpit or around the altar as they pray and intercede while this ministry is
taking place around the altar.
- The Believer’s Ministry in the World
This ministry given by Jesus to every believer takes place outside the church walls – in the streets, market place, home, work, school, neighborhood, etc.
- The command of Jesus is, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”
The “world”, not the church, is the primary place for the believer’s ministry. The Greek word for world is, “kosmos”, which means “the social system, or your sphere of influence”. Every person has their own sphere of influence.
It is my opinion, that every person can develop a world-wide miracle ministry, and never travel to another city or nation!
Jesus commands all of His disciples to “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel.” Matt. 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-20 Immediately when we hear those words, we think of India, Africa, China, or maybe Hawaii! Then we consider our abilities, our inabilities, our families, our job, our bank account, etc. and because of our lack of understanding of what Jesus is really saying, we disqualify ourselves from the primary focus of our ministry as a believer.
When Jesus sent forth His disciples into the world, he gave them the command, He commissioned them to a specific territory with specific instructions, He equipped them naturally and spiritually, He gave them His Word, His Name, His power, His authority. They went in faith at His command, and then obeyed. God worked with them confirming the Word they spoke with signs, wonders and miracles. The miracles follow the Word.
The word that is spoken may be a message that brings a person to repentance and faith in Jesus. Or, the word may be a revelation of the Holy Spirit that releases the power of God to work the miracle! For example, the Lord may give you a word of knowledge about someone you are working with. The Holy Spirit reveals a word about their situation. You do not need a three point message to touch the heart of that person with the love of God. You only need to hear the word of God that is revealed to you at that moment, speak it, and watch the Holy Spirit confirm the word with His miracle working power.
The kingdom of God, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not in word only, but consists of demonstrations of the power of God. We should expect miracles as we minister with God, obeying His command and doing His works.
The believer’s ministry is doing the works of Jesus. We do the same works, in the same way, by the same Holy Spirit, that Jesus did, and we can have the same results Jesus had to the glory of the Father! This is really good news.
11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of what you have seen me do.
12 “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father.
14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it! (NLT)
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. (NKJ)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations (peoples), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJ)
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 “And these signs will follow those who believe:
- In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
- “they will take up serpents;
- and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them;
- they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and (the Lord was) confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (NKJ)
In Matthew 28 and Mark 16, we see the following things:
- The command to GO is given to all disciples, all believers.Every believer has the same rights, privileges, promises, power, authority and provision for service – so all share the same responsibility in taking the gospel to their “world” (sphere of influence).
- All believers are commanded to preach (proclaim), teach (explain), and make disciples (learners or pupils – disciples are made, not born!).Once a person becomes born again, then they must be taught and trained.
- Those believers who go, who speak the word of God (the word revealed by the Holy Spirit at the moment or for the occasion) can expect that God will work with them confirming and performing His word with signs, wonders and miracles.The gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used in the world, not reserved only for church meetings. If you look in the gospels and the book of Acts, you see the gifts of the Spirit manifesting in the ministry of Jesus, and through the church as they ministered to individuals.
- The gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, are a tool in evangelism and one-on-one ministry. Remember, the gifts of the Spirit are given to every man for the profit of all. 1 Cor. 12:11 We should desire the gifts of the Spirit and release our faith for the manifestation of the promise of God. 1 Cor. 14:1 For examples see: Mark 16:20; 1Thess. 1:5; Rom. 15:18-19; 1Cor. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 4:20; Acts 6:5-8; Acts 8:5-7; Acts 8:26-40; John 4:7-30
God intends that every believer have a world wide miracle ministry! By simply understanding that every believer is a minister, a servant, who is commanded by Jesus to preach the gospel in their sphere of influence (their world) and expect the manifestations of the Holy Spirit to work through them to meet the needs of people and demonstrate the love of God. When a person has been touched by God or healed of a sickness, they are open to receive salvation. They know as a reality that God is real and He is willing to make Himself known to them in power. One never knows where that person’s sphere of influence will take them, or how many others will be touched because they have been touched by your influence.
For other studies that will reinforce the teaching on this subject, please see the notes:
Moving in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Understanding & Moving in the Prophetic
Helps Ministry in the Local Church
Ministry Gifts – The Five-fold Ministry
Ministry Training Course – Ministering Sozo (adapted from Fred Grewe Teaching Manual)