The term “Christian ministry” often recalls an image of the television Evangelist, the exalted pulpiteer, or the thought of a “Billy Graham” style crusade. Simply put, Christian ministry can be described as the general service of a servant of the Lord. The Greek term “diakonia” or minister is used three to one in this sense in the New Testament.
Christian ministry is “the practical outpouring of our faith in Christ.” Ministry is not our being exalted because of gifts or position in our local assembly, nor does it promote separation, but it builds unity.
The Great Commission Guides Ministry
Every Christian has been commanded and empowered to fulfill the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ as found in Matthew 28:16 and Mark 16:15. We are to make disciples – as we go, as we preach, and as we teach. As we share our faith in Christ, there should be a life-changing influence on those we minister to. This ministry experience is essential to our maturity as believers. Through ministry, we become intimate with Christ. This personal relationship is realized as we begin to imitate the Master. We also gain perspective regarding our own walk.
Ministry increases the opportunity for Christian fellowship and produces in us a servant’s heart. Often through our involvement with other people, our own hearts are broken; much like the heart of Christ as he wept over Jerusalem. It is through this experience of ministering to others that our ministry potential is unleashed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is God Who Motivates Ministry
It is important to recognize that our motivation for ministry comes from God (Phil. 2:13). He provides not only the opportunity but also gives us the faith to trust Him for results. The Apostle Paul noted, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth” (1 Cor. 3:6). We have been saved to save others. God has allotted each of us time and authority as stewards over ministry. We draw upon our talents and resources – God given material, training and most importantly, the Holy Spirit. The doorway through which we access God’s power is that of prayer. Prayer is personal communication between God and us.
Many in the body of Christ have strayed from the biblical model of ministry. Christian ministry should be the natural extension of our love for Christ. Our dependence on the professional clergy person, our feelings of inadequacy and our personal insecurities are all indicative of the growing dependence on self and the lack of reliance on the Holy Spirit and God’s word, the Holy Bible.
As a believer, I encourage you to contemplate your own commitment to ministry. Are you involved in a ministry? If not, now is an excellent time to recommit your talent, your time and your finances to this ministry, New Beginnings Worship Center.
We are looking for committed people. What do I mean? Commit three hours each week to this ministry. One hour to instruction in Sunday school, one hour to the Sunday Worship experience, and one hour to Prayer & Bible Study on Wednesday night.
I guarantee it will change your life and the lives of the people you associate with.