Open Door Ministries Objective – Ministry Support

Sweet Beulah Land – Squire Parsons

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Consider the timeline.

A.D. 33. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus, commissioned His disciples, soon to be apostles, to be witnesses of Him to the whole world:

Matthew 28:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

A.D. 44. The Holy Spirit commissioned the Apostle Paul, and Barnabas, to preach the gospel to lands far away from Jerusalem. A companion, John (John Mark, the gospel writer), went with along on the missionary trip.

The Apostle Paul and Barnabas traveled on a mission of church planting. They also placed leaders in each of the congregations:

Acts 13:2-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.

A.D. 46. Paul and Barnabas chose leaders for congregations that were being planted, and those that had previously been planted. The establishment of brick and mortar churches provided a place for believers in Christ to meet as congregations.

Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
The Message translation offers the following words that show a definite intention on the part of Paul and Barnabas to choose leaders of the congregations that they had planted…Paul and Barnabas “handpicked” leaders (Message, Acts 14:23).

A.D. 64. The building of brick and mortar churches provided a place for believers in Christ to meet as congregations. Paul and Barnabas chose leaders of those fellowships. There is also a group of leaders that was not necessarily chosen by mortals for that purpose. A structure of four walls and a roof is not necessarily the place where these leaders “lead.” They may, or may not, have been seminary educated. They may, or may not, have been voted by a congregation to take on a leadership role. They may be men or women. They may be young or old. The qualifying factor is that they were chosen by God for the roles of spiritual leadership.

Ephesians 4:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
“He gave some.” Spiritual gifts. “Some” is non-gender specific. The Christian church was new. There was no New Testament.

Apostles were missionaries who had special gifting (such as the Apostle Paul, when he was bitten by a viper, and did not die). Prophets were given Words from God to be given to the church. Evangelists did the work of the church, outside of the church. (Philip is a good example, Acts 8). Pastors were leaders. Teachers were those who had special gifting in teaching. The only offices that were found relative to those five positions of spiritual leadership were apostle and pastor. It is important to remember that an Old Testament Prophet prophesied to Israel, largely relative to the end times. The New Testament Prophet spoke God’s Word to the New Testament Church, due to the fact that there was no New Testament written at that time. There was no expiration date given for any of those spiritual gifts of leadership.

John 4:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“God is spirit.”

John 14:10-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
Father and Son indwell each other’s spirit.

John 14:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, can not be received by the world because the world is the body of unbelievers of the world. The Holy Spirit will also be “in you” if you are a born again believer in Christ.

John 14:26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
The Holy Spirit is the spiritual teacher of all of those whom He indwells.

John 15:26-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
The Holy Spirit is “from the Father,” and is the “Spirit of truth.” He gives testimony of Jesus.

Galatians 3:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
“In Christ.” This is a literal place of residence for the spirit of anyone who has been “born again.”

Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
“Christ in you.” This is the literal place of residence of the Spirit of Christ when a person has been born again.

Ephesians 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (KJV says “perfecting the saints.” The NASB is correct in “equipping.”)
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
The purpose for the “equipping of the saints” is for those who are doing the equipping to be agents of the Holy Spirit, with the end result being the “building up” of the “body of Christ.”

Colossians 1:17-18, 24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

1 Corinthians 1:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
Jesus is the head of the church, which is the “born again” body of believers, those who “are called,” as opposed to those who may just “place their membership” in a local church.

Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Getting back to the appointing (hand picking, “Message” translation) of leaders, those leaders were “commended to the Lord.” Those words show that there was no such “religious super structure.” Each congregation, each fellowship, each assembly of believers was lead by leaders who had “no boss but Jesus.”

Matthew 16:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
The above words of Jesus were spoken when there was no “church.” The would become the born again body of believers in Christ, ” whose spirits indwell the Spirit of Christ.
1577 ekklēsía(from 1537 /ek, “out from and to” and 2564 /kaléō, “to call”) – properly, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.

The born again body of believers, the true church,” can be found in many places. They may be found within the confines of traditional brick and mortar structures. They may also be found in small groups of believers who meet in homes, Christian associations, and para church ministries. Believers may also may be found in home and family settings. Regardless of their places of meeting, groups needs leaders.

Open Door Ministries has as one of its objectives the equipping and supporting leaders of small groups. Those may be cell groups, home fellowships, business and civic ministries, and wherever groups of believers may find places to meet. Open Door Ministries ordains, appoints and certifies believers as leaders of such groups. The focus of our ordinations is small groups. However, people whom we ordain as pastors are also qualified to be pastors of brick and mortar churches.

So that those who are equipped and ordained by Open Door Ministries are recognized as being credible within their communities, we also provide such leaders with a position of organizational membership with Open Door Ministries. Such pastors, leaders, etc, may also be appointed as Executive Directors, and have a direct line of communication and leadership with Open Door Ministries. However, nobody is anybody’s boss. The responsibility of Open Door Ministries is to support and help develop Pastors, other spiritual leaders, and Executive Directors, with the scriptural example of Acts 14:23.

An Executive Director may be appointed to lead and serve any ministry, regardless of the size or scope of the ministry. The purpose of such an appointment is to provide international ministry support and credibility for the ministry and for the leader of that ministry. An Executive Director coordinates directly with Open Door Ministries for issues of ministry support and success.

An Executive Director may also be ordained to serve as a minister or chaplain, and may be licensed to preach.

A believer in Christ may also be identified as being a member, with no particular office or ministry ordination, appointment, or licensing. Any believer in Christ, who is ordained, appointed, or licensed by Open Door Ministries, may choose to use any of the names of ministry that are authorized by Open Door Ministries, or they may choose to not use any of the names that are authorized by Open Door Ministries. By special request, any ministry name may be initiated, authorized, and sanctioned by Open Door Ministries.

The qualifications that are necessary for the ordination, licensing, or appointment of anyone by Open Door Ministries, are those that are found in Paul’s letters to Timothy Chapter 3, and Titus Chapter 1. There must also be an affirmation of all of the points of agreement as they relate to the following six keys of belief. The purpose of Open Door Ministries is to “equip the saints,” whether those saints are members of Open Door Ministries, or not.

1. Inerrancy of scripture.
2. The virgin birth of Jesus.
3. The deity of Christ.
4. The triune God (the trinity – three-in-one): God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
5. Sanctity of life/protection of life for unborn babies.
6. Marriage only between one man and one woman.

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