Excellence in ministry begins by serving others in the same way Christ served us.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5
Eternal Salvation is God’s Service to His children. He saved us ‘because’ of His Great Love and ‘by’ His Grace.
Unfortunately, many Christians believe that when they read the word ‘minister’ and ‘ministry’ in the New Testament it’s speaking to someone who is paid to serve God. However, Jesus made it clear that His command to minister is to all believers (e.g. Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8). Paul wrote that Jesus gave the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors and teachers ‘for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the editing of the body of Christ … but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.’ (Ephesians 4:11, 15-16).
For the purpose of this article about ‘excellence in ministry,’ we will consider that Jesus has called all Christians to be ‘ministers.’
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