Sunday, November 23, 2008

The foundation of ministry


I attended a conference this weekend called 'Go For Souls' and was a time set aside to be trained and equipped for the work of evangelism. Check out www.whollyholy.blogspot.com for more on that.

Ephesians 4:11 says that some are called to be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors/Teachers. I believe that. Some are gifted at being evangelists (Someone that shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with others), but all are called to evangelise. Lets be challenged to share the message of Jesus with others.

I led an elective about reaching our families with the gospel. Here's some of it: Paul and Silas, in Acts 16:16-34, after being thrown in jail began praying and singing hymns to God in their prison cell. Then the prison gates flew open and the chains fell off all the prisoners. Then the jail worker was about to kill himself (because he was in strife since Paul and Silas were going to escape), and then Paul and Silas said to him, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved - you and your household.' The rest is history.

Some thoughts here:
* The foundation for any sort of ministry or evangelism, is prayer and worship. This becomes the power of God behind our ministry.
* When Paul and Silas prayed and worshipped God, not only were their chains broken, but those in the prison cells surrounding them! The Spirit that surrounds our worship impacts others!
* The whole of the Jailer's family was saved. They began following Jesus. Let's believe for all our families to believe the gospel and become followers of Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. In a patriarchal society the members of the family had no choice but to follow the god(s) of the head of the family. In the West today that no longer seems to apply. Most 'patriarchs' or 'matriarchs' do not force faith upon their family. What happened in Philippi is unlikely to happen in the West today.

    What can happen is that the power of a transformed life reveals the difference that accepting Christ as Lord and Saviour makes. Example and influence can bring families to Christ. It may not be instantaneous, but it can happen. May the love, grace and power of Christ be seen more and more in those who follow Him.

    Graham R

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