EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
FRIDAY AUGUST 4, 2023
TEXT: EPHESIAN 4:11-12
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Key Verse: Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”
Christianity is a heavenly calling. Let us work together and defend this goal in unity so that Satan will not affect us negatively through some trivial matters. We need scriptural understanding in the followings areas to work in unity:
Ministerial titles: Apostle and Prophets are calling and gifts from God. We must use them according to New Testament examples. We understood that not all are called apostle or prophet and the position is not for babe in Christendom. Apostle Paul did everything to defend this title. His emergence was in a special circumstance and needed to convince others on how he got to it: In Galatians 1: 1 he said “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised me from the dead). How did you get your title? By man for your pride?
Evangelist is high position for those who are burning with passion for soul winning and not by just anyone. It was only Philip who used it. Some churches ascribed it to a lower-level minister or any minister who has not gone to theological college. This is the tradition of man, not the scripture.
Reverend according to the scripture is a sign of respect (Ephesians 5:33) and those bearing it should not be condemned neither do they see themselves more esteemed than other ministers.
Bishop is synonymous with Elder, Pastor or Teacher. Today some take this title as if it is the highest position in Christianity because of government recognition. They set rules and award themselves Bishop not according to the scripture. Paul said not by men, neither by man. Why is your own by man or by an association? Is that association of God? Avoid titles that promote pride. Pastor is a generally acceptable title referring to a shepherd and is recommended for ministers. Jeremiah 3:15.
Thought for the day: Seek holiness and not titles to avoid problems in the church.
Song for the day: I want to be like Daniel (3x), to follow Jesus Christ.
Bible Reading for the day: Psalm 73-74; Romans 5
PASTOR PAUL RIKA