Summary: Every believer has a ministry.
We Have This Ministry
Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
Intro: 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
Whether or not you know it…you have a ministry.
-When you see the word ministry in the
Scripture, think servant
-We often think of having a ministry as
having some project or specific purpose.
Ministry simply means service…minister means
WE all have a ministry.
It is not a choice…you DO have this ministry,
It is the result of receiving God’s mercy.
It is because we are saved that we have this
In this ministry we must not fail…falter
-You cannot quit
-It is a ministry that is ongoing…
1. We have a ministry of openly demonstrating the
truth. Vs. 2
-You very life is a demonstration of God’s
-When God saved you…he changed you.
-If you are genuinely born again, you cannot hide
-God does not have secret agents.
-If Jesus is truly the Lord of your life and you
are living for Him in obedience…people will notice.
-The truth that your life proclaims is not hidden.
-By dishonesty (are you living a lie?)
-By walking in craftiness (deceit)
-By twisting the Scripture to mean something
-If you are honestly walking with God, your
life is an open demonstration of truth.
-Not just what you say.
-Not some kind of show…(hypocrites put on a
-People see the truth of God and the gospel in
the life that you live.
-Commending ourselves to every man’s
-Commending…standing in front of
-Every man’s judgment…or opinion of us.
-We are putting ourselves out there to be
criticized by everyone…either good or bad.
-In the sight of God
Our ministry is to openly demonstrate truth in front of God and everybody.
2. We have a ministry to preach Christ. Vs 5
“Everywhere you go, preach Christ, and if
necessary use words.” (St. Thomas Acquinas)
-To speak up as God gives us opportunities.
-It scares people to death to speak up and
witness for Christ.
-It scares me sometimes
-I think that is why Jesus said “I am
with you always, even unto the end of the
world.” (Matthew 28:20b)
-You don’t have to be a theologian.
-You don’t have to be a preacher…
-You don’t have to use fancy words.
2 Corin. 2:1-5
-Just tell what God did for you.
-You should think about your testimony.
-Not how bad I was…but how good God is.
-You should practice. (I did)
-It is necessary because Satan may blind the
eyes of lost people from the truth. Vs 3-4
-Satan does not what them to see the truth.
-Your demonstration of truth may be hid to
them that are lost.…you may have to speak up.
-like wives who get their hair done and
don’t say anything…the husband may not
notice…then he’s in trouble.
Our ministry is to preach Christ. (Mark 16:15)
3. We have a ministry of shining light in a dark
world. Vs 6
-You are a light shining in the darkness.
-Your light is your good works.
-God saved you to do good works.
-You were created unto Good works.
-What are they…
-Good works are shown in obedience.
-Kindness, Going to Church, Doing Right,
-Are you shining for Jesus?
Our ministry is to shine in the darkness.
One more thing….we have a secret. Vs 7
This ministry cannot be done in the flesh…
The ministry of demonstrating truth.
The ministry of preaching Christ.
The ministry of shining in the darkness.
-The power is of God and not of us…
-God gives us the power to demonstrate truth.
-God gives us the power to preach Christ.
-God gives us the power to shine in the darkness.
He works THROUGH us…if we will just let him…
We must be surrendered to His will, His Work, His way.