About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Ministry Of The
expression of church consists of individual believers, who by the Holy
Spirit, have been placed alongside other believers in supportive
relationships through which they can accomplish God's will as one unified
body. Each community of
believers in any given locality is mandated to fulfill the Great Commission
by making disciples of Jesus. In
order to facilitate this mandate, each local church has a God-ordained
ministry in conjunction with the cultural environment in which it exists and
the individual talents and ministries of its members.
first generation church would have understood that each localized community
of believers would have its specific God-appointed ministry.
The church at Rome
and the church at
church is in error when it copies the mission of another church.
That seldom works and it ignores the Lord's personalized calling for
that church. Each local church,
existing in its unique cultural setting, is comprised of those with varying talents and ministries. It
only makes sense that the cultural setting in which it exists, and the
makeup of its members, helps determine its ministry path.
example, if there are a several gifted people in the arts in a local church,
art, in all of its forms, might be an evangelistic tool of ministry to the
local civic community. If the
cultural setting of a local church is in a university town, some kind of
relevant ministry to students might well be one of the church's missions.
apostle Paul mentioned something about his ministry that I think is
applicable to the local church. 1
Corinthians 9:22 reads:
the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I
have become all things
to all people
so that by all possible means I might save
process of fulfilling his ministry as seen in the above verse, Paul took
into consideration to whom he was ministering and their cultural setting.
We see this in Acts 17:16 and following where Paul was visiting
think of ministry in terms of an individual's ministry.
That is certainly important, but we must also recognize that the
local church has its specialized God-given ministry. The
two go hand in hand. Neglecting
one defeats the mission of the church.
more to church than ministering to itself.
Fulfilling our mission means spreading our evangelical wings and
flying out of our localized nests. As
a unified community of believers, the local church has been commissioned to
fulfill its specialized ministry calling.
For this to effectively work, the local church must know its
God-appointed mission in light of the talents and ministries of its members
and the cultural surrounding in which it exists.