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The passage in Ephesians 4 says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (v. 11-13). We can be certain that, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers can all baptize the new converts.
Those that baptize people should be knowledgeable in the Scriptures and able to teach people in order to meet the requirements of Jesus’ great commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19:20).
In addition to teaching and baptizing, church leaders should look after the spiritual needs of the people and show discretion and wisdom in their work (1 Cor. 12:8). Each person holding a spiritual office is expected to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) and have a good report (1 Tim. 5:10; Acts 10:22).
The gifts (of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) that Paul spoke of in verses 11-13 are for the purpose of “mending” the saints and uniting them in an ordered church ministry and government. The church is to be built up in both character and numbers through their ministry. The ultimate goal of these gifts is that church mature to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29). All the offices of the church and the graces of the Spirit are given to achieve that end.
In His service,