Summary: This message will answer the question, “How do I get involved in ministry?”

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Our study on CONNECTING continues today. We are examining how to best fulfill our MISSION as we enter into this new year. In order to pursue the goals of evangelism and discipleship, we must be CONNECTED.

First, we must be connected with God for the spiritual strength that only he provides

Second, we must be connected with others because it is through relationships that we serve the Lord together and proclaim the gospel.

Today we are examining Connecting with MINISTRY

This message will answer the question, “How do I get involved in ministry?”

You can discover your place of ministry by taking these five steps

- Passion

- Prayer

- Pastors

- People

- Produce. (By this I mean the FRUIT that is born through your ministry)

There are needs all over the world. How do we know where to help?

It is where the Lord leads us through the church family.

EVERY Christian is a minister!!!

CLERGY/ LAITY terminology is unbiblical. Such terminology implies that the Clergy are the professionals, and the laity are the amateurs. BUT the word 'laity' comes from the Greek laos which simply means 'people.' That's who we are: the people of God doing the work of God.

One of the best examples in the Bible of a person connected with ministry is - Timothy

We read of Paul’s love for Timothy and his confidence in him in the following passage:

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.” (Philippians 2:19–30, NIV84)

1. Tim, native of Lystra. Probably saved on 1st miss journey. Acts 16:1-3“He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

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