I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. How can we become effective ministers of Christ?
How can we become an effective church? When I was in seminary taking a homiletics class, I was told to pick a pastor I would like to model in his preaching.
This is not only good practice for those studying preaching, but for any type of job or ministry. We learn by modeling others and we teach by example. As far as ministry, there may be no better model to emulate than Paul.
Paul is a model, and his ministry should be our constant study. Big Question: What are characteristics of effective ministers as seen through the model of Paul in Colossians —29? The writer of Hebrews said this:. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God Heb. Christ offered one sacrifice for sins and then he sat down, showing his offering was sufficient, unlike the priests before him. Look at what John MacArthur said:. Roman Catholics have imagined here a reference to the suffering of Christians in purgatory. He has just finished demonstrating that Christ alone is sufficient to reconcile us to God — There are two aspects to this.
If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. Christians suffer the persecution that their master would if he was still on the earth. The more our life models his, the more we will receive the same animosity he did.
The body cannot feel pain that is not sensed by the head. Paul was very aware of this reality for he persecuted the church in his pre—conversion days. Though Paul was persecuting the church, Christ suffered when the church suffered since he is the head of the body.
This should be the attitude of every minister. Each Christian, like a good soldier, has been called to suffer for Christ. In fact, Christ did not hide this truth when he called us to follow him.
He said. If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers Defleshed In Revelation - Harvest Gulgaltha - Necrosophic sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple Luke — This is an attitude every Christian must foster as we each will suffer as disciples of Christ in some way or another. Colossians is a prison epistle; therefore, when Paul writes this letter he is under house arrest in Rome, chained next to a Roman guard twenty—four hours a day.
He willingly suffered for Christ and his church as he sought to spread the gospel to every part of the ancient world. Suffering will always be present, and those who choose to avoid suffering will not be effective for Christ. Jesus taught something similar about his death. If Christ had not died, he would have enjoyed the riches of heaven by himself.
But through his death he brought many people to heaven. Certainly, this is true of us as well in some sense. Listen to this quote from The Believers You And I Together - Paul Texel - Higher He Said Commentary :.
But if we wish to be fruitful, we must follow our Blessed Lord Himself, by becoming a corn of wheat, and dying, then we shall bring forth much fruit. A Christian can choose to live a life avoiding all sacrifice and suffering.
They can choose to not bear the weight of serving or the scorn from being bold for Christ, and yes, they may go to heaven, but they will go to heaven alone without producing much fruit. All effective ministers of Christ are willing to suffer for the body. Are you willing to suffer?
Application Questions: Why is suffering necessary to truly have a transformational ministry? This is true of all ministers who are effective. In fact, the word minister means servant. Every effective minister must be a servant. This would seem to be fundamental to ministry; however, we should be aware that not all ministers are truly servants. It is very possible for ministers to seek to be served in the church instead of Boogie Disease [take 5] - Dr.
Ross* - Boogie Disease. In fact, we see this with most people who attend church. How is the worship? How is the preaching? How is the youth ministry? What can I get out of this church? Most Christians are consumer-minded. They are thinking about what they can get and not what they can give. This can also happen with those who are serving in ministry in the church.
It is very easy for ministry to become about us. In Luke 22, the disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom. They were starting to serve Christ primarily for what they could get. Look at how Christ Chaz Jankel* - Zoom his disciples.
The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves Luke — The greatest among them should be like the youngest.
In that culture, the older person was more exalted than the younger. The Kapitel Achtzehn - Ludwig Lugmeier - Der Mann, Der Aus Dem Fenster Sprang person would do all the dirty work and serve everybody in the house. They would You And I Together - Paul Texel - Higher He Said servants. During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier.
Their leader was shouting instructions at them but making no other attempt to help them. The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. In this scenario, the corporal used his rank to order people around without being willing to get dirty and do some work.
However, George Washington, the President of the United States at that time, chose to use his leadership to set the example by serving others. This is what You And I Together - Paul Texel - Higher He Said ministers do. They set the example by serving. After learning this lesson from Christ, Peter told the elders to not lord over those God had given them. In this passage, Peter actually gives three vices common to leadership.
Leadership can commonly fall into the vice of being lazy instead of willingly serving. They commonly fall into the vice You And I Together - Paul Texel - Higher He Said being greedy for money instead of eager to serve, and they commonly fall into the trap of lording over people instead of being examples to the flock.
Peter had learned his lesson, and so must each of us as Dee Moo Woor - Various - Munchies Music Late Nite Munchies of Christ, if we are going to be effective.
We must be servants of the church instead of seeking for the church to serve us. Application Question: What are characteristics of a good servant? Some people always seek to do great things but are never willing to do the little things. God finds the shepherd doing his best to honor God in the menial task of taking care of sheep, and he exalts him to do the great task of shepherding his kingdom as seen in the story of David.
You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Those who are faithful with a few things, even in what seem like very small tasks, God will put in charge of many things.
Certainly, we have a great example of this in Christ. Good servants are willing to do the small You And I Together - Paul Texel - Higher He Said. Christ called for his disciples to practice serving in secret. They should only care about the applause of heaven and not of men.
Are you commonly seeking the applause of others? Or, is the applause of God enough cf. This is a servant mentality—caring exclusively about the master.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.