Summary: This is the 26th sermon in the series "The Cure". All Christians are ministers. How do you have victory in your ministry?
Series: The Cure [#26]
HOW TO HAVE A VICTORIOUS MINISTRY
This has been an exhausting couple of days. The Supreme Court has decided that they are “god” and have re-defined marriage. On a day that should have been pure joy- The enemy tried to steal that joy from us. On Friday, our youth went to the Monahans Sandhills State Park and online that received over 3,000 views. On Friday, The Supreme Court of the United States voted 5 to 4 in favor of legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 States.
As I spent time on Facebook looking at all of the comments concerning Tharon, I couldn’t help but notice the rainbow background on so many people’s Facebook profile picture. For the most part, these were all people who were in favor of the decision. What really bothered me the most was the amount of Christians that I know who were pleased with the ruling; and then to make it worse berated other Christians who disagreed with that ruling. Christians, such as myself, were called hateful and judgmental. They wrote things like the Bible says not to judge, and the Bible says we are to love, and even that David and Jonathan, Naomi and Ruth, and Jesus and John were gay. Wow. Have people completely lost their minds?
So Christians, what do we do? Do we give up? Do we give in? Do we run in fear? No, we keep ministering. Don’t act like this is the first time in history when a Nation full of people disagreed with Christians. Our text is perfect for today. It is interesting to me that although we are out of the doctrinal portions of Romans and are in the P.S. from Paul to the Romans; that it still fits perfectly.
Paul is talking about his ministry and he gives us the 2 main aspects of that ministry. Verses 14-22 talk about his ministry to the unbelievers and verses 23-33 talk about his ministry to the believers. Before you begin to eliminate yourself from this sermon, understand that if you are a Christian, then you are a minister. You don’t have to be a pastor to be a minister.
Romans 15:14 (NIV)
“I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”
I was going to title this sermon, “Surviving In The Ministry”; but it hit me, “That’s the problem: Jesus didn’t give His life for me to just survive; He gave His life for me to have victory”. So this sermon is titled, “How To Have A Victorious Ministry”.
Romans 15:15 (NIV)
“I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me.”
You have a victorious ministry by…
1. Realizing your ministry is built on grace.
I did not choose God. God chose me.
John 15:16 (NIV)
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
You aren’t ministering because you are so awesome, you are ministering because of God’s grace. God chose you; God has a plan for you; and God gave you the ministry that you are in because He made you for it.