Get Plugged In to the Ministry – Part 1 and 2

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Get Plugged In To the Ministry

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Intro:  The first time we find the word “ministry” in the Word of God, it is found in Numbers 4:12 “And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary…”

Some things we learn from the First Mention Principle of the word ministry

                   1. God wants a unified and coordinated work to be done – they shall take ALL

                   2. God reminds us that we are simply “instruments” of ministry.

                   3. The ministry should be done in the sanctuary.

The first 15 or 20 times you find the word “minister”, all but just a couple of times you find the ministering done in the priest’s office or in the holy place. 

The Old Testament priests were called ministers.

Ministry is something you do in church, for God. Without a doubt, ministry can be anywhere and can involve a wide variety of service.  However, we must understand that ministry today must be done through the local church.

In Colossians 4:17, Paul is encouraging a man by the name of Archippus to get plugged in to the ministry.

  • Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

We do not know the backstory of this man or this very specific admonition.

                   Maybe Paul was trying to get him to live up to his PROMISE.

                   Maybe Paul was trying to get him to live up to his POTENTIAL.

                   Paul was definitely trying to get him to live up to his PURPOSE.

KEY THOUGHT: There are two types of people in the church: those that want to be ministered unto, and those that want to minister.

If we are going to be like Christ, we will have a desire to minister.

  • Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

NOTE: One that ministers will also need to be “ministered unto”. 

That’s not saying they are self-sufficient.  That is simply saying that their life is about others, not themselves.

  • Mark 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

QUOTE: “I would never want to reach out someday with a soft, uncallused hand – a hand never dirtied by serving – and shake the nail-pierced hand of Jesus.”

In our text verse, we discover several key elements concerning getting plugged in to the ministry.

  • Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

                   A. It is a Sovereign Issue – “…thou has received IN THE LORD,    …”

Understanding that ministry in the church is a matter of Divine interest.

We must realize that God is without a doubt interested in our service for Him.

He’s the One that must be pleased, and He’s the One that must be glorified.

He’s the One that will be dishing out rewards one day at the Judgment Seat.

  • II Corinthians 5:9, 10 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

From the beginning of time, God has nominated His people to perform tasks.

Genesis 6:13, God told Noah to build an ark.

The world was wicked and the sin on the earth grieved the Lord.

He decided to destroy the world with a flood.

He told Noah to build an ark, to save him and 2 of all the animals.

Why didn’t God build it? It was God’s idea to destroy the earth.

God created the entire world in 6 days.

  • Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is…

It took Noah 120 years to build the ark and roundup 2 of all the animals.

God could have built it in a split second. He could have put the animals in there.

Why sentence the only man on the planet that is living right to 120 years of hard labor?

Why have Noah build it?

                   1. He would ultimately benefit from it more than anyone else.

                   2. It kept him and his boys out of trouble.

                   3. Every day, he was forced to think about the saving of his house.

  • Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Keep this in mind – God doesn’t use people to build the ministry.

God uses the ministry to build people.

God takes nobodies and makes somebodies out of them.

  • Moses was a nobody shepherd.
  • Gideon was a nobody wheat farmer.
  • David was a nobody shepherd.
  • Nehemiah was a nobody cupbearer.
  • Samuel was a nobody kid helping the preacher.
  • Elisha was a nobody plowing a field.
  • Matthew, Peter, John, James, all of the disciples were nobodies.

It was the ministry that made them into the extraordinary Bible characters that we know them to be.

Not one single Bible character became a leader; a difference maker until God gave them a job to do.

It was their submission to God’s job that put them on the map.

                   B. It is a Stewardship Issue – “…WHICH THOU HAST RECEIVED…”

We’re not sure what Archippus’ ministry was.

His name means “master of the horse”, so it’s possible he was in charge of the parking lot!

Whatever his job was, it was GIVEN TO HIM, AND HE RECEIVED IT.

There was a level of expectation, and Paul was reminding him of the importance of being a good steward.

  • Luke 12:48 For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

How many people have been given a ministry of the Lord but they have not received it.

NOTE: Not receiving it doesn’t mean you didn’t get it.

Ask Jonah about that.

God called him to go. He refused. God didn’t recall the ministry.

God didn’t change His mind about the job that needed to be done; He changed the heart of the man running.

                   C. It is a Supply Issue – “…Take heed…that thou fulfil it…”

One of the most key aspect of ministry is understanding the importance of seeing a need and meeting that need.

When you get involved in a ministry, you are supplying the need.

  • FULFIL: to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full; to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally

There is a verse in the Bible that emphasizes the seriousness of supplying a need.

I John 3

  • 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
  • 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
  • 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

It is work; it is a labor; it is not always easy. It is not always FUN.  But it is fulfilling.

There is a sense of accomplishment, knowing you’ve done something that pleases God.

The joy of meeting a need – filling a void – allowing God to use you to be a blessing.

Get Plugged In To the Ministry

Part 2

I. Getting Plugged In will Provoke an Obligation

  • Luke 12:48For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

When you get plugged in to the local church, and God starts to work mightily in your life, it occurs to you that you cannot keep it to yourself.

Paul mentioned multiple times one of the motivations for his service.

  • Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

I Corinthians 9

  • 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
  • 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
  • 19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

II. Getting Plugged In will Present an Opportunity

In Paul’s writing, he names numerous people that were outstanding ministers.

In our texts, we find a family – the house of Stephanas, that the Bible says “addicted themselves” to the ministry.

The word addicted here literally means: to put in order, to station; to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint; to assign

An addict will find the drugs. An addict will find the money to find the drugs.

A person that is plugged in to the ministry will find an opportunity to serve.

I have NEVER one time had to look for something to do.

I’ve had to look for help a lot of times.

When they got themselves in order, God provided them a place to serve and minister.

  • 1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me,

God doesn’t open doors of ministry to people that won’t minister!

They addicted themselves – they got themselves in a position to serve God.

After they addicted themselves, then they GOT PLUGGED IN to the ministry of the saints.

There are numerous opportunities to become a part of what God is doing at Calvary Baptist Church.

  • Calvary Baptist School
  • Music Ministry
  • Office Duties
  • Bus Ministry
  • Grounds and Maintenance
  • Usher Ministry
  • Hospitality Ministry
  • Outreach, visitation and soulwinning
  • Publications Ministry
  • Bookstore Ministry
  • Hospitality Ministry
  • Nursery Ministry
  • Sunday School
  • Planning and coordinating events
  • Missions Ministry
  • Cleaning; decorating the church
  • …and many more opportunities to serve and be a blessing.

III. Getting Plugged In will Produce an Outcome

                   A. An Outcome Here

  • Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Illustration: In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon reaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – blisters produce blessings.

                   B. An Outcome in Heaven

  • Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.