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Developing a Passion for Meeting the Needs of the Family of God

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Sermon shared by Brian La Croix

February 2005
Summary: Sorry for the long title! Message about the family of God coming alongside other members, meeting their needs. Warning! Not for those who believe in the traditional roles of pastors!
Denomination: *Other
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Developing a Passion for Meeting the Needs of the Family of God
Ephesians 4:11-16, Acts 6:1-7
February 13, 2005

Introduction

Today we pick up our series of re-iterating the purposes of the church. Weíve talked about worship, fellowship, and discipleship, and today we pick it up looking at the issue of ministry, or meeting the needs of the family of God.

God is passionate about his family, and heís passionate about not only meeting the needs of his family, but in empowering his children to be used by him to do that.

Iím going to warn you ahead of time that some of what Iím going to say will challenge you, and may not sit comfortably with you right away.

But Iím going to ask that you hang on through the whole message, okay?

Sometimes we think of ministry as the "job" of the church, and in many ways that is correct, though not to the degree itís thought of nowadays.

When discussing ministry, I think itís important to think not in terms of a "job" that belongs to the institution of the church, but rather in terms of a family coming together to support its members.

When members of the family of God come along to meet the needs of other family members, ministry happens, helping the Body of Christ and honoring the Father.

Iíve said before that just like an earthly father, the Father in heaven likes to see his children getting along. And I also believe he is pleased when he sees them coming to each otherís aid.

God loves his family, and he loves seeing it function as he designed it. And one of those functions is to meet the needs of the family.

Today I want to give you three facts about developing a passion for meeting the needs of the family of God.

Fact #1: - God expects everyone to be involved in ministry.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare Godís people for works of service,...

Ephesians 2:10 -

For we are Godís workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Misconception: the pastor is supposed to do it all.

Truth: the pastorís job is to train others to do the work.

Is this news to you? Itís not news to me, but one of the things thatís been on my heart for the last couple of years is how to develop our church into a body that really ministers.

Weíve made some good strides, thanks in no small part to Cindy Sippel, our director of ministry.

One of my goals for the church this year is to bring in tools to help all of us become involved in the ministries of the church, especially ministry that takes place outside of this building.

Let me show you an exciting example of what can happen when the people get involved in meeting the needs of the family of God

Turn with me to Acts chapter 6. If youíre using one of the Bibles in the seats, this is on page 774.

AC 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will
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