Discovering Your Ministry
This outline is used to help you discover who God made you to be. When you discover who God made you to be then you will discover what God made you to do!
What is Ministry?
To serve (Greek word "diakonos" (dee-ak-on-os) ) - one who executes the commands of another, especially of a master, a servant, attendant, minister.
Ministry is the gift God has given you to serve Him and the needs of others.
We can minister in three directions:
To the Lord (Acts 13:2) - Worship
To Believers (Hebrews 6:10) - Ministry
To Unbelievers (Matthew 5:13) - Evangelism
We can minister in three areas of need:
To people's physical needs. (Matthew 25:35-36, 40) "(God says) I was hungry and you fed me…thirsty and you gave me drink…needed clothes and you clothed me…sick and you cared for me…in prison and you visited me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
To people's emotional needs. (1Thessalonians 5:14-15) "And we urge you brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and everyone else."
To people's spiritual needs. (2Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:28) "All this is from God who reconciled the world to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."
What is the Purpose of Ministry?
God wants to use you to build up His kingdom.
"There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…But God has combined all the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." - 1Corinthians 12:4-7; 24-26
The Priority of Ministry
We've been created for ministry! (Ephesians 2:10)
We've been saved for ministry! (2Timothy 1:9)
We've been called into ministry! (Galatians 1:15; Ephesians 4:1)
We've been gifted for ministry! (1Peter 4:10)
We'll be rewarded for ministry! (Colossians 3:23-24)
The Procedure for Discovering Your Ministry - Romans 12:1-8
Dedicate your body.
"Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God - this is your spiritual act of worship." - Romans 12:1
Eliminate competing distracting.
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you remind…" - Romans 12:2
Here are two purposes of spiritual gifts:
Not for your benefit but for the good of others. "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." - 1Peter 4:10
To produce maturity and stability in our church family. "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we all no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning of craftiness of men and their deceitful scheming." - Ephesians 4:11-14