August 22, 2016

~ The church ~ (part 4 of 4) MINISTRY

A church pursing God will be ruthless in its self-analysis it seeks to verify its obedience to scripture.  In the past few months, the articles in The Word have established that a scripture-based church will pursue authentic worship and seek out every opportunity to reveal the mysteries of the Gospel to the lost.  Moreover, it will promote and enable spiritual growth through intentionally discipleship of each Christian in its care.  The final duty in this series, that which is the final mark of a scripture-based church, is the way that the church meets the needs of others. 

The Gospel of John asserts that a follower of Christ will be known by how he or she minsters to another.  Jesus asserted “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).  A church therefore is not just a assembly of like-minded people but rather it a gathering of Christ-followers who sole desire is to follow the example of Christ in love (1 John 3:16-17).  Ministry consequently can take the form of benevolence for those in need (Matthew 25:34-40) or by allowing another’s and their needs to take president over ones needs and desire (Romans 12:10-13).  A scriptural-based church will minister inside the four walls of the church and out.  It will seek to love like Christ in all circumstance.  It will give of itself in all ways.  It will give from wealth and from its poverty.  It will give of its time, whether it has little or much.  It will ministry sacrificially… “…for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).

Church, let us scrutinize our actions and hearts.  Let us verify that we meet the biblical requirements to be called a ‘church.’  Let us individually and corporately be relentless in our devotion to Jesus so that others see Christ in us!