Why I am passionate about the ministry of the Gospel
THE NATURE AND PURPOSES OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
As part of my doctoral studies, I had to write out why I am passionate about the ministry of the Gospel. I spent a lot of time of this and I pray this will encourage you in your ministry at your church.
I. My definition of the minister
A. Definition is an ordained person, distinct from the laity officially called and uniquely equipped to provide spiritual counsel and perform spiritual functions in the Christian Church based on Ephesians 4:11-13.
B. All laity are ministers (1 Peter 2:9) but the ordained minister is set aside and called to go alongside the congregation in providing leadership in their walk.
II. My image of the minister
A. Shepherd—protects the church from false doctrine, provides spiritual nourishment, leads the church to righteousness, and loves the church—Psalm 23.
B. Quartermaster—providing the Body of Christ with the necessary tools for the work of service—Ephesians 4:11-13.
C. Servant/Slave—being poured out, completely surrendered to using one’s gifts for the betterment of others—Philippians 2:5-11.
D. Player/Coach—ordained ministers are to facilitate the ministry of the priesthood of the believers (1 Peter 2:9) as the minister matures in their own ministry as well.
III. My core values as a minister
A. My core values as a minister can be defined in the acronym R.E.A.C.H. and everything I do as a minister is filtered through these core values.
B. R—give people an opportunity respond to the Gospel. Opportunities include:
1. evangelistic sermons
2. Block parties
3. Visiting all new people in town and delivering gift bags.
4. Backyard Bible Clubs
5. Personal evangelism through pastoral visits at homes and at the
C. E—enjoy fellowship
1. Emphasize the great need to cultivate community.
2. Community is developed through fellowship meals, softball
teams, Sunday School functions, pastoral care from the pastor
and from laypersons.
D. A—apply the Bible to our lives
1. I faithfully teach God’s Word in all areas of ministry and make
my sermons very applicable.
2. Providing members opportunity to be obedient with their gifts
through missions, teaching opportunities, servant ministries, etc.
E. C—Caring for others through serving Him.
1. I faithfully seek to model to our congregation how to serve one
2. Training deacons, teachers, and others how to serve one
F. H—honoring God by worshipping Him.
1. Focusing the church in effective worship that is doctrinally
2. Teaching people to worship God throughout their life.
IV. My goals as a minister
A. The saints will use their spiritual equipment—after the minister has equipped them, that they will by obedient to perform the works of services they have been gifted to accomplish—Ephesians 4:11-15
B. Preaching will provoke the hearers to respond in faith—the active power of Christ in the preaching of God’s Word—2 Timothy 4:2-5
C. The minister will personally grow spiritually—personal spiritual growth for the betterment of others—“progress that is evident to all”—1 Timothy 4:15
D. Lead many to wholeness in Christ through pastoral care—James 1:27
E. Spiritual and doctrinal maturity of the saints—the saints will possess the wisdom and depth of faith to choose righteousness in their daily life—Ephesians 4:13-15.
V. My joy of ministry.
A. Being used by the Holy Spirit to transform lives.
B. Being apart of the most pivotal moments in one’s life—baptism, funerals, births, weddings, crisis situations, etc.
C. Privilege of preaching God’s Word and challenging people to apply it.
D. Leading people to use their gifts to honor God.