Every Christian Is to Minister in the Church

St. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans (12:6-9) reminds us that all Christians have an active role in the life of the Church.  

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Scripture Scholar James D.G. Dunn reminds us of the significance of this teaching.  We don’t come to church to be served, but to serve others as Christ Himself came to serve.  We all are called to love one another as Christ loves us.  We need the Holy Spirit to give us the eyes to see who we are to serve and how we are to serve them.

“It follows that each member of the Christian community has some function within the community; ‘to each’ is given some charisma or other (1 Cor. 7:7; 12:7, 11). All, strictly speaking, are charismatics. No member lacks some manifestation of grace (= charisma). Each is a member of the body only in so far as the Spirit knits him into the corporate unity by the manifestation of grace through him. At no time did Paul conceive of two kinds of Christian – whose who have the Spirit and those who do not, those who minister to others, and those who are ministered to, those who manifest charismata and those who do not. To be Christian in Paul’s view was to be charismatic. One cannot be a member of the body without being a vehicle of the Spirit’s ministry to the body.”  (Unity and Diversity in the New Testament, p 119)


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