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9. United by Ministry (Ephesians 4:7-16)

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Ephesians (part nine)

If I were to ask the ministers in your church to stand up during a worship service—how many people would leave their seats? Sadly, the minister-layperson distinction persists in churches that ought to know better. Although God does make a distinction between leaders in the church who equip and members in the church who receive training, the leaders and the members alike are meant to share in the work of the ministry. Ministry—a fancy word for “Christian service”—is our shared responsibility. Have you found a place in your local church to serve as well as to be served? Are you employing your gifts and abilities to meet the needs of others while your needs are being met? You are a minister; it’s time to leave your seat.

Related Topics: Ecclesiology (The Church), Basics for Christians, Discipleship, Careers

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