This year, at the Pentecostals of Sydney we have been taking a fresh look at what it means to live in God’s Kingdom as citizens and heirs of His promise. Including the privileges and responsibilities reserved for us. One aspect that has challenged the mindsets of many is that ministry is only for those who have a ministerial license or have been anointed as leaders.
Let me dispel this misconception once again to remind you that all of us are not only called as God’s children but also his ministers or servants. Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that; “he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” ESV
Paul clearly states that the responsibility of the leadership is to equip and empower the rest of the Church for the work of ministry and to edify the body of Christ. Thus the work of ministry is for the saints. There is a distinction in the work but everyone is expected to be involved in serving others and building up the Church.
So the question is what are you doing to build up the Church, your fellow believer, your brother and sister in Christ, as well as building up the Kingdom of God? Admittedly we are living in a consumer-driven society, where many are on a constant pursuit of personal gain and accumulation of resources. And unfortunately, we can take the same approach even in the Church; seeking only to gain some personal benefit. Maturity comes however, when we are actively involved in serving, giving and building up others.
I want to challenge you in this midpoint of the year, to look to becoming a builder of souls and the Church. We have various ministries that you can get involved in, including; teaching Bible studies, Life groups, Music team, Greeters ministry and of course to become a Disciple Maker, connecting with and teaching a young lamb in the ways of Christ. Be a Builder and not just a consumer!
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.