Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What is Ministry?

Ministry is from the Greek language diakoneo, meaning "to serve" or "to obey like a servant." In the New Testament, a ministry is versed as service to God, and other led in His name. Jesus on condition that the instance for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it.
The Christian should minister by meeting communities necessarily with like and meekness on Christ's behalf.  "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Alternatively, am I attempting to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10). Christians are to minister to others out of their devotion to Christ and their affection for others, whether the other folks is believers or unbelievers. Ministry to others should be even and unconditional, always look for to sustain others as Jesus would.
The ministries of our time have tackled even more a professional significance as we call ministers "pastors" to full-time administration. Ministers do spend their lives in the service, they do pastor to others, and they can rightly be assigned as pastors. However, ministers are by all account not the only ones who are to be included in service. From the ancient New Testament chapels to the houses of worship of our day, every Christian ought to be in the avail of helping other people.
In Romans 12:3-8 it says "For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, following the faith God has distributed to each of you.  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
The content of ministry seems to prioritization the ministering in spiritual things, not honest, practical things. Ministry should be strong thing spot emphasis on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they can appear to know Him and receive Him as perfect Savior, go on to experience Him as Lord of their spirit and go even further to cognize Christ as a part of their Life. Like it says in Colossians 2:6-7 "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" we must stand firm in our faith and live our lives with Jesus put first. Ministry should include subordinate to the curative, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial necessarily of others. Jesus did, and so should we!
Christian service is something we are all told to do. At the point when Jesus said we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, He directed us toward service. He neglected to qualify that announcement by including, "on Sundays" or "as staff individuals from the congregation." Instead, He implied everybody, ordinary.
As People, we are to be in full-time Christian service. It is not something saved for chapel staff individuals. It is not something you are just to do when at a chapel on Sundays or Wednesdays. Christian service is a mentality and activity of serving others continuously.
I understand that this is not a common philosophy, and I know that our pastors, along with many of our Christian friends, may have different beliefs. They will not fundamentally dissent, yet will expect a division between Christian service and the business world. We see that we cannot change everybody's viewpoint at the same time. We cannot hope to disclose this thought to a couple of key individuals and out of the blue, everybody acknowledges he or she are to be in Christian service.
We just need to change our outlook to grasp full-time Christian service right where we are in our current employments. We have to wipe out the division in our psyches between otherworldly action and public professions. We have to start doing service and let others get on as they will. Clearly, captivating in Christian service can tackle numerous structures. On the off chance that studied individuals at a chapel, work, or school, we will probably get multiple answers too. With the end goal of the talk now and in future posts, we need to know what to accept is the base of Christian service.
I believe that it comes down to two entries of Scripture. Jesus was sought by a prompt in the law which was the greatest commandment.
"Jesus replied: "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. Moreover, the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:37-40
Some of the last words Jesus used to prepare his Followers are these…
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Moreover, surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
When we attempt to live out these two passages, whether in business or anywhere else we may find ourselves, I believe we are doing Christian ministry.
"Why do the greatest miracle stories seem to come from mission fields, either overseas or among the destitute here at home (the Teen Challenge outreach to drug addicts, for example)? Because the need is there. Christians are taking their sound doctrine and extending it to lives in chaos, which is what God has called us all to do. Without this extension of compassion, it is all too easy for Bible teachers and authors to grow haughty. We become proud of what we know. We are so impressed with our doctrinal orderliness that we become intellectually arrogant. We have the rules and theories all figured out while the rest of the world is befuddled and confused about God's truth … poor souls." (Cymbala).
I believe that the motivation behind ministry is to bring individuals to saving faith in Christ and after that help them to develop in Christ-resemblance; and to bring each adherent into a fundamental, real association with God through the finesse of Christ and the force of the Holy Spirit, such that each professor lauds God in thought, word, and deed both in the congregation and on the planet with a definitive objective of introducing each one complete in Christ.
Ministry is not about custom or routine religion but rather a living association with God. It is not about scientific development but rather extensive development. It is not about projects but rather about individuals - individuals who are entirely centered around God, forcefully loaded with the Spirit, and joyfully united in a group of elegance; individuals who energetically magnify Christ, straightforwardly perform works of confidence, precisely instruct reality, strikingly broadcast the gospel in word and deed, and actually rely on request to God.



Work Cited
Bible Gateway passage: Galatians 1:10- New International Version (Bible Gateway) Web.,
April 2015
Bible Gateway passage: Romans 12:3-8 - New International Version (Bible Gateway) Web.,
April 2015
Bible Gateway passage: Colossians 2:6-7 - New International Version (Bible Gateway) Web.,
April 2015
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 22:37-40- New International Version (Bible Gateway) Web.,
April 2015
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 28:19-20- New International Version (Bible Gateway) Web.,
April 2015
Cymbala, Jim, and Dean Merrill. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit
Invades the Heart of His People. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1997. Print. April

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