Ministry 101

Posted on November 16, 2013

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Seeking Lost LambAuthor: Ken Lytle

Most people claim to be Christian.  You hear in the news, “We are a Christian nation.”  Yet we see very little Christianity being displayed in the world around.  The Bible has a lot to say about what it means to be a Christian…

“Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. – Matthew 25:34-36

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit orphans and widows in their afflictions, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. – James 1:27

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have prophecies, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to move mountains, and do not have love, I am nothing. And though I give out all my goods to feed the poor, and though I deliver my body to be burned, and have not love, I am profited nothing. Love has patience, is kind; love is not envious, is not vain, is not puffed up; does not behave indecently, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth, quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

If we truly allow Jesus into our hearts, we will experience a life transformation that would cause us to be sacrificial and bold in the mission to seek and to save the lost.  Jesus is no longer walking the earth…

“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.”–The Ministry of Healing, p. 143.

Jesus is no longer walking the earth, but we are.  We are to be the hands, feet, mouth, and heart of Jesus in a hurting and broken world. 

When it comes to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, we need to think outside the traditional box and discover new ways to connect with the lost.  Yes, we still need to conduct evangelistic (reaping) meetings, but had better make sure we follow Christ’s method alone in reaching people if we want to have true success. 

The first step in successful evangelism is to discover effective ways to mingle with people. 

  1. Open our churches for AA, NA, and other types of support meetings… making sure our church members are there to offer fellowship and support
  2. Find senior citizens, single mothers, and disabled people in the community who need a home makeover and do it on a Sunday… painting, yard work, and car tune-up (if they have one)
  3. Have church leaders attend city meetings on a regular basis in an effort to get to know city leaders and when the time is right, offer to help the community when possible
  4. Conduct health fairs in city parks and community centers
  5. Etc. etc. etc………..

Once we have successfully mingled with our communities as a church who desires their good, having shown sympathy, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence, we can then conduct evangelistic meetings to reap a harvest for the eternal kingdom.   

This is the method Christ has given us for these last days.  It worked for Him when he was here and it will work for us if we “lovingly” work the method.  There is no reason for a majority of our churches to be spiritually dead and lukewarm.  If we are studying Jesus, knowing Jesus, following Jesus, and being Jesus in the world (but not of the world), people will see the Light and will respond in such a way that our churches will grow spiritually and physically. 

Remember, we will not be able to effectively minister to those seeking Jesus if we are stuck in traditionalism or cheap grace.  We need a healthy balance of new and old.  We need to make sure our theology is rock solid, but our methodology is changing with the times. 

What will you do today?