Ministry Lessons from Jesus

Last night we had the privelege of Pastor Steve Chong, come up from Sydney to share with us a bit about ministry.  He’s got plenty of experience behind him leading a new church plant in Kogarah, Sydney called Kirkplace and also being RICE national director.  He took us a through a passage in Mark 6 showing us how Jesus Christ did ministry, and what we can learn from it. 

I thought i’d share with you the brief notes that I took.  I probably left a lot out, but I hope it’s helpful.

  1. Jesus Perseveres in Ministry
    Jesus was hated and despised even in his home town.  People didn’t listen to him.  There would have been times he just wanted to give up – but he persevered.  Likewise we should push on as well.  Even when tired or disheartened. 
    Ministry is not suppose to be easy – Jesus tells us to follow him is to take up your cross and suffer ( Mark 8 )
  2. There is an urgency in Ministry
    In Mark 6:6-13, Jesus tells his disciples to not take anything with them – but to just go!  Not only does this show complete dependance on God’s provision but a sense of urgency and haste for the mission of the gospel.   No one knows the day that Jesus will return – so let’s preach the word in light of this.
  3. Jesus had a strategy: Go and preach and call people to repent
    v12 showed Jesus’ simple strategy that the disciples followed – preach repentace.  you should NEVER GET TIRED OF THIS. keep this at the centre of your minstry strategy.
  4. Ministry is not about being liked
    Jesus himself was one of the least liked people to ever have lived. Even today he is despised by many.  Remember ministry is about pleasing God NOT men.
    The key to doing ministry is not about being liked (if it is  – Jesus fails) – the key is to be faithful
  5. The key to ministry is faithfulness
    it’s not about numbers, stats or results.  It’s about being faithful to God’s word. 
    Jesus started with 12 and ended with no-one…numbers wise he was a failure. But he was ALWAYS faithful
  6. Know when things aren’t working
    In light of point 5, that doesn’t mean the results shouldn’t be considered at all.  Recognise when a ministry has lost its effectiveness- even if you believe you are being faithful.  Know that God may have other plans to grow his kingdom.

Remember brothers and sisters – all for God’s glory.  Now get out there and do it!

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