Definition of Ministry - Taught from Warren Wiersbe- On Being A Servant of God; by Pastor John Koonce

OBAS – pg 3

 

Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.

 

OBAS – pg 2

 

Methods are many, principles are few; methods always change, principles never do.

 

Before we start, we must get an idea of the principle of ministry; hence the definition supplied.

 

In your ministry God doesn't want you to have 'ministry by imitation,' he wants 'ministry by incarnation,' what Paul wrote about in Phil 2:13 'For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

 

Pg 4

 

4 Basic Elements in Ministry

 

1.                  Know the divine resource personally

 

2.                  See the human needs compassionately

 

3.                  Become channels of Gods mighty resources so that …

 

4.                  God alone is glorified.

 

To minister is to serve.

 

To be a minister, is to be a servant.

 

We are servants of the most high God, and that puts us in an incredible position.

 

How?

            Ps 2:11  "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling"

 

            Ps 100:2  "Serve the Lord with gladness"

 

            1 Sam 12:24 "Fear the Lord, and serve him in truth"

 

 

 

OBAS – pg 124

 

            Joy – shallow

            Fear – no relationship

 

The joy of the Lord grows primarily out of our relationship with him.

 

While fear grows out of our responsibility to him.

 

Joy and fear are neither enemies nor competitors, they're friends, they work together.

 

[We must never take our calling to the ministry lightly]

 

OBAS – pg 5

 

"The trouble with too many of us is that we think God called us to be manufactures when he really called us to be distributors."

 

He alone has all the resources to meet human needs; all we can do is receive his riches and share them with others.

 

Acts 3:6 - Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

 

2 Cor 6:10 - As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

 

OBAS – pg 40

 

A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.

 

Yes God wants to use our talents.  After all he gave them to us.  But along with developing of our talents and spiritual gifts is the perfecting of our character.  We are God's weapons, and if the weapon is to be effective, it must be polished and sharp.

 

OBAS – pg 41 

 

Your sermons lasts but an hour or two, your life preaches all weak.

 

There is a Grand Canyon worth of difference between reputation and character, and popularity is no guarantee of spirituality.

 

OBAS – pg 41

 

Life is built on character, and character is built on decisions.  You are shaping your life by your thoughts, attitudes, and actions and becoming either more or less like Jesus.

 

OBAS – pg 42

 

It's been said that people are like trees:  the shadow of the tree is reputation, the fruit of the tree is personality, but the roots of the tree are the most important part – character.

 

OBAS – pg 45

 

Your purpose in serving isn't to build the biggest church or Sunday School class, the greatest choir, or the most efficient band of ushers.  Your purpose is to build people of Christian Character whom God can bless and use to build others.

 

OBAS – pg 52

 

And keep in mind that while you're serving others, the Lord is serving you.  He's working with you on earth (Mk 16:20) and equipping you from heaven (Heb 13:20-21)

 

Mk 16:20 - And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

Heb 13:20-21 - Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever.

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