From Pastor Brady
Every Member Ministry
Often when pastors talk about church life they talk about how every member of the church is a minister. Pastor Price used to always say, “When I’m asked how many ministers Grace Baptist has, I tell them we have hundreds of ministers.”
This is of course, quite correct and biblical. Each redeemed child of God is called to do ministry. We might even call it “mutual ministry.” Romans 12:5 says,
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
We are members one of another. Therefore mutual ministry should be occurring within the body.
Every Member Deed Ministry
Often when I ask people what they believe their spiritual gift is, they tell me something that does not involve talking. It is usually one of the “serving” gifts. “I’m a behind the scenes person,” most say. And most of us at Grace would agree that every member should be serving in some way. There is usually very little argument here. It is still true, however, that many still do not serve or volunteer in any way within the church context. Also, many serve in non-communicative ways: park cars, usher, helper in a children’s class, count offerings. All are crucial jobs, much needed and much appreciated.
But could it be that between those who don’t serve at all, and those who serve in Deed Ministry only, the majority of the members and attenders at Grace are not doing Word Ministry?
Every Member Word Ministry
Christ has called every Christian to both Deed Ministry and Word Ministry.
“Wait, you’re saying I’m supposed to talk or teach?” Yes, that is what I’m saying because that is what Jesus said.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom Col. 3:16.
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 1 Cor. 14:26.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Eph. 4:15-16.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Rom. 10:14.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, Hebrews 5:12.
The vast majority of the 50+ “One Another” statements in the New Testament involve Word Ministry.
The vast majority of the Spiritual Gifts involve Word Ministry.
The Gospel is Good NEWS- meant to be spoken.
The Prophecy concerning the New Covenant and the coming of the Holy Spirit tells us that those who receive the Holy Spirit will speak:
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Joel 2:28
Yes, if you are going to be considered a growing and maturing Christ follower, not just part of the Crowd- then you will need to embrace and pursue growth in Word Ministry.
And we want to help- more on that later.