The Ever-Widening Scope of Church Ministry
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ. –Ephesians 4:11, 12 (NASB)
If you are a Christian, you should be going to your local church to be equipped for service, to work, and as a missionary to the world. Church is for believers, not unbelievers. We come to church to learn, be trained, and go out to the world to proclaim the good news of God, the Gospel. It’s that simple.
Read the above passage again, then look at this:
See it? There is an ever widening scope of service and ministry in Christianity. It began with the apostles, and it ends with you.
If you are truly in Christ, you have a ministry. Ministry is not relegated to the elite celebrity leaders or the pastor-teacher or just the leaders of the local church. You’re ministry is to proclaim the Gospel. That’s what the verse above is talking about. You go to Church to be equipped – to work – to witness – to minister- to the glory of God!
Being a Christian is not accepting certain facts then sitting on your duff doing nothing but contemplating grace. Living the Christian life is hard. Salvation is all of grace, yes, but God predestinated those who are saved, and those predestinated, in time, were regenerated, and those regenerated were born again as infants and they will, by the grace of God alone, grow into maturity, by sweat, blood and tears, not of their own power alone, but by God working in them and will grow in maturity in Christ, exercising the gift, whatever it is, in ministry.
Justification is by faith alone. Sanctification is not.
Sanctification is God working in you, and proof that He is, is you working and living as if your eternal well being depended on your good works, works pleasing to Him. True, works alone won’t save you, but you won’t be saved without them.
Spread the word brethren!
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