Church Ministries Ideas, where do you get them from ? When I covered the topic ‘what are church ministries’, I did promise that I would look into church ministries ideas. So let’s do a bit of recap so you understand where we are coming from. We saw that church ministries were Christ’ gift to His church and that each ministry carried a specific anointing. It is indeed that anointing that gives the anointed one the power, the wisdom and the creativity to serve the body. Let’s look at a couple of scriptures that confirm this.
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do itas with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:11
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 1 John 2:27
Let me ask you a question. According to those passages, where do you get Church Ministries Ideas from ? Peter calls it, ‘The Ability Which God Supplies’ and John calls it ‘The Anointing which you have received from Him’. They are talking about the same thing. They are talking about the Anointing of the Holy Spirit of the Living God. This is where every believer, every anointed one in Christ Should get their Church Ministries Ideas from. God has already provided a way for us. But sadly, we look to the world for Church Ministries Ideas, how sad ? Do we not trust the Spirit of God ?
If you are to succeed in ministry and fullfil the great commission, it is time we turn to the One who is the Source of Church Ministries Ideas. Peter tells us that God supplies the Ability for Ministy. Why ? He answers the question himself, ‘that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever’. Never loose sight of this because this is what ministry is all about, to give God the glory.
This is why the picture that Elisha gave us in II Kings 2 is so powerful,
And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
Elisha sets the perfect example of how we should go about getting our church ministries ideas :Tear our own cloths, meaning getting rid of our own ideas, abilities and wisdom and put on the Mantle of Elijah, meaning relying on the anointing of the Spirit for Church Ministries Ideas.
John goes further to say that not only the Anointing gives the ability to ministry but ‘Teaches Us All Things’. Notice that He does not say ‘teaches some things or most things’ but ALL THINGS ! I am sure some of you will call me fondamental christian for this, but things couldn’t be simpler. Now I am not saying that we can’t use ideas from the world in ministry, but even when this happens, it has to be through the leading of the Holy Spirit because He is the Ultimate source of Church Ministries Ideas.
In fact Jesus was a perfect example of this during His Ministry. He used parables which were about stories farmers and fishermen could easily relate to. But because he used them correctly under the teaching of the anointing, they were powerful to change and transform lives. It wasn’t the first time farmers and fishermen were hearing those stories. In fact they probably shared them with their children. But the anointing made the diference when Jesus used them.
So what was Jesus’ secret when it comes to Church Ministries Ideas ? He gives us the answwer himself in John5 :19-20
19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
If you understand the revelation contained in these two verses, you will never run out of Church Ministries Ideas, whatever your ministry is. Because as Jesus said, the Father, our Father is in the Business of ‘Showing His Children All that He Himself Is Doing’. If Only we would listen !
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