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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Spiritual Giftedness Development
How Christ Builds Unity in the church
part three
When I use the term "spiritual giftedness" in ministry. What do I mean? You might be surprised!

When we speak of ministry, what are we addressing? When we conceptualize (think) of the ministry of the local church, how do you suppose God expects His church to navigate in fulfilling His purposes for the church?

From the Tabernacle to the Temple, and the Synagogue and now the local church.

From the beginning God has set up a place of worship for those whom He has called unto Himself.

The Tabernacle
The Temple
The Synagogue
The local church

Each of these places of worship had exact specifications. There were specific instructions given to the people who were in the priest’s office (Exodus 29:9)

When Solomon was preparing to build the Temple (I Kings 5 ), he had the wisdom to hire builders to prepare timber and stones to build the house. Solomon used skilled workers. I Kings 7:14 says

"Hiram out of Tyre, a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, a worker in brass; and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass."

Solomon gathered the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers to
bring the Holy Chest into the Temple.

In the building of the Tabernacle or the Temple there were workers who had the skill, the wisdom and understanding of their work. Solomon went to great length to secure the best workers to accomplish the task of building the Temple.

Workers had a skill, they had understanding and wisdom about what they were asked to do.

The Priest, the Elders, the officers, the chiefs were men who were trained and had wisdom in their office.

We will continue this paper next time.

Charles E. Whisnant