Sunday Service 9:30 a.m.
Garden City First United Methodist, a Church of Ministers
One of the misconceptions of the church today is that the Pastor is the only minister in the congregation. It is believed that prayer doesn’t happen without clergy leading, consoling doesn’t happen without clergy, community and serving is not valid without a Pastor to lead it. But this is not biblical nor should it be practiced in the church today. I believe a good strong, ministry lead, biblically based church is one that services the community of faith in all aspects of its ministry. From each committee to all the outreach programs God has called us to serve in the Name and guidance of Jesus.
The word and its meaning of Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17). So, to serve in many ways means to minister to others.
So many times, in the church we let our human emotions get the best of us. We want to steer our committees or our groups, maybe even our friends towards our own personal agenda or our own ideas of why something should or should not happen. When this happens, we have left the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the relevance of the existence of Christ in the church. The absent of servitude to others leaves us to seek guidance of the teachings of the one who came to serve and not to be served, Jesus Christ!
God can redefine, reconstruct, and redirect our hearts, and humble our thoughts, and right size our desire to serve God’s people. We cannot lose the central focus of our calling as a church.
Ministry should certainly place emphasis on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they can come to know Him and receive Him as personal Savior, go on to experience Him as Lord of their life, and go even further to know Christ as the essence of their Life (see John 1:12; Colossians 2:6-7; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:8-10). Ministry can, and should, include ministering to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. This is the calling of God’s church, this is the mission of God’s people, and this is what happens at Garden City First UMC on any given day! Let us be witnesses to His greatness, His healing, His peace, and the merciful Love of Jesus in all that we do! For we know that “In The End, Love Wins!
Share the Gospel!