COURSE: UNDERSTANDING MINISTRY.
TEXT: ROMANS 12: 3-8; EPHESIANS 4:11-16; ISAIAH 61:1-3.
Every Christian is not called to be a pastor, but every Christian is called to the ministry. God wants to express His power and His love through us. Service in Christ is not optional for a Christian. In God’s army there are no volunteers; everyone is drafted into service (Romans 12:11).
- WHAT IS MINISTRY? –ACTS 6:2-4; MATT. 25: 31-45.
The word most frequently translated “ministry” in the New Testament is the Greek word dia-konia, which means, “To serve, attend to or wait upon”. Ministry can be directed to God and to other people.
- WHO IS A MINISTER? – I PETER 4:10
The word “Minister” (or servant) refers to all members of the Body of Christ and whoever has a part in serving. It does not just apply to a small elite group.
- UNDERSTANDING GOD’S CALL- I COR. 7:17
There is a general call into the Body of Christ (I Pet. 2:9; 2 Thess. 2:13-14).
There is a special call into an area of service. (Eph. 4:11)
- EVERY BELIEVER IS A MINISTER.
(i) Created for ministry (Eph. 2:10).
(ii) Saved for ministry (Luke 1:74).
(iii) Called into ministry (II Tim. 1:9)
(iv) Gifted for ministry (I Pet. 4:10).
(v) Authorised for ministry (Matt. 28: 18-20).
(vi) Commanded to minister (Matt. 20:26-28).
(vii) To be equipped for ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
(viii) Needed for ministry (I Cor. 12:27).
(ix) Accountable for ministry (Rom. 14:12).
(x) To be rewarded for ministry (Col. 3:23-24).
It is not enough to show up in church on Sundays. You must endeavour to be plugged into an area of service/ministry in God’s house.
Don’t be a hearer alone; take action based on what you’ve heard today. May the Lord bless His Words in our hearts.
Memory Verse: I Pet. 4:10