Service. There seems to always be a call for the church to increase commitment to serve one another and our city. Contrary to popular opinion, this plea derives not from a systemic need for more bodies in various ministries, but to encourage faithfulness in a foundational truth in Scripture: Everyone in the church is called as a minster of the gospel.
Ephesians 4: 11-13 says “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 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.”
Through His Word, the Lord tells us that offices within the church were given to equip the saints for ministry. This means ministry does not belong to the role of a pastor, but is something that everyone in the Body was purposed, called, and gifted to do. In God's infinite wisdom, He chose to equip all saints to be ministers of the gospel of grace. Providing opportunities for brothers and sisters at Grace Church to serve aims to utilize gifts for building the Kingdom, both in the ways we walk alongside one another and in how we reach the lost.
Devotion to Christ is a call to service.
Serving in ministry can look as simple as teaching in Grace Kids classes, raising up young nonbelievers in knowledge of the gospel and Jesus Christ. Maybe the Lord has gifted you in hospitality and making others feel welcome. Perhaps you love constructing relationships between different cultures within the community or you are skilled in supporting and encouraging people in their roles. Regardless of who you are, the Lord has made a place for you so that the good news of Jesus Christ might be proclaimed to all.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Everyone in the church is called as a minster of the gospel.
When the church understands service as God ordained ministry instead of filling in gaps, we grow in our ability to effectively reach the world with the greatest story ever told. Think of the church as a well-oiled machine. The entire machine only does its job effectively as each member or part functions in what it was purposed for. Exercising the ways our Creator has uniquely gifted us to bring Him glory teaches us obedience is not “going to church” but being the church. Being the church entails stepping into the areas the Lord has equipped us out of devotion to and delight in Him. Devotion to Christ is a call to service.
Ross Rohlmeier is an International Church Planting Resident at Grace, and is passionate about equipping the church to engage in domestic and foreign missions. At the end of his residency, he aspires to plant churches overseas.