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What’s the work of your church?

Humbleness and patience - gone with the wind???
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Luke 14:23 Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.”

Jesus prays to God, John 17:18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The authentic and healthy church has both inward and outward movement. Both inward and outward growth. Holiness is about how you practice discipleship and Christian maturity, but ministry is the sweat of the church - these are the motions of mercy and justice, this is where love is inspired to act. And ministry doesn’t have to be helping at the church – I would much rather you had a ministry outside your church walls – that’s where the people are.

That’s where the world is.

Pray that God opens your eyes to the work that can be done beyond your campus.

Because, I get it, being an usher, or a kitchen worker or even a Sunday School teacher maybe isn’t your thing – that’s fine. Don’t beat yourself up because you don’t feel called to fold bulletins or rock babies. That only means there is something else for you.

Jesus says, Matthew 25:40  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Notice Jesus says ministry is done for others - it’s done for God.

The problem becomes when ministry is done for numbers and growth – that’s not going to be an authentic witness and all you’ll end up with is a fake church.

Find what gets you going – what stirs your passion – and build a ministry.

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