Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Jesus said He would build His Church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18). The word “Church” literally means “the called out ones,” so when we are saved we are a member of Christ’s Body called the Church and we become a “called out one.” Romans 1:6 adds that as saved people we are, “the called of Jesus Christ.” In most of Christianity today and the Body of Christ we associate the word “called” to the Five-fold Ministry of Ephesians 4:11 (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers). We also associate the word “ministry” to the officially ordained. Both calling and ministry are not reserved to a select few but in the New Testament but to ALL Believers. First Peter 4:10 says, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Every Believer is called and has a calling.
Every Believer is a minister and has a ministry.

The truth of the matter is that the number one calling and ministry of the Five-fold Ministry is to see to it, help, and equip each Believer for their calling and ministry. Believers need to develop a mentality that says:
I’m called of God
I’m a minister of God
I have a calling and a ministry.

The magnitude of the work of God demands it.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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