Origins: Week 3
Origins: Week 3
- People question how we know Christianity is true. Hasn’t it changed over time? Isn’t our current Bible just a 2,000-year-old version of the telephone game?
- How do you know who to believe when different churches believe different things?
- In this “Origins” series we are looking at the origins of our Christian faith to see what the original Christians believed God meant in his Word.
- This week we are looking at the Original Ministers
- Many people are confused as to whom qualifies as a minister
Merriam-Webster Definition: one officiating or assisting the officiant in church worship
Greek word for minister – Diakoneó: to minister, to serve – caring for the needs of others as the Lord guides in an active, practical way.
- In 1 Peter 4:10 we see that all Christians have gifts and are to use them in Christian service
- Everyone of us who is a Christian is also a minister.
- Jesus’ entire life was one of serving and he taught his followers how to serve as well (Luke 9:1-2)
1. SOME DON’T SERVE BECAUSE SERVING ACTUALLY TAKES A HEART CHANGE
- As we grow in spiritual maturity, we take on Jesus’ attitude of being others-focused. We need to have the attitude of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-3)
- There is a difference between volunteering and serving. You can volunteer without having the heart of God. Serving is all about having God’s heart in what we do.
- Part of that heart change is understanding we all need each other and are meant to care about each other in the body of Christ. (Romans 12:4-5)
- We are all the better as a part of the body. Serving isn’t an obligation, it’s for our good!
2. SOME DON’T SERVE BECAUSE THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THEY ARE VALUABLE
- Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that the job of church leaders is to equip God’s people to serve
- From 1 Corinthians 12 we get the picture of the body of Christ being like a physical body.
- There are many different parts and each one is valuable
- We all need each other because none of us is complete in our ability to minister
- Some people have gift envy. How must that feel to God that his gifts to you aren’t enough?
- God sometimes gives new gifts to people as they prove faithful with the ones He’s currently given them.
- Sometimes people resent how they got their gifts because they came from adversity.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 tells us that God uses our trials to comfort others
- That experience you hate in your life may be something God can use you to help someone going through the same thing.
- Sometimes ministry is hard! But when we use our God-given gifts, abilities and passions, directed by the Holy Spirit, it changes the world! The church is God’s plan to reach a dying world and we get the privilege of being a part of that plan.
3. SOME DON’T SERVE BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START
- We want to help you identify gifts God has given you
- Although gifting is important, the needs of the church are equally as important and sometimes we serve where there is a need, even though we don’t feel particularly equipped to fill it.
- Sometimes that’s how God grows different gifts and passions in us.
- A good place to start serving is where we see our passions, past impact and people’s affirmation intersect
- While serving is for everyone, there are seasons to take a break from serving corporately
- Corporate ministry opportunities
- Take the membership class; get the on going Ministries Needs list, start serving where there is a need.
- Individual ministry opportunities
Have a servant’s attitude when you come to church-look for people who are new in the lobby. Be friendly. Who is standing alone?
- Call someone you haven’t seen at church or small group
- Serving should be a part of every area of our life – Church, Home, Work & Play For
Small Group Discussion:
Opening Question: When was a time when someone ministered to you? Have you ever had someone not give up on you?
Main Point: Ministering to others is an important part of growing as a disciple of Jesus.
Read/Tell the Story: Mark 2:1-12 (Jesus Heals a Paralytic)
- What did the men in the story do that the paralytic couldn’t do for himself?
- What do you think motivated these men to take their friend to Jesus? Why didn’t they just give up when they couldn’t get in?
- These men put the needs of the paralytic before their own. What causes someone to put others first?
- How do you think the guy that owned the house felt about this? When has something disrupted your life that was actually for a good cause?
- Jesus forgives the paralytic before healing him. Which do you think is more important?
- Has God (or someone else) ever given you what you needed instead of what you wanted?
- Who do you know that needs help seeing Jesus? What can you do to help them?
- What need is God asking you to consider, sacrifice for or minister to, in this season?
Supporting Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Peter 4:7-11, Luke 9:1-6