Presentation on theme: "GROW IN YOUR SERVICE FOR CHRIST’S BODY Jesus’ service was for His church. He came to serve (Mark 10:45; Ephesians 5:25-27). He served. Imitate Him. Serve."— Presentation transcript:
Jesus’ service was for His church. He came to serve (Mark 10:45; Ephesians 5:25-27). He served. Imitate Him. Serve His body.
The purpose of equipping saints is for all to minister (Ephesians 4:12). Christians need equipping, perfecting. This training is in view toward the work of serving. diakonias – ministry, service All members are to be ministers. All Christians are to grow to serve. Ministry in the Lord is for the building up of Christ’s body.
Ministering that causes the right growth in love is spiritual service. The mission of the Lord’s ordained workers is spiritual in nature (Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). What are the good works we are to be walking in, ministering, so that we build up Christ’s body?
Bring in guests and welcome them. Matthew 22:9-10 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Teach the lost. Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 8:4 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Edify, admonish and exhort the saints. Hebrews 10:24-25; Colossians 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:13 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
Encourage the weak. 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Hebrews 12:12 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
Restore the wayward. Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Comfort the sick and the sorrowful. James 5:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 4:18; Romans 12:15 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Pray for the Lord’s laborers. Luke 10:2; Ephesians 6:18-19 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,