Community and Body Ministry
Ministry is for EVERY member of the Body Christ. It's called the, "Priesthood of the believer" in the Bible. But almost no one practices it!
Eph. 4:11-13, "He gave some..... for the equipping of 'the Saints' to do the work of the ministry, to build up the Body of Christ; until we 'ALL' attain to the unity...., the knowledge of the Son of God, to a 'MATURE' man, to the.... 'FULLNESS of Christ'."Just as the physical body has many WORKING parts and every part must work properly even so with the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is immature, anemic and sick because not every member is fulfilling his or her part.
This is partly due to ignorance and partly due to the 'Pastor/Priest' form of Church Government and their fear of losing 'control'!
However, there are a number of churches that have learned to do traditional church on Sunday but at the same time they are building up the Body through small home groups. I prefer to use Biblical terms, such as, Home Churches or the term that Chinese brothers use 'House Churches'. But the important thing is that we build according to the Bible. READ - Romans 12, I Cor. 12-14 and Ephesians 4: 11-16.
Eph. 4:16 says it ALL, "from whom the whole Body, [is] being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the Body for the building up of itself in love." Emphasis mine.
When Christians ONLY sit in their pews and NEVER exercise their gift(s) and never create joints (real relationships) with other members then the Body of Christ suffers, and it is suffering GREATLY TODAY!!
Last Updated: August 24, 2011
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