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Christ Gives Five Kinds of Workers to His People

ZwPI8cfkChrist Gives Five Kinds of Workers to His People
About 5 minutes, applies Eph. 4: 11-16

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events,
not to perform
)
   Discipler         Where it says Mr. Discipler, change to Mrs. if a woman does the part.
   Learner           Where it says Mr. Learner, change to Mrs. if a woman does the part.
   Lucifer            When you talk, approach Learner from behind on tiptoe;
                           stay behind him,    pointing index fingers up like horns
                           above your forehead. Then back away.
   Prompter         Shout a brief line and Echoes repeat it.
   Echoes            Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Discipler

Mr. Learner, God gives five kinds of gifted people
to His churches to equip believers to work together
as a loving body. Ephesians 4 lists all five.
First are apostles. The word apostle means “sent one.”

Prompter & Echoes

They have itchy feet!

Learner

What do apostles do?

Lucifer

  (Hiss) Apostles travel afar, have lots of money,
and hire locals to do all the work.
Be an apostle and get rich, Mr. Learner!

Prompter & Echoes

Wealth!

Learner

Aha! I’ll be an apostle, Mr. Discipler.
They fly first class to tourist spots.

Discipler

Where did you get that egoistic idea?
God gives many ordinary believers to be apostles,
who go and start congregations nearby and afar.
Often no one recognizes them to be apostles.

Learner

Oh! I see! Help me do true apostolic work, Mr. Discipler.

Discipler

Next are prophets. Do you recall what they do?

Lucifer

Prophets go into trances, get visions,
scold in a shaky voice, and predict doom.
Everyone will fear your great power, Mr. Learner!

Prompter & Echoes

Power!

Learner

I will love being a prophet! Everyone will jump when I say to!

Discipler

Wait! 1 Corinthians 14 tells all believers to prophesy, but in the
New Testament way: edify, strengthen, and encourage each other.

Learner

All are to prophesy? Oh! I have much to learn.

Discipler

Next are evangelists.

Lucifer

Evangelists expound eloquently before huge, admiring crowds,
you will love being a popular evangelist. You will be famous!

Prompter & Echoes

Fame!

Learner

I will be a world-renowned evangelist
and hold massive crowds spellbound!

Discipler

Listen, Mr. Learner. For every professional evangelist,
God gives hundreds of ordinary evangelists,
people like you and me, who simply tell others
the Good News about Jesus.

Learner

Oh! Help me do that.

Discipler

You need my help, and I need yours.
Next are pastors; they shepherd others.

Lucifer

Pastors are clergy elite; they do the important work
and get great salaries. People will leave their churches
and flock to hear your superb sermons!

Prompter & Echoes

Prestige!

Learner

Thousands will come to hear me preach!
I will be rich and famous!

Discipler

Stop dreaming, Mr. Learner. For every professional pastor,
God gives hundreds of volunteer shepherds;
they lovingly care for the newborn lambs,
starting with their own families.

Learner

Oh! I will do that if you help me.

Wise

Next are teachers.

Lucifer

Teachers tell students what they may need to know years later.
They display their compelling sagacity in huge classrooms.
Scholars will come from all over the world
to hear your grand wisdom.

Prompter & Echoes

Wisdom!

Learner

Aha! I will be incredibly wise and wealthy!

Discipler

Where do you get all these ideas?
For every professional teacher,
God gives hundreds of normal teachers
 that equip friends to obey Jesus,
especially while they’re out working
with people, and not just voicing abstract truths.

Learner

Oh! Please help me teach that way!
I will not listen to that voice again.
Now I know where it’s coming from.
I simply want to serve others.

Prompter & Echoes

Let us love and serve others!