Growing up in church, it was common to hear of people “going into the ministry.” It was a status of Christianity higher than the rest of us. It was something that some could aspire to, but most would just cheer on and support. At the District Church, we don’t subscribe to this understanding of ministry. We believe all believers are called to ministry, and that the staff and vocational leaders are there to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
:And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-13
So what does this look like for the us, then? As Pastor Boyd reminded us on Vision Sunday, this means that we are called to be God’s hands and feet in spreading the gospel and seeing the redeeming and reclaiming of God’s design. We’re surrounded by opportunities to share the good news we’ve been given. Whether at work, at school, or at home with our own children, we get to be a part of what God is doing and has been doing throughout history.
We also discussed a few practical tips for discipling one another on Vision Sunday. One such thing was an acronym that can be remembered as ESPN.
E represents encouragement. Our conversation should be edifying and uplifting to one another (Eph 4:29).
S stands for scripture. Scripture is the foundation of our faith, and we should always be finding ways to bring our conversation to scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
P reminds us that we should always be praying for one another, as prayer is a powerful way to encourage one another in the gospel (Eph 6:18-20).
N points us to our next step. When we study scripture, pray for one another, and encourage one another, we should always be driven toward action. Scripture is not meant to be read and forgotten, but rather obeyed, and scripture calls us to action daily (1 Peter 1:13-19).
Another practical way to start making disciples is to start or join a group. Living on mission together is an excellent way to keep ourselves accountable and focused on our purpose. You can join a group here:
Post by Jared Gibson