A Picture of Ministry
Ministry is not easy but serving the Lord will grow you and the church.
- Serving the Lord means continuing to sacrifice yourself - 1–6
- Paul continued to encourage the churches and did not give up on them (here he wrote the book of 2 Corinthians). He was just as concerned with building strong and healthy churches as he was with doing evangelism (here he wrote the book of Romans).
- Many other co-laborers sacrificed to serve with Paul - 2 Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.
- Serving the Lord means gathering with the church on the Lord’s Day - 7–12
- The Lord’s Day is the first day of the week… every week.
- The Lord’s Supper was observed.
- Meals shared by the church demonstrate communion and love.
- The preaching of the word is central to church worship.
- The raising of Eutychus served as a climax to Paul’s apostolic ministry of church planting. He is now headed for arrest in Jerusalem.
- Comfort and life are found among God’s people and no where else.
- Serving the Lord means setting ministry as a priority - 13–17
- Paul made the decision make the journey on foot.
- Paul made some difficult emotional decisions. He avoided the church at Ephesus for time sake.
- Paul made some difficult emotional decisions. He left the gospel work in Troas to meet Titus to hear word from Corinth - 2 Corinthians 2:12–13 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.
- The elders of the church at Ephesus gave up their time to meet with Paul because it was important and urgent.
We don’t always celebrate the way the Lord has set up the Church. We often attend church services with gritted teeth and little else. Church ministry is hard stuff, and it is easy to become embittered toward the people God has placed in our spiritual family. So when we become impatient and tired we must hold on even tighter to the ultimate motivation: love for Jesus, the One who is knitting us all together with His unfailing, unbreakable love. Yes, the Church is broken because she is made of broken people. But she is also beautiful because she has been healed by a beautiful Savior. Spiritual growth comes though serving alongside the members of the broken and beautiful Bride of Christ. “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27
A Picture of Ministry