Summary: There is no way any preacher can minster to all the needs of a congregation in one sermon, but God can.
Did you know, that there is no way for me or for any other preacher to minister to all of the needs, that all of us have, through one single sermon?
But, did you know that all the needs, that all of us have, can be met, in one single assembly?
One reason that all of our needs can not be met in a single sermon, is because not one of us is aware of all the many needs that we have (Physical, Emotional, Spiritual) strugles that all of us are having to do battle with, in your lives.
But, God does. And because of that knowledge, He is able to meet all of our needs. And He is able to do that in one single assembly. Did you know that?
You see, God uses His people to minister to one another and to help one another through the many trials that we will encounter along life’s way.
He is able to do that when we ask him to come and bless his people, and then his people bless others with that same blessing.
2 Corinthians 1:3 = “Praise be to the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort, who Comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can Comfort those in any trouble, with the Comfort we ourselves have received from God”.
You see, sometimes after a sermon, somebody will come up to me and say; Leroy that was a really good sermon. But then upon further investigation, I come to understand what they really meant by that, and guess what?
Many times, it had nothing to do with what I just preached on. What I preached on and what their need was, were not even remotely connected. But I know what happened. And so do you.
It was in the context of the word being preached and the words of our prayers and the words in the songs that we sing and the hugs and the touches of Gods people, that God was able to minister to their hearts, and that’s what they were trying to say.
You see, in one single assembly, God is able to meet all of our needs, if we will let! God has left the church upon the earth to fulfill two directives.
One is to seek and save the lost. We have been told by our father to Go into all the world and to make disciples of all the nations.
We are to do that by doing good to all people and to use the many opportunities He gives us to preach Christ to those who have not yet heard of the Good News. This can be understood as being an External ministry of the church!
But, He has also left us another directive to fulfill and that is to build up the body, to keep it healthy and strong, so that we can accomplish the first directive. This can be understood as being an Internal ministry of the church!
And depending on how successful we are in accomplishing the Internal ministries of the church, will directly effect on how successful we will be in accomplishing the External ministry of the church.
These "internal ministries" are to be carried out one toward another. They are what we are to do to and for each other.
And here is another thing. Every single one of these Internal ministries are commandments. They are not optional and they are not recommendations. They are commandments, and they are just as binding on us for the salvation of our Souls as is the commandment to be Baptized for the forgiveness of our Sins.
Now why do you think God would make these Internal Ministries, these things that we are to do to and for each other so important as to make them commandments and not simply suggestions or recommendations?
It is because, by the church carrying out these Internal Ministries to and for one another, God is able to meet all of our Physical, Spiritual and Emotional needs.
He does that through the songs that we sing, the prayers that we say, the Supper that we share and the hugs that we give.
Let me read just a few of these Internal ministries to you:
MK.9:50 = "BE AT PEACE ONE WITH ANOTHER".
Speaks of the Goodness that should exist within the community of believers.
The Lord demands that among his people there must be Tranquillity, Peace.
Scripture tells us that as far as it depends on you, live at Peace with all men.
We are to Seek peace and pursue it in all our relationships, since as members of His body, we were called to Peace.
Peace among the family of God is so important to Him that He made sure, that the word “Peace” appears in every single book of the New Testament.