Jan 27, 2014

Lessons Related to Ministry from Romans 1:11–15

Recently as I was preparing to teach Romans, it struck me that the introduction contained some important principles related to ministry. Here is a list that I observed.

  • Ministry is about people (“I long to see you,” v. 11)
  • Ministry is about giving (“that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,” v. 11)
  • Ministry should be mutually encouraging (“ that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith,” v. 12)
  • Ministry does not always go as planned (“I have often intended to come to you [but thus far have been prevented], v. 13)
  • Ministry is like reaping a harvest (“that I may reap some harvest,” v. 13)
  • Ministry often includes both believers and unbelievers (“among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles,” v. 13)
  • Ministry should be ethnically inclusive (“I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish, v. 14) 
  • Ministry is about the proclamation of the gospel (“I am eager to preach the gospel,” v. 15)

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