Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1992

Balancing the Diet of the Church
Penny Smith

Jesus, a short time before He ascended, spoke these words to Peter,

"Feed my sheep" John 21:17c.

We are not only to grow spiritually but along with this, we are to feed others. If our spiritual diet is lacking or imbalanced, we will be greatly limited in our ability to fulfill this command of Jesus to feed His sheep.

The Lord has placed within His Body five different ministries to promote our spiritual growth and development.

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;
and some, evangelists>D>; and some, pastors and
teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of
the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity
of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fullness of Christ" Eph 4:11-13.

All five of these ministries, working together in the right balance, are needed to build the members of the Body of Christ into healthy, mature Christians. The Apostle Paul never said: "God gave us the Chairman of the Council, Committee members, The Board of Deacons, The Choir Director, and Greeters at the Door, for the perfecting of the saints. Rather, He gave to the entire Body of Christ - Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers.

God has a method which will produce spiritual growth. It is to serve a well-balanced diet to His precious Body, the Church. Our spiritual nutritionists are these five ministries that have been set within the Church and are to function until each member of the Body of Christ has been brought into full spiritual maturity.

The spiritual diet of each Local Church should include a balance of these ministries which the Lord has provided for His Body. Can you identify these five ministries in your Church, and can you honestly say that you are being fed a "balanced diet" by being exposed to these five different ministries?

1. Apostolic oversight and function that establishes the
members of the Body by "setting" individual members
in divine order within the Body. I Cor 12:18-20.

2. Prophetic impartation that brings the individual
members of the Body into the knowledge of their place
and purpose within the Body. I Tim 4:14; II Tim 1:6.

3. Evangelism that stirs the members of the Body to
action concerning their place of function and ministry
within the Body. Acts 6:8; Acts 8:26-39.

4. Pastoral oversight that provides feeding, protection,
and care, to strengthen and build up the Body.
Acts 6:4; Ezekiel 34:1-31.

5. Teaching that is anointed to establish the knowledge
of the Word and purpose within the individual member.
I Cor 2:12-13; Phil 3:10.

The local Church that provides this kind of balanced spiritual meal will produce mature Christians with healthy spiritual appetites. Such hunger for the things of God will develop, that nothing less than a vital, sustaining relationship with Christ will satisfy.

The Church as a whole recognizes Pastors and Evangelists; but these ministries within themselves do not have the diversity of ministry gifts that will fulfill all the necessary functions of building up the Body of Christ. All five are needed.

Most Churches consider The Office of Teacher as one who serves on the Christian Education staff, such as Sunday School. But the Scriptural Office of Teacher is far more than this. In the early Church, the Teacher was given a special anointing to teach prophetically by inspiration and revelation.

The offices of Apostle and Prophet have also been set in the Church. No-wherein the embodiment of Scripture is a termination of these two ministries recorded. Until these ministry offices are recognized and restored to the Body of Christ, many believers will continue to suffer from an imbalanced diet.

The present day Church is attempting to accomplish God's work by using man-made methods and programs rather than seeking a full restoration of the divine order of ministry.

What are we to do if our local Church body is not being exposed to several, or to all of these ministries? First, pray that the Lord will move sovereignly in the midst of His Body. Second, give Him permission to accomplish His will in your life. Third, seek Him with the commitment of your entire being.

As you continue to feed upon the Lord, He will lead you into green pastures where you will find a well balanced diet.