NEW TESTAMENT KINGDOM EXPANSION
Ministry of Evangelism
In the Gospel Accounts and in Acts chapters 1-12, we see examples of sharing the good news of the gospel, healing the sick and casting out demons.
Ministry of Prophecy
In Acts 2:17-21; 21:8-13; I Corinthians 12:10; I Corinthians 14:1, 24, 31, 39; I Timothy 4:14; II Peter 1:19; II Peter 1:20-21 we see examples of the Holy Spirit gifted and empowered prophets/prophetesses praying and prophesying.
Ministry of Churches
In Acts 13 there were teachers and prophets in the church in Antioch who were “sent out” to the uttermost discipling believers and establishing churches throughout the Roman Empire.
Ministry of Training
In Acts 19 we see Paul teaching, training and equipping servant leaders in the School of Tyranus and who in turn scattered throughout Asia Minor spreading the message of the kingdom of God.
Ministry of a Plurality of Servants
In Acts 13 and following, there developed a plurality of “sent forth” ones who teamed up together to establish, equip and disciple churches in villages, cities and provinces throughout the known world.
Ministry of Equipping Ephesians 4 Servants
In Ephesians 4:11 is the account of gifted servants ministering in plurality and through various gifts of the Spirit including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor-teachers ministering together to disciple, establish churches, and to equip servant leadership.
Ministry of Shared Leadership
In Acts 15 we see examples of servant leaders working together dealing with critical issues in the early development of the churches in settling disputes and clarifying the teachings of Jesus and the apostles.
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