The Marks of Ministry

 

 

          Text: Acts 9:32-43

 

ENGAGED

       GO TO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE AND SERVE THEM

              Peter was going throughout the region, encouraging the

              church and preaching the Word.  In his travels he came

              across a man named Aeneas who had been bedridden

              for eight years.  Peter involved himself in the troubles of

              his life and healed him.

 

EXALTING

     TAKE NOT PERSONAL CREDIT:  POINT PEOPLE TO JESUS

            Peter exalted Christ, by saying “Jesus Christ Heals you.” 
            It wasn’t the Peter show, it was pointing people to the power
            of our Lord Jesus Christ.  All genuine ministry reflects more

            on the power of God than on the performance of the minister.

 

EMPATHY

      BE RESPNSIVE TO THE HURTING SOUL

            Peter hears about a saintly woman who has died and goes to
            minister to the family.  Ministry is showing sensitivity to the

            hurting, and responding to comfort, encourage, and strengthen.
            It hurts with those who hurt and adjusts their schedule and
            plans to meet the needs of others.

 

ENTREATY

      TOTAL RELIANCEW ON THE POWER OF GOD

            Peter sent everyone out of the room, knelt down and prayed. 

            Prayer is listening to God to understand His will and then asking

            according to the will of God.  Peter had no ability on himself to

            raise the dead.  But sometime in the prayer he must have sensed

            the power and the will of God, for he turned to the body and

            said, “Tabitha arise.”  And she opened her eyes and sat up.

 

EVANGELISM

      THE FRUIT OF MINISTR IS MORE BELIEVERS

            When people saw that Aeneas had been healed, they turned

            to the Lord.  When people heard about how Tabitha had died
            and risen to life again, many believed in the Lord.  The purpose
            of ministry is to expose people to the life and work of Jesus. 

            It is not to make people feel better, be happier, or have a better     
            life.  Ministry is to expose people to Jesus, so that He can     

            transform their lives. 

 

 

EVERYONE SHOULD BE A MINISTER

      To give aid or service: to attend to anything, that may serve

      another's interests.  

         “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your

          freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve 

          one another.”   Galatians 5:13

 

           MINISTRY WITHOUT THE GOSPEL

 JUST MAKES PEOPLE MORE COMFORTABLE

                   ON THEIR WAY TO HELL

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