About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Relationships And Ministries
It appears that
traveling ministries in the first-generation church would often carry
letters of recommendation with them to validate the legitimacy of their
ministries, as seems to be implied in 2 Corinthians 3:1.
"Are we beginning
to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation
to you or from you?"
Paul already had an
established personal and organizational (apostolic) relationship with the
Networking is important
because, as 1 Corinthians 12 states, church consists of individual
believers whose lives are knitted together through Holy Spirit initiated
personal relationships. This
knitting of lives, the networking of believers, form the foundation of
church where both the believer and his or her ministry is validated
through mutual endorsement.
Church, whether local or
global, being a network of believers and ministries united through
endorsing relationships is necessary in today's social media church where
many promote themselves as apostles, prophets and teachers of the Word.
As with the first-generation church, not all who claim to be
apostles, prophets or teachers are apostles, prophets and teachers.
This is why the apostle James wrote the following in James 3:1.
"Not many of you
should become teachers, my fellow believers;
because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly."
When church is a community consisting of individual believers and their ministries who are networked together through personal and supportive relationships, both the believer and his or her ministry is validated through their endorsing relationships, which in turn, facilitates the will of God in the Community of Christ.