Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ministry

This post is edited from my notes as Pastor Allan presented his message Sunday Morning.
 

There is  Place for You to Minister
 

Yes, you can minister.  First of importance is to develop a relationship with the Father, as we fellowship with one another.  Fellowship cultivates relationship and discipleship. 

We must continue to study and learn.  When we stop learning we stop growing.  I want to grow in my relationship with God.

1 Peter 4:10-11 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

It is not just Pastor’s responsibility, as each of us are to participate in associating with one another. 
 
The moment we invite Jesus into our groups, he separates darkness from the light.  Our desire is to be like Jesus and to be more like Him. 
 
What was Jesus like?  He ate with sinners, he taught in the synagogue, He told stories and shared truths too deep to be understood.  Jesus is available to open our understanding as we ask for wisdom.  Jesus spent hours in prayer, and He healed the sick and blessed the children.

The disciples continued in the temple, worshiping and declaring praises to God.

Worship is more than singing at church.  It is also walking the line of truth.  We are not serving an idol, or an image, but a living breathing God.

All other religions have no power in them.  Jesus promised to endue us with power as we receive the Holy Spirit.

Some people think ministry is a job or a career, and they need a college degree.  All it takes is a willing heart and a love for Jesus and His will in your life.  A title does not matter and it is best not to give yourself a title. 
 
Salvation and Holiness cannot be forced or imparted on anyone.  There must first be a willing mind to receive all that God has for you.  Allow God to show up and direct you, and to change you into the person He desires you to be. 
 
God requires obedience to His Word and to his will.  Living free is my responsibility.  Free from stress, worry, anxiety, and free from those things that harm the body and displease God. 
 
It is important that we prepare ourselves to serve.  Take one hour each day to prepare yourself to worship, pray and study God’s Word. 

What does ministry require?  We must have the Heart of a servant, willing to serve with kindness, mercy and love.  No degrees required to minister words of blessing to others.

There is a place for everyone to fill.  We all can be a minister in our own home.

Don’t be afraid to minister to people.  Be bold and be faithful.  Ministry is a lifestyle,

Realize who you are IN Christ and ask God for wisdom.  All Ministry must be done in the power of the Holy Spirit otherwise you will get tired and become discouraged.

Go forth in His name, and leave the results to God, knowing you have been obedient.

Be willing to allow God to make radical changes in your life.

Be observant and watch for opportunity.  Be aware of what is happening around you, and don’t miss your opening to minister.
 

 

2 comments:

  1. A good word for us: Don't miss an opportunity to minister. One missionary says, "Stop for the one." Another friend of mind says, "Even your cheery 'HELLO' can bless someone's day."

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  2. Amen. Peter and John weren't educated in the ways of that society, but they had the guiding of the Holy Spirit and turned the wise men of that day into fools.

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