Equipped to Serve
Simply put, the Church is the collection of Jesus followers. You were not called to follow Jesus by yourself. Watch the video to learn a practical and functioning definition and description of what the Church is suppose to be.
DAY 12| Equipped to Serve
Ministry is not just meant for pastors. To follow Jesus is to love like Jesus, and to love like Jesus means to serve others.
Everyone is called to serve.
Our example as Christians is always Jesus. How did Jesus view His role in the world?
45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
What is the role of ministry leaders and pastors within a local church? Our job is to equip people for the work of ministry. We are all call the body of Christ and we are all called to serve. Some roles might look different than others, but we need each other to grow in our faith.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
3 Components in Ministry
If you want to grow in your faith, find someone who is slightly ahead of where you are and closer to where you would like to be. Mentors do not have to be one-size-fits-all. You can have different mentors for different areas in your life. However, the best way to grow is to find someone who can serve as a coach to help you take your next step of faith.
God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. This means that you do not have to reach a certain level of maturity before you can begin serving. In fact, serving often is the next step needed to mature and grow in your faith. God doesn’t need you to be perfect, He needs you to be available and willing to serve.
Notice that when you follow a mentor and minister to others, the outcome described in Ephesians 4:13 is one of maturity. The more you serve and minister to others, the more you will mature in your faith.
As you reflect on today’s lesson, examine these three components (mentors, ministry, and maturity) and figure out a next step to take today.