What is Ministry?

Everyone who has received Christ is called to work for the salvation of his fellow men.”—The Acts of the Apostles, p. 110. “But each of us has been given his gift, his due portion of Christ’s bounty. Therefore Scripture says: ‘He ascended into the heights with captives in his train; he gave gifts to men’ ” (Eph. 4:7, 8, NEB). “And these were his gifts: some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip God’s people for work in his service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11, 12, NEB).

When Jesus went away, the Holy Spirit was given to His followers, bringing to each a gift or gifts for ministering, “distributing to each one individually just as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:11, NASB). Everyone receiving the Holy Spirit receives a ministering gift designated by the Spirit to be used in ministry for Christ. The Holy Spirit urges us to find a ministry whereby the gift can be used to serve others and attract them to Christ. Under this plan there is no hierarchy. Everyone is a minister performing some ministry for which he or she has been specially gifted.

The life of the body is in its cells. If the cell dies, the body eventually dies. If the cells are healthy, the body is healthy. When the cells multiply, the body grows. A study of church movements shows that every major revival has been influenced by a ready access to the Bible and the gathering of believers in small, intimate groups.