Summary: God has called us all to be a help in our local church. Learn from the life of Moses how to be a help and not a hinderance.
1) The Need For Laborers...
a) Use Comparison between companies needing help and churches...
Exo 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Exo 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
Exo 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Exo 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Exo 17:12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Exo 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
c) Illuminate passage-Moses’ role, Joshua’s role, the essential role of Aaron and Hur.(Really expound on the latter.)
Moses= The work of the pastors and teachers...
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Joshua= Evangelists and missionaries...
Aaron and Hur= Other members of the Body...
Rom 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Rom 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Rom 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Rom 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Not only does each and every one us have a gift, we have a responsibility to use that gift. Too many christians believe that there sole role is to hear the sermon and go home. No wonder Jesus said in Mat 9:37 ...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Someone once described a football game as 22 players badly in need of rest observed by thousands of spectators badly in need of exercise. Many churches are like that! Afew people doing all the work while others observe from the sidelines. Christianity is not a spectator sport!!!
e) Faith without works...
Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Coming to church doesn’t make you any more of a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a Cadillac!!!
2) Know Your Place...
a) I hope you wore your loose shoes cause I’m about to step on some toes. Amen!
b) Do your part...
Notice in verse 12 (Ex. 17) that Aaron and Hur didn’t try to take Moses’ staff or replace Joshua on the battlefield.They did their part, and their role was equally important. Take a supporting role if that’s what God has given you the gifts for. Be a help!!! That’s the essence of Paul’s message in 1Cor. 12. Each believer is a part of the body and no part is less vital than the other!
c) Help is wanted...
Especially in supporting roles. These roles may be less celebrated by man, but God is the one to say well done my good and faithful servant. Amen!?!
3) Support Roles...
Mar 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
Mar 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
Mar 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.