You’re not a sinner saved by grace
I don’t know about you, but I was brought up believing that when I got saved, I was just a sinner saved by grace.
This is so far from the truth! Saying you’re a sinner saved by grace implies that even though you’re saved by grace (which is true!) your still very much a sinner. Wrong, wrong, wrong!
When Jesus died on that cross He dealt with the power of sin and death.
Romans 6 v1-11 (NLT)
So if we believe that being saved right now means we aren’t going to hell. Why do so many Jesus believers believe they are still just sinners saved by grace?
Why don’t we believe that, as Jesus also dealt with the power of sin, that we are no longer sinners?
On earth as it is in Heaven!
When it comes down to it, why are we on this earth?
No doubt you have heard and even prayed the Lord’s prayer:
Matthew 6:9-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Well, one part so many people seem to miss. Matthew 6:10.
We all remember “Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”.
But what about the “Your Kingdom come” part!
Volunteering Culture: the “NO!” word!
Don’t get me wrong, I love volunteering at church. We are after all one body and we can’t leave all the many countless jobs that need doing for the pastor (although some church congregations do!).
So, what do I mean when I say the “NO!” word? A lot of churches struggle to even get volunteers, so this might scare them a little.
It’s not the threefold ministry, it’s the fivefold ministry
You hear about evangelists, pastors, teachers in the church, so what are the other two and why don’t most churches talk about them?
Firstly let’s look at the ministry / office of evangelists, pastors, teachers. I think by explaining these three important ministry areas of the church will help explain why the other two are ministry areas are needed.
Ok, so you all should know what an evangelist is, someone who just can’t help telling everyone they meet all about Jesus. They go anywhere without fear of rejection and with boldness seem to have an ability (gifting) to share the gospel of Jesus. The people they meet, seem to want to listen because something about the evangelist is just really likeable.
Pastors love to look after their flock or congregation, which is why they are referred to in the bible as shepherds. Pastors just love their congregation, they want every member to be part of their family and feel connected and safe. Pastors want you to know you are loved and part of their family and they will go to great lengths to make sure you stay connected.
Teachers have the ability to make the Bible come to life. They can teach the most random message and it is able to be relevant to everyone in the congregation. They love the Bible and make it their mission in life to get you to love the Bible as well.
So why isn’t it called the threefold ministry and not the fivefold? Who are the other two ministries? Well, I am glad you asked.