Gifts from Jesus to the Church Today

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Romans 11:29 (KJV) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

  1. Apostles: The term "apostle" or "apostleship" does not exist as such in the Old Testament. However, the root meaning of this term can refer to a person or persons "being sent away," "commissioned," or "appointed" to a specific task. Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts. (Ephesians 4:11)

  2. Prophets (Seer): The ordinary Hebrew word for prophet is Nabi, derived from a verb signifying "to bubble forth" like a fountain; hence the word means one who announces or pours forth the declarations of God. Smith's Bible Dictionary: Comprising Antiquities, Biography, Geography, Natural History, Archaeology and Literature. (Ephesians 4:11)

  3. Evangelists: A "publisher of glad tidings"; a missionary preacher of the gospel (Ephesians 4:11). This title is applied to Philip (Acts 21:8), who appears to have gone from city to city preaching the word (8:4, 40). Judging from the case of Philip, evangelists had neither the authority of an apostle, nor the gift of prophecy, nor the responsibility of pastoral supervision over a portion of the flock. They were itinerant preachers, having it as their special function to carry the gospel to places where it was previously unknown. The writers of the four Gospels are known as the Evangelists. Encyclopedia of Bible Facts. (Ephesians 4:11)

  4. Pastors (Shepherd): 1. To administer the ordinances Matt. 28:19-20 2. To be a man of prayer 1 Tim. 2:1 3. To warn his flock 1 Tim. 4:1, 6 4. To study the Word 2 Tim. 2:15 5. To preach the Word 2 Tim. 4:2; Acts 6:2-4 6. To exhort and rebuke 1 Thess. 5:12; Titus 2:15 7. To watch over souls, his own and those of others Acts 20:28-31; Col. 4:17; 1 Tim. 4:6; 6:11; Heb. 13:17 8. To feed and lead his flock Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2 9. To be an example to all 1 Cor. 11:1; 4:16; Phil. 3:17; 2 Thess. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12; Heb. 13:7; 1 Pet. 5:3The Complete Book of Bible Lists. A helper, or feeder of the sheep (the King James Version Jeremiah 2:8; Jeremiah 3:15; Jeremiah 10:21; Jeremiah 12:10; Jeremiah 17:16; Jeremiah 22:22; Jeremiah 23:1-2, and in Ephes. 4:11,The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. (Ephesians 4:11)

  5. Teachers: yārāh is a verb occurring in around eighty contexts with the two predominant meanings "to teach" or "instruct," and "to shoot," both with related nuances. ( ⇒ SHOOT) In several contexts, Yahweh is described as the one who teaches, in the sense of "inform" or "instruct." Moses is depicted as being taught by him (Exod. 4:12, 15). The people are identified as the target of divine instruction (1 Kgs. 8:36; 2 Chr. 6:27; Job 36:22; Isa. 2:3; Mic. 4:2); as are sinners (Ps. 25:8); and godly people (Ps. 25:12; 32:8). (Ephesians 4:11)


Supplemental Gifts from Jesus!


Usher: In many denominations of the Christian Church, a Church usher is the first official representative seen when entering the church. The role of the usher in church is a volunteer position, and is often considered one of honor, particularly if the church or a church committee member selects an usher by nomination


Elders: The title conferred upon older men with deep religious insight and dedication. Later an elder was an ordained officer in the Christian church (Ac. 14:23; 20:17; 1Ti. 5:17; Tit. 1:5). The Thompson Chain Reference Bible Companion. The "elders" of the New Testament church were the "pastors" (Eph 4:11), "bishops or overseers" (Acts 20:28), "leaders" and "rulers" (Heb 13:7;