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Every Christian a Minister

We live in a day of outsourcing. As a society, we outsource things like our lawn, home improvement, childcare, shopping, cooking, and more. Sometimes this can be good, sometimes not so much.

When it comes to the Christian life, there is one thing that God has commanded us to not outsource; the work of the ministry. Every Christian is commanded by God to participate in this privileged work.

I’ve found that we often have an upside-down approach to ministry. We consider it like a football game in a stadium. The pastors and elders are sort of like the players out on the field. They are running plays, getting their jerseys dirty, and trying to push up and down the field to accomplish something. And many Christians view themselves like the fans in the stands. They consider themselves as committed for many reasons. They paid money to be there. They like the team. They attend fairly regularly. They are happy when the church leaders get something remarkable accomplished. They are entertained a bit by the leaders and their teaching.

Biblically speaking, however, the Christian life is not like that. In keeping with the football metaphor, the local church leaders are more like the team’s coaches and trainers (minus the temper). As such, they are called to work hard, study, stay ahead of things, and prioritize the care of the players. But they are not the players. Instead, all Christians are more like the players. As they receive the care, training, and equipping from the coaches, they are the ones on the field enjoying the challenges and rewards of the game. To maximize their joy and effectiveness, they are to regularly stay connected with the coaches and trainers. They give and receive input to the coaches. They communicate closely with them. Wounds are treated, successes celebrated, and mistakes nurtured. They may not know every coach or trainer, but they stay closely connected with at least one. That/those coach(es) then provide accountability, equipping, care, and a nurturing relationship for as long as the player is under their stewardship. God’s design for every Christian is more likened to players on a field than spectators in a grandstand.

To use another metaphor, sometimes we can approach church like a concert performance. I show up, observe the guys on stage, take it in, leave, and that is the end of the matter. Church leaders are viewed sort of like the guys on stage who we watch perform for us. I attend, hoping to enjoy what is happening. If I do not, well, it might not be the place for me.

But again, the Bible teaches that church is not like that. How do we know?

More: http://thecripplegate.com/every-christian-a-minister/

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The Holy Spirit and Prayer: The Communicative Aspects of the Holy Spirit


By: Brian Chilton

Last week, Jason Kline and I co-authored an article on the three positions on prayer: the pantheist view (that individuals can coerce and force God to speak); the deist view (the view that God never speaks); and the theist view (that God speaks to his people according to his will). When we consider God’s voice, it is imperative that we understand the working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune Godhead, enjoined with God the Father (Yahweh) and God the Son (Jesus). So, what exactly does the Holy Spirit do as it pertains to prayer?

  1. The Holy Spirit Reveals the Word (Matt. 22:43; Acts 1:16; 4:25; 28:25; 1 Peter 1:11; 2 Peter 1:21). The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit communicates with humanity by revealing God’s word. The writers of Scripture were inspired in ways that we are not today. That is to say, they received the infallible, inerrant word of God. Jesus noted, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’” (Matt. 22:43)?[1] Again in Acts 1:16, Peter said, “Brothers and sisters, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David foretold about Judas” (Acts 1:16). Peter also writes in his letters that “They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified in advance to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” (1 Peter 1:11) and that “No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). While the prophets and writers of Scriptures were guided by the Holy Spirit to document the written word of God, the modern Christian is guided into understanding God’s revelation which is a gift and communicative aspect of the same Holy Spirit.

Read more: https://bellatorchristi.com/2017/05/23/the-holy-spirit-and-prayer-the-communicative-aspects-of-the-holy-spirit/