Summary: If there is an addiction we must have let it be to the ministry of our Lord.

Addicted to the Ministry

1 Cor. 16:15

Addicted = Devoted or committed

Ministry= Service

Minister = Servant

1 Tim. 1:12 Putting me into the ministry

The Mission of the Church:

• The Great Commandment

• The Great Commission

Administration (Song leader, trustees – Cleaning) and Finances (General and Evangelism)

Several ways we Minister:

Luke 8:1-3 These that ministered unto Jesus and the disciples with their substance

Hebrews 6:10 Ye have ministered to the saints and do minister

And: Mark 10:45 Jesus entire life was giving to minister unto others

1. Ministry is facilitated by God

Jesus said: I came to do the will of my Father who sent Me

Col. 4:17 Archippus “Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord

See: 1 Peter 4:10-11 minister according to the ability that God has given us

Comment: All ministry is ultimately unto God

Matt. 25:44 When have did not this or that unto you Lord

a. Qualification

1 Tim. 3:1-7 The Bishop

“Husband of one wife” “Must be blameless” “Apt to teach”

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock

Eph. 4:11-12 Preparing others for ministry

2. Ministry is fueled by Unselfishness

Mark 10:45 But to minister and give His life a ransom for many

Mention: Acts 20:24 I count not my life dear unto myself…

See: 2 Cor. 11:28 Besides all these things…the care of the churhces

The moment I think what’s in it for me it becomes something other than ministry!

See: 1 Thessa. 2:6 Nor of men we sought glory…

3. Ministry is faced with Adversity

See: Matt. 3:13-17, 4:1

Expect the devil to do anything he can to change your mind about serving the Lord!

And: 2 Cor. 6:4-5

Paul had health issues, the disciples were threaten and beaten and many others were killed

1 Cor. 16:9 And there were many adversaries

4. Ministry is the formula for Joy

Hebrews 12:2 Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross

Act 20:24 that I may finish my course with joy…

Joy is the second of the nine graces of the Holy Spirit and is truly brought about when one enters in to a life of service unto God.

5. Ministry is finish upon faithfulness unto death

Jesus said: It is finished

See: 2 Cor. 4:1 Seeing we have this ministry as we have received mercy we faint not

Paul said: I have finished my course

I am to live the rest of my life for Him, that I might live all of life with Him!

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