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All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness, 17 that the man of God may
be complete, thoroughly equipped for
every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17
"The entrance of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple."
Psalm 119:130
*Note: All Scriptures in this study is either from
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Table of Contents
Part I
Lesson One:
Lesson Two:
Lesson Three:
Lesson Four:
The Word of God
Part II
Lesson Five:
Lesson Six:
Lesson Seven:
Lesson Eight:
Spiritual Warfare
Baptism & Holy Communion
Part III
Lesson Nine: Holy Trinity
Lesson Ten:
The Holy Spirit
Lesson Eleven: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Lesson Twelve: Ministry/Servanthood
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Lesson Twelve
Ministry – Service
God has two kinds of calls to man.
The first one is the call to salvation. The second is a call to service or
The following verse includes both calls.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle
and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my
yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
A call to salvation
a. Come to me - He is calling mankind to himself
because he is the Savior.
b. All you who are weary and burdened - burdened by
c. I will give you rest – Rest from the power and effects
of sin.
2. A call to Service/Ministry.
a. Take my yoke upon you – This is a call to serve Him
(His yoke – nobody else’s)
b. Learn from me – We have to learn from him before we
can serve him. He teaches us on how to take his yoke
upon ourselves.
c. For I am gentle and humble in heart - The first thing
we learn from him is His gentleness and humility.
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d. And you will find rest for your souls – After finding
rest from the power of sin, we are invited to find rest
for our soul in service. No service, no rest for our soul.
When Jesus Christ called the twelve disciples the primary reason was
‘that they might be with him’. What prepares us for service or
ministry is ‘to be with Him’.
“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted,
and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with
him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have
authority to drive out demons.” Mark 3:13-15
When two of these apostles, Peter and John, were arrested and stood
before the High Priest and the scribes, they were amazed by how
Peter and John responded and took note ‘that they were with Jesus’.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they
were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took
note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
What uniquely qualifies any one for Service or Ministry is ‘to be with
Jesus’ and ‘learn from Him’. Then and only then, we would be able
to take His yoke upon us.
This truth is not only for New Testament Christians. When God
called his people from their bondage in Egypt, likewise, it was for
dual purpose.
To free them from slavery in Egypt – slavery is analogous to
bondage to sin, and their freedom from slavery points to
freedom from sin (Salvation).
2. So that they may serve Him. The whole people were called to
Serve God.
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“And the LORD spoke to Moses, Go to Pharaoh and say to him, thus
says the LORD: Let My people go, that they may serve Me.” Exodus
8:1 (NKJV)
The Foundation for Service
The foundation of all service is “Consecrating oneself
unto the Lord.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of
God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
service.” Rom 12:1 (KJV)
“Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to
the LORD today?” 1 Chr. 29:5 (NIV)
The Goal of Service
There are many kinds of service/ministry in the
Church, however, there are two main goals for every
service or ministry.
1. Reconciliation with God
The New Testament ministry is ‘reconciling the
first Adam (man) to God through our Lord Jesus
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
through Christ and gave us the ministry of
reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world
to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins
against them. And he has committed to us the
message of reconciliation. We are therefore
Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making
his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s
behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor. 5:18-20
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The ministry of reconciliation results in people
being reconciled with God, and is accomplished
through the Word of God (the Gospel) and
intercessory prayer.
2. Discipleship – Helping people Grow/Mature in
Those who have been reconciled with God
need to be established in Christ by sending their
roots down, growing up and bearing fruit. The
ultimate goal is for a disciple to be Christ-like.
“Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the
knowledge of the Son of God and become
mature, attaining to the whole measure of the
fullness of Christ.” Eph 4:13
The Apostle Paul tells us what the goal of his
ministry was.
“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and
teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we
may present everyone fully mature in Christ.”
Col 1:28
In what manner
Just as we received the call to salvation by grace, we also
receive the call to service or ministry by grace. No one
can serve God by his own strength or his own
Even in the Old Testament God said:
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of
the LORD, and their righteousness is from me,” Says
the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17
The Apostle Paul also tells us it is through His mercy.
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“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this
ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Cor. 4:1
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me
strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing
me to his service.” 1 Tim. 1:12
This is one of the most important truths about ministry that
we should know. God does not give us ministry based on
our qualification but solely because of His mercy and
grace. He gives us the strength and the grace to serve him
and considers us trustworthy.
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything
for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2
Cor. 3:5
The Source of Service/Ministry
The source of all service or ministry is Jesus Christ
himself. Ministry can come through people or through the
Church, but the ultimate source of true service is Christ.
The Apostle Paul tells us that he received his ministry
from the Lord.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my
only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the
Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the
good news of God’s grace.
No one who understands this truth can complain that
he did not get any opportunity to serve, because true call to
serve comes from the Lord not from any man.
Not only is all true call to serve from the Lord; also
every single step of serving is through Him.
He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you
remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart
from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
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On the other side, with His help we can do
Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13 (NKJV)
How Service/Ministry works
The main thing we need to know about how ministry
works is that it is not something we do for the Lord but
with the Lord. Ministry is doing God’s work with Him.
Basically, it is finding out what he is doing on earth and
joining him by doing our part.
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s
field, you are God’s building.” 1 Cor. 3:9
So, how are we to serve?
1. First of all ‘by being born again’.
You might say ‘why state the obvious?’
Unfortunately, there are many who are engaged in ministry
without knowing if they are really born again. Maybe, they
grew up in church and were caught up in some kind of service
in the church. They never asked themselves if they have
consciously responded to God’s first call of salvation by grace
through Jesus Christ.
2. By finding out what our gift is.
We can only serve according to our gifting. If we
don’t know what our gift is we might get into areas that we
don’t belong. To find our place in the house of God, we have
to find the gift that God has already placed in our heart. Our
pastor or elders in the church can help us discern what our gift
is. It is usually the thing we have a desire or tendency to do.
God puts the desire along with the gift. Read 1 Cor. Chapters
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12 through 14. We have to be aware that our gifts are
deposited in us as a seed that need to be nurtured and grow.
Our dedication and faithfulness determines how fruitful we
become in using our gifts for the Glory of God.
3. Through Prayer and the Word of God.
If any ministry is not enveloped with prayer and the
Word of God, it is like building with a material that does not
pass through the fire. (1 Cor. 3:12-15). The Apostles were
steadfast in Prayer and the Word of God. They said, “We will
give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the
word.” Acts 6:4 (NKJV). Ministry requires preparation in our
spirit and mind. Prayer prepares our spirit, the Word prepares
our mind.
4. By relying on the Holy Spirit
Without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can give a
Ministry that pleases God. Only the Holy Spirit knows the
perfect will of God and can lead us into fulfilling it.
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says
the LORD Almighty.” Zachariah. 4:6
In the Old Testament, ministry was according to what
the law asks, but in the New Testament it is a ministry of the
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—
not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the
Spirit gives life.” 2 Cor. 3:6
5. With Honor
The Apostle Paul compares the ministry of the Old
Testament, which had some level of honor, with the Ministry
of the New Testament, which he refers as ‘much more
“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on
stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not
look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his
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countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the
ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the
ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of
righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10 For even what
was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the
glory that excels. 11 For if what is passing away was glorious,
what remains is much more glorious.” 2 Cor. 3:7-11
The point is, if the Ministry of the New Testament has
great honor, it should be done with great honor and the fear of
the Lord.
6. By getting rid of our shameful ways
Just because we are born again does not mean we don’t
have shameful things we should get rid of. We cannot serve
God with sin in our heart and on our hands.
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry,
we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and
shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the
word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly
we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight
of God.” 2 Cor. 4:1-2
What Paul calls ‘secret’ in the above verse, is only
secret to man not to God. So the sooner we get rid of what is
shameful the better off we will be.
What is the use, if we get praise from men but our
work is shameful before God? Just because God is patient
with us does not mean he condones what we do.
“When you did these things and I kept silent,
you thought I was exactly like you.
But I now arraign you
and set my accusations before you.” Psalms 50:21
7. By not compromising
“For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as
of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in
Christ.” 2 Cor. 2:17
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8. By not serving our own interest.
Our only motive in service should be to honor God. Anyone
using his ministry to promote himself is threading a dangerous
territory. We should not preach ourselves but only the
crucified Christ. There should not be any self serving motive
in our heart when we minister.
9. For the benefit of others
Ministry is for the Glory of God and the benefit of others.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but
also for the interests of others.” Phil. 2:4
10. By enduring hardship
When we are serving the Lord there is always
opposition from the enemy. All kinds of tribulations, tests and
trials might come our way. We have to be able to endure
these things if we are going to give a ministry that is pleasing
to the Lord.
The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy by saying:
“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ
Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian
affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive
the victor’s crown except by competing according to the
rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a
share of the crops.” 2 Tim. 2:3-5
 As a soldier – pleasing our commanding officer (Jesus
 As an athlete – by competing according to the rules
(the Word of God)
 As a farmer – working hard to do God’s will
11. With clear conscious
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“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.” Mat. 5:8
“My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
will minister to me.” Psalms 101:6 (NIV)
12. With the Unity of the Spirit (as a Body of Christ)
We cannot minister as an island. Ministry is with the
body of Christ and to the body of Christ. We serve the body
of Christ and we are served by the body of Christ.
“In whom you also are being built together for a
dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Eph 2:22
Even though working with others is not easy (just as it is not
easy for others to work with us), God has designed it so that
we should minister with each other in Love. Jesus said ‘how
can you say you love God, whom you cannot see, when you
don’t love your brother that you can see?’
13. With Humility
There cannot be true ministry without humility. Jesus
said “I am meek and lowly in heart”. After Jesus washed the
disciple’s feet, he said: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher,
have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s
feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have
done for you.” John 13:13
When there is no humility in our service:
1. We will focus on ‘Me, Mine and I’. ‘What will I get out
of it?’ will be the crucial question, instead of ‘how can I
glorify God in this?’ and ‘How would others benefit from
2. We will focus on ‘our group or clique’. What we do
becomes divisive in the body of Christ instead of keeping
the Unity of the Spirit.
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3. We ourselves would not be edified, nor will others be
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one
another, because, God opposes the proud but shows favor to
the humble.’ 1 Peter 5:5
Obstacles to Ministry
Some of the main stumbling blocks for ministry are:
1. Not knowing the main purpose of Ministry - which is
to honor God.
2. Not knowing what ministry is – which is ‘Doing God’s
will God’s way’.
3. Not knowing how to do ministry – mentioned above in
section VI.
If we have problem with any of these three areas, ministry
would be burdensome to ourselves and others, and will not
be pleasing to God.
May God help us to clothe ourselves with humility and
give service that honors God, edifies ourselves and others.
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Lesson 12 – Ministry - Quiz
(Please give your answers on a separate piece of paper)
Student ID #:
Student Name:
What are the two kinds of calls God has for mankind?
2. What are the two main goals of service? Describe each one.
3. What is the foundation of all service? What is its source?
4. How should we serve? Describe three things.
5. According to Phil 2:1-11, what is the role of humility in our
6. What are some of the characteristics of serving without
7. If you are engaged in serving, how do you find your service
compared to what you learned in this lesson?
If you have not started serving yet, what are your gifts and
how do you plan to use them for the Glory of god?