Apostolic Teams + A Culture of Multiplication

Weekly Reading

Monday: Genesis 37
Tuesday: Acts 25, Rev. 7
Wednesday: Genesis 38
Thursday: Rev. 8-9
Friday: Genesis 39-40
Saturday: Psalm 134-135
Sunday: 1 Timothy 4:1-5

Sermon Notes

Key Passage: 1 Timothy 3:14-16
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

ἀπόστολος -  a delegate; specially, an ambassador, messenger, he that is sent.

Establish (deep)
1 Corinthians 3:5-10

Expand (wide)
Acts 13:1-3

Shifts to make in seeing Pastoral Team:
  • From leaders working only in churches to leaders working in and among churches
  • From Pastoral Team to Equipping Team (Multi-Gifted Team)

When considering the gifted leaders discussed in Ephesians 4 (often called “5-fold”)
  1. Think relationship before authority 
1 Timothy 1:2, 1 Corinthians 4:15

  1. Think gift before role  

  1. Think team before individual  
Romans 16

Discussion Questions

  1. Look back at these stories of different people doing different work on Paul’s team:  Acts 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, Titus 1:1-5 -- How do these passages relate to our key passage in 1 Timothy 3:14-15?
  2. Read through Romans 16. What does this chapter reveal to us about Paul’s understanding of teamwork?  If you were writing your own letter about ministry in the church, whose names would be on it?  What would it say?  Mutual Submission leads to multiplication.  How have you seen that be true?
  3. Read Ephesians 3:14-21.  Is there something that you would ask for or imagine for God to do in and through your or our church?  Share that with someone.  Ask God to multiply it.

3DQ - 3 Discipleship questions to ask each other:  What is God saying to you?  What are you going to do about it?  How can I help?

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