In Old Testament times spiritual ministry was for the most part limited to prophets and priests, and was largely a temple ritual. Christ's ministry is a perfect example of what such work should be like, for He said, "I am among you as he that serveth" (Luke 22:27; cf. John 13:15). The ministries in the Church hinge upon a gifted leadership (Eph. 4:11) which is unto the service and edification of the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12-16). "The work of the ministry," it will thus be seen, is committed to the whole company of believers (Eph. 4:12). Those who serve with definite responsibility in the church are known as deacons and elders. The deacons are usually responsible for the temporalities while the elders are responsible for the spiritualities (see Elders or Bishops). Rewards are promised to such as minister and prove faithful in service. This does not entail the adding of merit to salvation, but simply a recognition of man's faithfulness on the part of God (see Rewards).
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