How to begin ministry – Ministering to others

These are Biblical instructions for how to minister to other people. It is explained here to assist you in learning how to minister to people about the Bible, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and expressing love. Such things are essential in carrying out the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20).

What do Ministers do? It is not requiring that people should be schooled in Bible college or seminary, or be called a “pastor” just so they can minister. Ministers are ones who lead God’s Flock. Every believer is a priest with full access to God (1 Peter 2:9), which is through Jesus Christ. Elders, however, help mature the faith (Acts 20:17), are overseers (1 Timothy 3:1-2; Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7), and they are called to pastor (shepherd)(Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:1-4), have servant leadership to the flock (Matthew 20:25-26; 1 Thessalonians 5:12), and should be qualified as elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).

Pastoring simply involves being a Godly example (Hebrews 13:7) and they should confront sin and false doctrine, which is why they must be qualified to be an elder/deacon. Those who pastor, are to be conscious of how they teach (1 Timothy 4:16; Acts 20:28) and be of good conscience before God and others (Acts 24:16; 1 Timothy 1:5). Those who pastor are to be a man of faith and prayer (Hebrews 11), and be able to be vigilant to guard the flock like a shepherd herds his flock against wolves (Ezekiel 34; Galatians 6:1-2). Such good men of God should teach God’s Word without wavering and submit to other leaders as team members (1 Timothy 5:17; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Ephesians 5:21). Those who pastor are to model Christlike love (1 John 4:19). Therefore, “pastor” is not a title or office; it is a gift actually (Ephesians 4:11). Servants are not called to “change the world”, but to go into the world and preach (Matthew 28:16-20).

Jesus spoke against the use of titles, and said for people to be a servant to each other (Matthew 23:7-12). Therefore, people should just use their name when ministering to each other. God alone is “reverend” (Psalm 111:9), and Jesus alone is Teacher/Master. Do not, however, place emphasis on people knowing your name, but do help them know God (2 Corinthians 4:5). Examples of how to use designations: “John Smith, a servant,” “John Smith, a minister”, “John Smith, a friend”.

Those who pastor seek the higher calling (which is what those who are truly called do best at pastoring). Therefore, do what you are called to do (not just you who feel you are called to pastor, but do anything you are called to do) – avail yourself from “slave work” and be sure to seek “purpose work” (1 Corinthians 7:20-21).

Ordination is church recognition/confirmation of being an elder, deacon, or minister (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 4:14; 5:22; 2 Timothy 1:6). The calling of pastoring is like a burning fire in your bones (Jeremiah 20:9), and makes you feel like you cannot do anything else. We must preach (1 Corinthians 9:16; 1 Timothy 1:12).

Discipline – People in the Church are subject to discipline by Elders as we read in Matthew 18. Only 2-3 people can admit a charge against an elder, and it is not good to attempt to lead a charge against God’s Called alone (1 Timothy 5:19; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).

Speech – Free speech is great, especially in the US; however, the Bible warns us not to let unclean things proceed from our lips, for we are to edify and build up people (Ephesians 4:29). What is going on internally will eventually manifest externally (Matthew 12:34); therefore, leaving aside all negative speech and hatred, and having good speech at all times (Colossians 3:8; 4:6). Be helpful in perfecting each other, you brethren (Ephesians 4:12-16). We don’t just share our heart, we preach the Word to each other (2 Timothy 4:2). The Bible promotes love for your neighbor (Mark 12:31), and demotes loving the world (1 John 2:15).

Doctrine – Now, doctrine is not something we set in place, or force others to adhere to. Doctrine is to be between God and man (2 Timothy 1:13-14), so people imputing their dogmas, stigmas, and other influences upon you, especially enforcing them, is unbiblical. People are not mystics, prophets, or gurus. When we teach others, it is their responsibility for how they have their own doctrine between God and them. We hold firm to the message taught by the Lord unto us (Titus 1:9), teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine (Titus 2:1), watch your life and doctrine closely especially to persevere in that doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16), do not do things contrary to sound doctrine (see 1 Timothy 1:10), and know that Scripture is useful to learn doctrine and know how to minister to others (2 Timothy 3:16-17). People should learn how to teach and handle the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15). Some people do not care for sound doctrine, and will instead listen to people who tell them what they want to hear instead of the truth (2 Timothy 4:3-4). You must be prepared for people to question you about your faith and doctrine, and testify for what you believe (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Hatred from the world – Christians will be hated of the world, because of their faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:22; cf. Mark 13:13; John 15:18-21), which is also because of their uprightness (Proverb 29:27). Those who persevere will be held in a good reward with the Lord (Revelation 2:26). Don’t focus on the hatred, but ignore them just as Jesus did (See Luke 4). Being defensive is not what Jesus would do (See Mark 10), but ask questions to those who disagree or criticize (See Luke 12). We must remember also that our days are numbered, so that should help us live out our purposes (Psalm 90:12). To avoid calumny (false statements meant to hurt someone else either intentionally or unintentionally), avoid describing people in nouns or adjectives, do not argue against people – but do argue ideas, avoid pretending to know the cause of a person’s behavior (remember innocence until proven guilty), avoid assuming a person’s intentions, and ask yourself “Is this true” and even “Does this edify and/or build up this person?” when you are about to make a statement that could possibly offend someone (Romans 14:19).

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