The dictionary lists MINISTER first as a noun and defines it as a member of the clergy, especially in Protestant churches
Next, it lists MINISTER as a verb and says this:
1. attend to the needs of (someone).
2. provide (something necessary or helpful).
Few are called be ministers, but all believers are called to minister.
Paul says that he was called to be “a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles” in Romans 15:16.
Is that a role reserved for just Paul? NO! Is it just for preachers or someone holding an official office with authority? NO!
Peter told us we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)
Old Testament priests were chosen by God to serve Him with their lives by offering up sacrifices. Is that role no longer necessary? NO! The priesthood served as a picture of the coming ministry of Jesus Christ for which we are to carry on. We have the priestly duty just at Paul, just as Peter, to proclaim the gospel of Christ.
“Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name.
As servant of Christ is a Christian minister.
Ministry should certainly place emphasis on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they can come to know Him and receive Him as personal Savior and go on to experience Him as Lord of their life. But, just as Jesus modeled, we also need to minister to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others.
Are you ministering well? Do you share the gospel without helping others with their other needs? YES or NO? Are you assisting others well with their other needs without sharing the gospel? YES or NO?
We are called to do both and do them well. Colossians 3:23 (NIV) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Do you want to learn to minister well? YES or NO?
If the answer is YES, you can start training NOW. For the next three Tuesdays, Deanna will be teaching how to be culturally relevant yet remain biblically sound in ministering to other women.
Feb 13,20,and 27 at 7 pm.
Join us at the Chiquola Bldg at the corner of Whitner and Main St. (Enter on the Whitner St entrance.)
A minister! Me! YES!