A Helper is a person who assists another person or group with a job they are doing (coworker, workmate, teammate, associate, ally, counterpart, etc). There are two parts in the office of Help. There is someone who is the manager or CEO who coordinates and secondly there are the workers. Both are essential to the execution of the “help” office.
There seems to be a misunderstanding that the helper, or worker, as mentioned in 1Cor.12:28 is in some way subservient and less important than others. However, the office of help is equally important as it is by the same Spirit that “is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills” (1 Cor 12:11). Help and Helper are already first mentioned in Gen.2:18. “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper, suitable for him”. Exodus 18:4, “the God of my father was my HELP”. Ps 33:20, “our soul waits for the Lord; He is our HELP and shield”. Hebrews 13:6, “so that we confidently say “The LORD is my HELPER””. When we understand the implication of God described as the HELPER and our oneness in God, then the concept of “the office of help” should change our perspective of the office and ministry of helps.
The ‘office of help’ is to be understood and accepted as equal to the others and therefore to be seen in combination and in connection with the other offices and giftings. Also this ‘office of help’ is to build up and encourage others equally within the church, to supervise the care and maintenance of properties, and the physical needs of the people, and outside the congregation by being active within the community such as by being active in food distributions, financial advice/relief, visitations.
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