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M1 - Ministry First

M1 is a lens in which you look at life.  

M1 helps bring action to the words Ministry First

M1 is made up of  5 Key components.

F - Fellowship with God - How we are with God

I - Integrity - How we are with ourselves

R - Relationships - How we are with those close to us

S - Sharing - How we are with those outside of our circle/click

T - Thumbprint - How the world see's us. What kind of thumbprint will you leave on the world.

How to apply M1 to your life

M1 is built on the principal of First things First.

As you go through the F.I.R.S.T. Process you will see that this is the natural walk of a Christian.



F - Fellowship with God- How we are with God

This is the foundation on which everything is based on. If our relationship with God is not right or completely lacking then nothing we do will work or truly glorify Him in our actions or thoughts

Galatians 3:26 - For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.

Ephesians 1:7 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 1:8 that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.

John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him "If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be really free.

Applications  Dig a little deeper

F - Faith - Have faith in Jesus

I - Intimacy - Have an intimate and personal relationship with him

R - Reverence - Hold God in reverence

S - Strength - Lean on his strength and not your own

T - Trust - Place your trust in the Lord.


Action Items


Time with God

Reading your Bible


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I - Integrity - How we are with ourselves

While our fellowhip with God is growing we need to dig deep into ourselves and ask ourselves are we who really want to be? We need to work on how we are with ourselves. Integrity is often explained as doing the right thing when no one is looking 

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:2 through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God's glory. 5:3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings knowing that sufferingproduces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. 5:5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God had been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Application  Dig a little deeper

F - Follow - Find a mentor or small group

I - Instructions - God gave us instructions to follow

R - Read - Read God's word daily

S - Sound/Solid - Grow your faith to be solid and sound

T - Tenacity - Have the tenacity to stand firm and run the race

Action Items


Study the Bible

Actively go to church

Interact with a small group or an accountability partner 


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 R - Relationships - How we are with those close to us

Once we have our Fellowship, and our Integrity is in place, we need to focus on the people around us. How do we interact with our spouse, girldfriend/boyfriend, brother/sister, Mom/Dad or other family members? Jesus said to love our enemies, but sometimes it's harder to love those close to us.

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, 5:23 because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church - he himself being the savior of the body.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 5:26 to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, 5:27 so that he may present the church to himself as glorious - not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. 

6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right 6:2 "Honor your father and mother", which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 6:3 " that it may go well with you and that you will love a long time on the earth"
6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Application  Dig a little deeper

F - Family - Work with your family to get closer to God

I - Interpersonal - Develope interpersonal relationships within your family

R - Resemblance - Resemble Jesus when you interact with your family

S - Similarity - Find similar interest when interacting with your family

T - Tender - Most of all be tender.

Action Items


Go to church as a family

Family devotions

Be involved in your family's lives

S - Sharing - How we are with those outside our family/clique

Once we know how to interact with those close to us then we can start on those who are not. Preparing for a missions trip to Kenya? Want to know if it is going to be sucessful?successful? Well then, how are you at being kind to the bratty kids next door?, or the clerk at the store? Or the one who cut you off in traffic?

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of age.

Luke 6:32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

John13:34 " I give you a new commandment - to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another"

Application  Dig a little deeper

F - Friends - Start with your friends then move on to the rest of the world

I - Illuminate - Glow with your love. Shine

R - Relate - Relate to where people are. Be real

S - Social - Step out of your comfort zone

T - Testimony - You have a testimony, use it. People can tell when you're real.

Action Items


Be open to meeting new people

Be open to God using his voice through you

Be involved in other's lives

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T - Thumbprint - How the world sees us

There is a saying that has been going around Christian cirles for years. If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? If you looked back over your life can you see a clear thumbprint of your ministry?

Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.


Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:7 for we live by faith, not by sight.

Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by things of the flesh, those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit.

Application  Dig a little deeper

F - Freedom - When you follow God's plan for your life, you will experience freedom

I - Inheritance - You are an heir of God

R - Results - When you follow God's plan you can look back and see the results

S - Substance - Following God's will, you will build up many things in your life

T - Traditions - Set a tradition for those who follow you


Action Items


Daily Devotions

Mentor a new Christian





M1 Pages

M1  - Overview
M1 - Applications
M1 - Fellowship
M1 - Integrity
M1 - Relationships
M1 - Sharing
M1 - Thumbprint