Job Description

Posted: April 21, 2015 in thought to ponder
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There are two things we must continually be doing in order for what we do to make sense. Ever wonder why we go to church, attend the youth group, or simply do cell groups? We have to understand our purpose of why we do things. A believer has two important tasks at hand.

#1 Every believer is called to minister.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (Eph. 4:11-13)

Look at the verse closely. God has given the local church the leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers) for what? To equip the saints. For what? For the work of the ministry, for the building up the body of Christ.

It’s that simple. As what Steve Murrell said in his book, Wikichurch…

A pastor’s job is not primarily to minister to people but to equip people to minister to others. (Eph. 4:11)

It is not the pastor who does all the work. A pastor needs to equip the people in the local church to do ministry. A pastor teaches the leaders how to do ministry, then guides the people, encourage, equip.

The second task we have is this…

#2 Every believer is called to disciple.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

That was a command. Discipling people is a command. It is not only the pastors who are to disciple. You see, the command was given to the followers of Christ. Would you consider yourself a follower of Christ? Then this command is for you.

So putting the two tasks together, the pastor equips the believers and then every believer is to (a) minister and (b) make disciples.

That is why we go to church. The church equips us on Sundays through the message. It equips us through small groups (or cell groups). It equips us through one to one mentoring. In the process, the people in the church ministers to one another, not just the pastor.

which leads to the truth about ministry…

While some members may not feel ready yet, God is ready to use them now. (Eph. 4:12)

It is God who uses people, who empowers people to do the task. What we need to do is to be willing, to be available.

God requires availability. Not excuses. Steve Murrell points us to the truth of maturity…

We can’t wait until every believer feels mature enough to minister because no one will mature unless they minister. (Eph. 4:13)

So what are we waiting for?

Take the challenge of ministering to one another, and in the process, make disciples!

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