What a great opportunity we all have to do ministry together in every new season God opens up. Our influence reaches across Geelong, Bannockburn, and Bendigo pursuing one vision of making Christ known. The church is a great thing and powerful when we are gathered together working alongside God impacting our communities and our world with the Gospel.
There are some characteristics of the church we should be aware of as Paul writes to the church in Ephesus:
The church is known for faith to God and love for people.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (Ephesians 1:15)
The church grows in a greater and closer relationship with God.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:17)
The church is under Christ’s authority.
And God placed all things under his feet… (Ephesians 1:22a)
The church follows Christ as the Head of the church.
…and appointed him to be head over everything for the church (Ephesians 1:22b)
In our church today we must adopt the same characteristics of knowing our purpose, growing, being under authority and recognising Christ’s place as the Head of the church. We are all called to serve Jesus and to use the gifts He has given to us to make a difference in connecting people to Jesus and helping them grow to be like Jesus.
In Pastor Bill Vasilakis’ new book “The Church We Can Be” he makes a comment of how some people view the church. He says:
“To hear the comment that they (people) think Jesus is okay but they can’t stand the church, reveals a lack of understanding about how God’s Kingdom expresses itself in the world. If one truly loves Jesus they will love His Church, want to be intimately connected with other Christ followers and serve Jesus’ purposes through the spiritual family in which He places them.”
The expression of our ministry should have its foundation on this love for Jesus and love for His church. Our primary motive is to draw people’s attention away from us and onto Christ. We learn this from John the Baptist who had large multitudes of people following him. Yet when He saw Jesus, John announced, “He must become greater, I must become less.” (John 3:30)
To serve in a church with Christ as the Head and under His authority, we serve as John did… making Christ greater and making us less. This is doing ministry through humility and no matter how gifted we may be and the extraordinary things we may do with our gifts, we serve Christ who becomes greater in our ministry and who remains as the Head of our church.
The strength of our church is determined by the one who builds it. We stay reminded that when Christ builds the church, not even the gates of Hades can overcome it (Matthew 16:18). To do ministry together in every new season before us, let’s encourage each other to do all things in humility, so we can together promote Jesus to be greater in all things.
Serving Christ together.