A new day has dawned for the Church Jesus is building!
The Biblical significance of the number five is GRACE and GIFTS (both five-letter words). We believe the year 2005 was a significant year in the Kingdom of God, in which God released mega-grace and mega-gifts upon the Church that Jesus is building! Mega-grace and mega-gifts were the Divine Emphasis of the year 2005!
Our belief is that God commenced doing a New Thing — a new paradigm — in the Spirit Realm in 2005, specifically on 5/5/5!
We believe that in 2005 the Head of the Church began calling the Church into a new dimension of the Spirit, and that the gateway into that new dimension of the Spirit is a “new” ministry model. It is “new” in the natural realm, in that it is a new paradigm to many existing churches. Though, it certainly is not new in the Spirit Realm, or the Kingdom of God, since it is the ministry model that has always been delineated and prescribed in God’s Word.
A major part of the purposes and plans of God now revealed to the Church is a mandate that the Church begin to embrace and pursue the Ephesians Four Ministry Model delineated in the Fourth Chapter of the Ephesians Epistle. It is a ministry model in which all the Fivefold Ministry Offices are functioning, and flowing together in concerted effort to accomplish the purposes and plans of God—that is, the ongoing ministry of Jesus.
Indeed, The Ephesians Four Ministry Model is the only model that will produce the results of the building up (edifying) and building (development) of the local church, both individually and corporately, that are delineated in the Ephesians Four text. How do we know that? Because it’s the only model that God says in His Word will generate those results.
The foundational tenet of The Ephesians Four Network is The Ephesians Four Ministry Model. The establishment of that Model in the Church Jesus is building—not merely in theory, but in practice—is our overarching purpose and goal to which we are committed.
The foundational premise of The Ephesians Four Ministry Model is the colaboring together of the Fivefold Ministry Offices (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) in harmonious concerted effort to equip, edify, educate, train, and mentor, the saints (believers) for the work of ministry, which will result in the building up and building out of the Church Jesus is building, until it comes unto the status of “a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13); that is, ultimate spiritual maturity.
The primary objective of this Model is to establish the Kingdom of Christ in individual believers, resulting in the collective Church being established in the Kingdom of Christ, which will bring about the return of Christ to claim the Glorified Church as His Eternal Bride. To achieve that objective, Fivefold Ministers must educate and immerse the Church in the Gospel of the Kingdom, contrasted to the gospel of churchianity that is concerned with filling church buildings with people rather than filling people with the Kingdom of God.
The Church that Jesus is building is not merely the private family business or cash-cow of some individual or group or family. The true Church Jesus is building is a Remnant Church that is a spiritual entitity comprised of true believers whose collective purpose is to enter into and operate according to the principles of the Kingdom of God in order to fulfill the purposes and plans of God on earth!
The Gospel of the Kingdom equips believers to replicate and surpass the supernatural works Jesus performed during His fleshly ministry, just as He prophesied would happen through genuine Born Again, Spirit-Baptized believers. In deed, our belief is that The Gospel of the Kingdom will propel the Church into the double-portion Elisha Anointing in a similar way that Elisha received the mantle of Elijah as He was ascending into Heaven. The typology of this Old Testament event foreshadows and corresponds to what occurred on the Day of Ascension on the Mount of Ascension when Jesus, as He was ascending into Heaven, passed on His anointing and mantle, so to speak, to Fivefold Ministers who He would choose, anoint, and appoint throughout the duration of the Church Age as His surrogates charged and empowered with special abilities to equip the saints for the work of service/ministry (Eph. 4:7-12).
Ephesians Four Ministry Model churches are characterized by the following traits, which are delineated in our foundational passage of Ephesians 4:11-16.
- Recognize all five ministry giftings (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher) as being operable today within the local church and vital to the individual and corporate “building up” of the church, spiritually and numerically;
- Recognize these ministry giftings are the chief offices through which the Head of the Church imparts spiritual impartation and leadership to the church;
- Regularly receive impartation from each of those giftings;
- Espouse and employ the concept that these ministry giftings are given to the church for “the equipping of the saints for the work of service (ministry),” which metaphorically means that the saints are the players (ministers) and the Fivefold Ministers are the coaches who train, guide, instruct, and mentor the players;
- Make an ongoing concerted effort to develop and activate the resident element of believers whose motivation and giftings coincide with those ministry giftings;
- Recognize that it is the efforts and endeavors, or functioning, of the properly equipped and released saints that results in “the building up of the body of Christ” and “the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
If you can identify with the Ephesians Four Network purposes and vision and would like to relate with us, please go to the Registration Page to register, either yourself as an individual or your ministry. Registration is free. It is our desire to relate and fellowship with genuine believers and legitmate Christ-centered ministries around the world, and that our relationship and fellowship be based solely on the Agape Love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts through Christ, rather than on whether or not we believe precisely alike on all points of our doctrine. That, we believe, should be the primary premise of all relationships in the Body of Christ!
Dr. Steven Lambert is an ordained minister with nearly four decades of ministry experience involving the apostolic, prophetic, teaching, writing, counseling, deliverance, church planting, evangelism, and revival. He is the author of an ever-increasing number of books and published articles that have been read by thousands around the world. [Catalog, writing/editing info]
His prophetic ministry is attested to by the literally thousands of acutely accurate prophetic words of counsel and wisdom that have brought edification, exhortation, and comfort to the recipients over the course of his nearly forty years of prophetic ministry. The Lord also operates an unusually strong anointing for prophetic deliverance and healing through him wherever he ministers along with other signs and wonders.
Brother Lambert is a certified Doctoral Diplomate Christian Counselor and Deliverance Counselor, and counsels and ministers deliverance through his counseling practice and website: DeliveranceNow.com.
Brother Lambert is headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, and travels where the Lord leads with a prophetic message to churches, church leaders, and leaders of nations. If you are interested in having him minister in your church or group, visit the Booking Page on his ministry website, where there is a form you can use to submit your request.
Read more about Dr. Lambert on the “About” Page on his ministry website.