Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (Acts 13:1)
Acts 13:1 takes place in Antioch of Syria. It was the world's third-biggest city, following Rome and Alexandria. It was known for its immorality and worship of a goddess whose priestesses were prostitutes. Amid such depravity, a strong Christian community thrived. It was here that the disciples were first called Christians. It's interesting to note that Antioch in Syria sent forth missionaries who would preach the Gospel in another city with the same name – Antioch of Pisidia.
When you see the word certain used to describe a situation in the Bible, it indicates a real, not fictitious person. Jesus used the word certain to suggest that He was recounting something that actually happened, not a parable. Luke used the word certain to describe ministry gifts in the church at Antioch; they either stood in the office of prophet or teacher, or they could have stood in both offices.
Most Christians still acknowledge the office of teacher, but many think that the office of prophet passed away with the apostles; however, that is not the case. My spiritual father, Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr. was a prophet and a teacher. The ministers in Acts 13:1 could have been pastors and teachers or prophets and teachers. Many ministers function in more than one ministry gift; Paul did, my spiritual father did, and so do I. Paul was an apostle, teacher, and prophet.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ was founded upon apostles and prophets' ministry. The evangelists, pastors, and teachers backed them up and helped stabilize and develop believers in local churches.
Practical Application – Every ministry gift is vital to building up the body of Christ. Receive from them all.
Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:5