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Summary: How can we become effective ministers of Christ? How can we become an effective church? - As far as ministry is concerned, Apostle Paul is one of the most effective Ministers to emulate.

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EFFECTIVE MINISTERS

Study Text: Colossians 1:24-29

Introduction:

- How can we become effective ministers of Christ? How can we become an effective church?

- As far as ministry is concerned, Apostle Paul is one of the most effective Ministers to emulate.

- In many ways, by the grace of God, Paul was able to reach not only Jews but also much of the Gentile world.

- He became an approved scriptural role model in our living and our working for Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17

- Paul is a model, and his ministry should be our constant study. In this lesson, we will discuss effective ministers by studying Paul’s ministry to the Colossian church, under three sub-headings.

1. The Commissioning of Effective Ministers

2. The Characteristics of Effective Ministers

3. The Commitment of Effective Ministers

1. The Commissioning of Effective Ministers

i. A Call unto Salvation:

- According to the Bible the Lord "calls" or summons people to do certain things. In a general sense God calls all men to receive the salvation and redemption that can be found only in His Son Jesus Christ [Rom. 8:30; 1Cor. 1:9; 1Thes. 2:12].

- This calling is more than just an invitation, though, it is a command [Acts 17:30]. Thus God calls and commands all men everywhere to repent and receive Christ. Though this calling is for all men, it is a call to the individual.

- God personally and individually invites and commands each individual to partake of the blessings of His redemption. This call is given outwardly by the gospel [2Thes. 2:14] and inwardly by the Holy Spirit [Rev. 22:17].

- Those who refuse God's gracious call will be eternally held accountable for their refusal [John 12:48].

ii. A Call unto Sanctification:

- After one has answered the call to salvation and received Christ, God calls him to other callings which are affect a believer’s attitude and conduct. This is generally known as a call unto sanctification.

- This call include a call to "fellowship with Christ" [1Cor. 1:9], to "holiness" [1Thes. 4:7], to "liberty" [Gal. 5:13], to "peace" [1Cor. 7:15], and to "virtue" [2Pet. 1:3].

- Believers are to "walk worthy" of the calling they have received [Eph. 4:1].

iii. A Call unto Service:

- But there is still another calling that is even more personal than the moral callings. It is God's call to the individual believer for a specific ministry.

- A call from God into a ministry is a high and heavenly calling [Phil. 3:14] which, unfortunately, is taken lightly by some ministers today [if they are truly called].

- Paul was called to be an "apostle," "preacher," and "teacher" of the Gentiles [Rom. 1:1; 1Tim.], and he never lost sight of his calling. He actively engaged in his ministry until his death.

- This call unto service is only meaningful and meant for those who had previously and effectively answered the call unto salvation and the call unto sanctification.

- For many believers one of the most difficult and elusive things they ever encounter is determining the will of God for their life.

- Others seem to know the path God would have them travel, but hesitate to follow it.


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