Summary: This sermon talks about participation in the local church.
A Church Participating in Ministry!
OT to NT to today
OT priests- Ex. 28:2
Gap between priests and the people
That “gap” exists in the church today
The preacher is the trained one of God
We’ll wait to be ministered to by him
A gap between clergy and laity
2 points about Participation
1. Every member should be, and is, a minister!
You have a responsibility to minister to those around you
The gap isn’t biblical
1 Pet. 2:5, 9; Rev. 1:5, 6
God ultimately isn’t interested in the gap
By the very definition of biblical leadership
Eph. 4:11, 12
Members should be, and biblically are, expected to participate
2. Involvement maximizes our potential!
Why do some churches grow huge and others don’t?
Mostly it’s a structure problem
One guy at top ministering to everyone
Expect him to minister to more as the pyramid grows
Churches this way grow no larger than 150-200
This church is not a biblical structure
A circle of ministry
As you grow, more circles are added
Everyone ministers to everyone
Thom Rainer- High Expectations quotes
Guy at Cingular
People not thinking of me as a pastor
I like that
Start participating in ministry
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