The Four-Fold Ministry
God says we are a ''chosen generation, a royal priesthood and a highly valued people." (1 Peter 2:9)
1. MINISTRY TO THE LORD - 9.27.2020
Our first and most important ministry is to minister to God Himself. He desires our fellowship and our worship.
(1 Corinthians 1:9; John 4:23)
This is our top priority throughout all eternity. We are to:
1. Express our love to our heavenly Father (Matthew 22:37)
2. Bring pleasure to Him (Psalm 149; Revelation 4:11)
3. Offer up spiritual sacrifices of praise to Him (1 Peter 2:9; Hebrews 13:15)
4. Present our lives to Him (Romans 6:13; 12:1)
2. MINISTRY TO OURSELVES - 10.4.2020
(1 Peter 2:2; Ephesians 4:13-15)
We can only truly love our neighbor, whether in the Church or in the world, as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39)
We need to:
1. Accept ourselves as we are, not looking at the past but at what God has made us in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)
2. Encourage ourselves in the Lord (Psalm 42:11)
3. Let the peace of God rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15)
4. Let the word of God take root in our lives (Colossians 3:16; James 1:21)
5. Allow the Spirit full expression (Romans 8:5-9,14; 2 Corinthians 2:12)
6. Confess daily the victory we have in Christ (1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31,37)
7. Be always positive in attitude, knowing our position in the Lord (Romans 8:31; Ephesians 2:6)
8. Build ourselves up (Jude 20)
Look at this familiar Psalm: Psalm 42:1-2; 11
3. MINISTRY TO THE BODY - 10.11.2020
''From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work''
Ephesians 4:16; 2:21
We are not self-contained units but are directly related to one another in the Body of Christ.
We need one another's love, and have a direct responsibility to each other
Romans 14:19; 15:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:26
We can minister to each other by:
1. Encouraging one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
2. Fellowshipping together regularly (Hebrews 10:25)
3. Bearing each other's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
4. Being an example to the believers (1 Timothy 4:12)
5. Allowing the Holy Spirit to use us (1 Peter 4:8-11)
6. Submitting to one another and living in unity together (Romans 12:10-18)
7. Practicing hospitality and ministering to physical needs (Romans 12:13)
8. Praying for one another (Ephesians 6:18-19)
" . . as members of one body . . . let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God''
Colossians 3: 15-16; Ephesians 5:18-19
The phrase "one another" is derived from the Greek word “allelon” which means "one another, each other; mutually, reciprocally." It occurs 100 times in the New Testament. Approximately 59 of those occurrences are specific commands teaching us how (and how not) to relate to one another.
Obedience to those commands is imperative. It forms the basis for all true Christian community, and has a direct impact on our witness to the world (John 13:35).
In addition to “allelon,” the Bible uses other words and phrases to instruct us how to relate to others. With that in mind, the following list is not exhaustive, and primarily focuses on the use of “allelon.”
Love one another (John 13:34 - This command occurs at least 16 times)
Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Build up one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Be likeminded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
Admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16)
Greet one another (Romans 16:16)
Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
Bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13)
Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15, 25)
Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:5)
Consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
Look to the interests of one another (Philippians 2:4)
Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)
Stir up [provoke, stimulate] one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
Employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10)
Clothe yourselves with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Confess your faults to one another (James 5:16)
NEGATIVE COMMANDS: how *not* to treat one another)
Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
Stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13)
If you keep on biting and devouring each other...you'll be destroyed by each other (Galatians 5:15)
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other (Galatians 5:26)
Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
Don't grumble against each other (James 5:9)
We do all this because we are in a real sense “members of one another” (Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:25)
4. MINISTRY TO THE WORLD (PART 1) - 10.18.2020
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses...to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8)
The original Greek word for "witness" is "martus," which means "a witness, a record."
"Martus" is where we get the word "martyr" from, which means being a witness to the point of laying down your life.
It is a noun, not a verb - in other words, you are not called to witness;
you are a witness.
Being a witness involves three things:
1. Our words (Matthew 10:18-20)
2. Our actions (1 Peter 2:12)
3. Our life (Philippians 2:14-16)
In Numbers, Chapters 13 and 14, we read the account of Moses sending 12 spies into the promised land to bring back a report on the general situation - a report intended to help develop a strategy so that they might go in and possess their inheritance which had been promised by the Lord.
When the twelve came back to give their report, they were divided in what they expressed. Ten expressed unbelief, and two - Joshua and Caleb - expressed faith.
The whole attitude of a nation, a city, a family, or an individual depends on how we "see" circumstances and events of life.
The roots of our action are based on whether we look at a situation through eyes of faith, knowing God's provision, or through eyes of unbelief, tinted by human limitation.
Let's examine the two companies of spies.
All the spies had heard God's promise that he would subdue the nations before them and give them the land , but two would react differently...
The ten spies:
A. In captivity to their five senses - they believed what they saw and heard more than word of God.
B. Believed how they felt in the situation - fear.
C. Past experience had not included fighting giants like this, so they were not prepared to step out into a new experience where the power of God would confirm His
promise to them.
D. Were not prepared to move beyond their previous capacity in warfare.
E. There was no total commitment to the cause of God. They were not prepared to give their lives for the purposes of God.
F. Placed their dependence on their own ability, and thus saw their lack.
The two spies:
A. Moved beyond the realm of their five senses, and put their total trust in the word of God, despite what they saw and heard.
B. Ignored conflicting emotions and believed God's power to be adequate for the situation - faith.
C. Stepped out of their past experience and put their confidence in the Lord.
D. Extended their past capacity by believing that God was with them.
E. Totally committed to the call and cause of God, and were willing to give their lives, if need be, for it.
F. Knew their own lack, but did not put their trust in themselves, but in the Lord.