GROWING A HEALTHY CHURCH Pt 7
God's Church Is Filled With Ministers
Jesus’ ministry was so different than the Jewish religious ministry of the time. His followers were a ragtag band of men that the religious order had overlooked. He did not just teach them the Bible, but he provided on-the-job training. This is how the church founders were trained, and it’s how the church was meant to function. A church wasn’t meant to be a lone pastor who ministers to a group of people. It was meant to be a group of people ministering to the world. Every member of your church is a minister, and every minister plays a critical part in the mission.
Healthy churches are full of ministers who understand they are called to be the Church. They are active and learning on the job. They are using their gifts to fulfill the mission of the church—inside and outside the walls of the church. They are often the only reflection of Jesus that a dark world will ever see. They are each ministers in their own missions fields.
Luke 9:1-6 KJV
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
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