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Part Two: Ministry

Posted by on 12.03.2014 in Philosophy
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“When the cities are worked as God would have them it will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement…” – Ellen White

It has been 2000 years since Christ set the example for ministry and His disciples used it to turn the world on its head. Christ’s method of ministry is radical, and today He is calling His church to follow His example one last time, but do we really understand what that means?

What is ministry? It seems more and more that in practice we see ministry as something that the church does for itself. Men’s ministry, women’s ministry, children’s ministry, singles’ ministry, media ministry, and the list goes on. Most of these things are done primarily for church members. While it is not common, I have heard members speak against the idea of allowing nonmembers to participate in a church ministry. Most people, if asked, would say that they would love to have a visitor from the community join their group or ministry. But do we really want that? If that is our purpose for having ministries in the church, are the ministries being developed with nonmembers in mind?

Part One: Mission

Posted by on 14.02.2014 in Philosophy
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“When the cities are worked as God would have them it will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement…” – Ellen White

It has been 2000 years since Christ set the example for ministry and His disciples used it to turn the world on its head. Christ’s method of ministry is radical, and today He is calling His church to follow His example one last time, but do we really understand what that means?

The mission of Christianity is to proclaim the gospel to all the world. In Adventism we believe that, more specifically, we should proclaim the gospel in the light of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14. I believe these things and I would expect just about any Adventist Christian to believe them as well. However, I believe that an intrinsic part of mission is not just what we are setting out to do, but our intentionality, the emotion and enthusiasm we put behind it. Not just that we set out to carry the gospel to the world, but how fully we invest ourselves in the process. You know someone who is on a mission when you see them, don’t you? Anyone who looks at them can tell how badly they want it.