December 12, 2018
Scripture Passage: Romans 15-16
We are saved to serve the Body of Christ; each of us is called to be ministers and servants of the Lord Jesus. Romans 15-16 reveals six ministries each believer is called to undertake.
The first ministry is encouragement. “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).
We are instructed to encourage one another, to patiently lift each other up. We must fix our eyes on God and begin to love and serve one another.
We’ve also been called to evangelism. Jesus came to seek and save what was lost. Romans 15:16, reiterates, “that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God...”
We’re called to the ministry of giving. We’re called to invest in things that count, which are the souls of men. We are debtors to the Apostles, to the martyrs of the faith, to the blood of Jesus Christ. It should bring us joy to give back to the Church that has lavished spiritual blessings upon us.
We’re called to the ministry of prayer. In Romans 15:30, Paul asked the believers to pray for his protection, because he knew how crucial prayer is to anything we do.
Adrian Rogers says, “You can do more than pray after you’ve prayed, but you can’t do much more than pray until you’ve prayed.”
We’re called to the ministry of fellowship. Romans 16 shows how Believers minister by receiving and greeting people. We minister by loving, helping, and honoring people.
We guard the fellowship against false doctrine to keep it pure. How sweet it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in fellowship.
Finally, we are each called to the ministry of worship. “...to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” (Romans 16:27).
We rejoice knowing there’s never been a better day to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Think of what could happen if we began to minister to each other in this way.
You have been saved to serve and called to a ministry of encouragement, evangelism, giving, prayer, fellowship, and worship. Are you actively building up your church community with your service?