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Ephesians 4:11-12  King James Version (KJV)
 
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; 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:
 
Remember: the fivefold ministry gifts
are ultimately not titles but activities.
Matthew D. Green
 
A presentation by Rev Dr David P Griffiths who thanks God for the excellent material of Rev Dr David M Owen and Kevin J Conner on this subject used in this presentation
 
Background in Scotland
 
We are aware that Government has to be right in Scotland, a nation with a history of well documented Church splits and divisions.
 
We are aware of the Presbyterian form of Government with its emphasis on "The Minister", the reality commonly relating to a controlled Minister under a Session Clerk that not only controls the Session, but the Minister too, sessions commonly having links to outside bodies.
 
We believe God is bringing to Scotland Early Church Government based on the FIVE FOLD MINISTRY as OVERSEERS - Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers who will all have a travelling ministry; Bishops (the Biblical - nor Episcopal type of Reformation History) who oversee Church areas, Elders and Deacons.
 
We reject the present form of Presbyterian Government in Scotland entirely and look to bring the Pentecostal Church of Scotland in line with the King James Version of the Bible rather than Scottish tradition that has brought great strife and heartache to many, including Ministers who have often broken down with stress not designed for one man alone!
 
Rikki Fulton brilliantly portrayed a Church of Scotland Minister, exagerated you may say but the founders of this ministry have both been members of the Church of Scotland and witnessed this for real!

In coming to the Scripture we find the five fold ministry that oversees all ministry, we find Bishops operating as overseers of local Churches (in the case of Media Church - of areas of Scotland) and elders being local Church leaders (in the case of Media Church - individual whom God has spoken to in relation to specific areas).
 
We are aware of course of the emotive history in Scotland over use of the term "Bishop" but we will relate this to Scripture rather than to the Presbyterian-Episcopal battles of the past!
 
Part 1: GOVERNMENT is God-Ordained
 
Romans 13:1-8
 
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 
 
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 
 
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 
 
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 
 
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 
 
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 
 
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
 
Within this context the Pentecostal Church of Scotland recognises that God had ordained governments rather than government, governments operating in a theocracy rather than a democracy.
 
I Corinthians 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
 
Heb. 13: 7 
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
 
Heb. 13:17
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  
Heb. 13:24
Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italysalute you.
 
The Pentecostal Church of Scotland therefore ........
 
1)  Operates with a Church Government based on the Inspired Word of God.
 
2)  Rather than "just one minister" we operate with the ministries of the five fold ministry to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry.
 
3)  We look to publicly recognise and ordain those operating in the five fold ministry gifts whether from ministries linked to the Pentecostal Church of Scotland or from within the Media Church itself.
 
Within the context of a Spirit/Word -Led Church we are well aware that God is calling both men and women into ministry and so the Pentecostal Church of Scotland will publicly recognise this with public commissions and ordinations.
 
 The conditions for this include being entirely in agreement with the Restoring the Heritage statements on this website; show forth the Biblical standards of II Timothy 2 and Titus 2; must be manifesting the fruit of ministry at this point in the Pentecostal Church of Scotland over the media but in future through any local fellowships set up within local areas, the local areas having parishes
 
 
The Pentecostal Church of Scotland will not ordain people living in immorality, those in secret societies or in religious institutions, those involved with ecumenicalism, Alpha, the Seeker Sensitive Purpose Driven movements, ICA-Toronto-Lakeland movements or the Metaphysical cults etc.
 
Ministers who are ordained or commissioned will receive a Pentecostal Church of Scotland Certificate & a Certificate of Membership
 
Part 2: Apostles
 
Longs to take the Gospel out and establish Church in unreached areas
 
Possesses a gift for recruiting, networking and mobilizing leaders for evangelism, discipleship, and community transformation
 
Seeks to be innovative and creative in approach bringing the Gospel to unreached people
 
Possesses humility and balance in leadership that causes others to look for apostolic guidance and spiritual mentoring
 
Sometimes feels dissatisfied with what is perceived as institutionalism and rigidness in Church organizational structures (Matthew D. Green)
 
Biblical Examples
 
·       Matthias                                 Acts 1:26
 
·       James, the Lord’s brother     Acts 1:14, 1 Corinthians 15:7
 
·       Paul                                        Acts 14:14, 22:21
 
·       Barnabas    Acts 4:36, 11:22-30 1 Corinthians 9:6
 
·       Apollos                                  1 Corinthians 4:6-9
 
·       Andronicus                                      Romans 16:7
 
·       Junia                                                 Romans 16:7
 
·       Epahproditus      Philippians 2:25 (messenger = Apostle)
 
·       Titus          2 Corinthians 8:23 (messenger = apostle)
 
·       Two unnamed    2 Corinthians 8:23
 
·       Judas          Acts 15:23, 1 Thessalonians 2:6 
 
·       Silvanus    Acts 15:23, 1 Thessalonians 2:6
 
·       Erastus       Acts 19:22
 
.       Tychicus    2 Timothy 4:12
 
Part 3: Prophets
 
Possesses a concern for justice and righteousness, which brings a prompting to speak on behalf of God and the expectations of His Word
 
Engages in intercessory prayer sensing strategy for spiritual warfare that could not have come through human rationality
 
Possesses an uncanny boldness and sensitivity for communicating corrective messages to God’s people, both corporately and personally
 
Is zealous when God’s name is misrepresented by the Church or other Christians
 
Often experiences spiritual direction and promptings with information not humanly gained
 
1.    The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets Ephesians 1:19-22
 
2.    He gave some apostles and prophets until the church is matured and perfected Ephesians 4:9-12
 
3.    All are not apostles and prophets 1 Corinthians 12:28-29
 
4.    It is firstly apostles, secondly prophets, in Divine order though all are co-equal as persons 1 Corinthians 12:28-29
 
5.    Babylonian systems hate the apostles and prophets who are against them Revelation 18:20
 
6.    The revelation of the church is given to the apostles and prophets Ephesians 3:5
 
7.    In the wisdom of God, He will send apostles and prophets and teachers and some of them will be rejected and crucified Luke 11:49
 
8.    Christ spoke of apostles, prophets and scribes Matthew 23:24
 
9.    Paul and Silas, as apostle and prophet, worked together Acts 15:22-40, 16:6-7
 
10.                       In Revelation 13 we see a false apostle (antichrist) and a false prophet working together in deception of the whole world in worship.
 
11.                       The Old Testament prophets and New Testament Apostles work together in the sense that the Old Testament prophets prophesied while the New Testament apostles saw New Testament fulfilments 2 Peter 3:1-2.
 
Part 4: Evangelists
 
Explores unique strategies for sharing the Gospel with unbelievers
 
Possesses a burning passion to see souls brought into the Kingdom
 
Experiences ongoing grief and sadness when considering the plight of the lost
 
Is known by other Christians for boldness in communicating the Gospel
 
Is dissatisfied and irritated when in a Church setting where sinners are known to be present and the Gospel is ineffectively or inadequately presented
 
Evangelists are able to express the love and compassion of Christ Jesus for the lost
 
Part 5: Pastors
 
Is often sought out by those seeking advice, prayer and spiritual direction
 
Feels concern for the nurture and shepherding of fellow believers
 
Works to protect fellow believers from false teaching and destructive leadership patterns
 
Is considered patient and longsuffering with the faults and inadequacies of others
 
Takes responsibility for the spiritual maturity and growth of fellow believers
 
Part 6: Teachers
 
Is systematic in an approach to studying and communicating concepts seeking to discover truths of application in biblical principles
 
Is passionate in studying scripture, enjoying research and communicating discovered information and principles
 
Is able to distil complex concepts into easily understood ideas that resonate with hearers
 
Becomes dissatisfied and irritated when shallow or heretical preaching or teaching is heard
 
Longs study to have a result to enable the teaching to be authentic in word and deed.
 
Part 7: Ministerial Dress Code
 
We are part of the Reformation Church and as such wear clothing that distinguishes the Ministers from others, so we therefore agree with wearing of clerical collars and robes.
 
We declare that use of clerical wear is Biblical rejecting the notion that this is of Romanist origin. Instead we declare that clerical wear has alway been the dress code for Protestant preachers and lawyers. This came well known in U.K. during the journies of John Wesley.

Exodus 39 shows us that God instructed Moses to make garments of ministry and again in Leviticus 8:13 there is a further reference.
 
In Jesus day it is known historically that to be able to preach and minister in the way Jesus did he would have had to kept to Rabbinic readition, at the time of the Crucifixion Roman soldiers taking his robe off.
 
It is therefore the position of the Perntecostal Church of Scotland that we continue the Mosaic and New Testament tradition of clerical ware a belief embraced in the Protestant Reformation and amongst Early Pentecostals.

D P Williams, Apostolic Church

Stephen Jeffreys, AOG Evangelist

 
Part 8: Ministers and Bible Translations
 
Ministers of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland are expected to be King James Bible preachers, the ministry not accepting the Alexandrian versions.
 
Ministers found using translations of the Alexandrian line will be dismissed from ministry unless it can be shown the text was being used to show its error.
 
Part 9: Ministerial Duties
 
Ten Attributes of a Minister
 
*  Faithful to trust                   Genesis 24:2
 
*  Intelligent and obedient    Genesis 24:2-11
 
*  Acquainted with God          Genesis 24:12-14
 
*   Know how to pray                Genesis 24:15-10
 
*   Wise and courteous              Genesis 24:22-25
 
*    Worshiper of God                 Genesis 24:26-27
 
*    Patient and believing            Genesis 24:28-30
 
*    Unselfish and diligent          Genesis 24:31-49
 
*   Impressive and witnessing   Genesis 24:50-58
 
*    Successful and true               Genesis 24:57-59
 
Activities of a Minister
 
Ministers are to give themselves to the study of the word. Acts 6
 
 
Ministers are to give themselves to prayer Acts 6
 
 
Ministers are to give themselves to the preaching of the Word of God
 
 
Ministers are to give themselves to the perfecting of the saints Ephesians 4:12
 
 
Ministers are to encourage the church to be involved in missions work, both within the sphere of the media church and ministries oversees, through personal mission, financing mission, this can be done through Pentecostal Church of Scotland.
 
 
Ministers of Pentecostal Church of Scotland are not to be legalistically minded, but by the power of the Holy Ghost are to bring the children of God into the place of liberty and freedom in Christ, without sin.
 
Ministers are to preach the whole council of the written word of God, without going to extra biblical materials to make their points valid.
 
 
Ministers within Pentecostal Church of Scotland are expected to keep in touch with other Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing Ministers, in order to maintain fellowship, friendship, and offer spiritual advice etc, as is needed.
 
Ministers within the Pentecostal Church of Scotland are encouraged to share fellowship (as far as Holy Ghost allows) with other ministers through ministers fraternal etc,
 
Ministry within Pentecostal Church of Scotland is not based on one man or woman, but rather based on team ministry as in the New Testament Church.
 
We believe in Pentecostal Church of Scotland that leadership is to be Theocratic and not Democratic, and a team ministry is to be applied and practiced amongst the local church leadership teams, and also amongst the Five Fold Ministry.
 
 
Biblical Examples of Team Ministries
·       Jesus and His Disciples (The Gospels)
·       Peter and John (Acts)
·       Phillip and then Peter and John Acts 8
·       Peter and certain brethren Acts 10
·       Paul and Barnabus Acts 13,14
·       Judas and Silus join Paul and Barnabus Acts 15
·       Barnabus and John Mark travel together and Silus goes with Paul Acts 15
·       Timothy joins Paul and Silus Acts 16
·       Paul takes Pricilla and Aquilla with him Acts 18
·       Timothy and Erastus are sent to Macedonia Acts 1
 
 
Part 10: Removal of Ministers from
Pentecostal Church of Scotland
 
We deal with divorce first.This is an issue within the church today.  Pentecostal Church of Scotland has a certain standard concerning divorce within the Church.  We follow the following principles:
 
*  If a minister is divorced, then providing the divorce was pre-salvation, or if the divorce was post-salvation according to the word of God, based on adultery as taught in God’s word, then the Minister shall not be removed.
 
 
*  Ministers who divorce on the basis of ‘being fed up with their partners’ then this is not acceptable to us at Pentecostal Church of Scotland, and they would be asked to leave the public ministry.
 
 
*  A minister who is going though divorce based on biblical grounds would be advised to take a sabbatical while the divorce bill goes through, and then would be allowed to return to ministry, when they feel that they are emotionally able to do so.
 
 
*  All the way through the divorce procedure of a biblical or non-biblical divorce, we believe as Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing, that we work with the couple with the primary aim, of seeing the marriage restored, an attitude of love should be shown all the way through.
 
*  There are a list of biblical reasons why we would feel that a minister needs to be removed from position.  This would only be done as a last resort after trying to restore them Galatians 6:1.
 
*  The biblical reasons for removal of a ministry would be:
 
 
Refusing to make peace                  Matthew 18:15-18
 
Causing divisions                               Romans 16:17
 
Fornication                                           1 Corinthians 5:11-13
 
 Covetousness                                     1 Corinthians 5:11-13
 
Idolatry                                                 1 Corinthians 5:11-13
 
Trouble making                                 1 Corinthians 5:11-13
 
Drunkenness                                    1 Corinthians 5:11-13
 
Extortion                                              1 Corinthians 5:11-13
 
Refusal to love God                          1 Corinthians 16:22
 
Unbelief, and infidelity                   2 Corinthians 6:14
              
Backsliding                                        2 Corinthians 13:1-2, 10
                 
Disorderly conduct                          2 Thessalonians 3:6
         
Denying the truth                            2 Thessalonians 3:14
             
Denying the faith                            1 Timothy 1:19-20
  
False teaching                                   1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 John 10
            
Being a Heretic                                 Titus 3:10-11
 
 
*  These are the only Biblical grounds that are Biblical for the removal of ministries who remain unrepentant within the organisation. The first principle every time is to work with the individual to bring them to the place of restoration, if there is no restoration it is only then, that removal is considered as a last resort.