Saturday, September 3, 2016

Reflection - Christian's manner of ministry

Source (book): "Faithful to the end", Chapter 10, Question 4, Page 148.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012


The manner in which we do ministry should be 'with great patience and careful instruction' (2 Timothy 4:2) in order to exhibit a competence that makes the ministry effective and the congregation truly blessed.
PHOTO: The manner in which we do ministry should be "with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2) in order to exhibit a competence that makes the ministry effective and the congregation truly blessed.
The servant of Christ must be like his Master who, when ministering to the slow-to-learn disciples, exercised great patience when He taught them.
A good servant would also not be guilty of slipshop work. He would take his work seriously, and when he teaches or preaches, his ministry would be one of "careful instruction".
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How does the manner in which you do ministry affect the response to and results of your ministry? Write down your personal philosophy of ministry by setting out how you would ensure that in your motive for ministry, its message and modes, and the manner in which it is carried out, God's name would be honoured and you would be a useful instrument in His hands.

How does the manner in which you do ministry affect the response to and results of your ministry?
The Manner of Ministry [1]
Timothy is reminded by Paul to exercise his ministry of the Word "with great patience and careful instruction" (
2 Timothy 4:2). The phrase "with great patience" points to the Christlike character with which the servant of the Lord must serve, while the phrase "with careful instruction" refers to the diligence and competence also with which he must serve.


Timothy is reminded by Paul to exercise his ministry of the Word 'with great patience and careful instruction' (2 Timothy 4:2).

PHOTO: Timothy is reminded by Paul to exercise his ministry of the Word "with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2). The phrase "with great patience" points to the Christlike character with which the servant of the Lord must serve, while the phrase "with careful instruction" refers to the diligence and competence also, with which he must serve.
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The servant of Christ must be like his Master who, when ministering to the slow-to-learn disciples, exercised great patience when He taught them. He had to repeat Himself several times or explain further in private what He had taught publicly. An impatient, rude, or arrogant preacher and teacher would do great damage. Though his listeners may understand what he teaches, they would either not believe him or be turned off by his bad manners and lack of Christlikeness. Timothy would have remember what Paul had written earlier - that he should "be kind to everyone" and to teach without being quarrelsome nor with resentment (2 Timothy 2:23-24).



The servant of Christ must be like his Master who, when ministering to the slow-to-learn disciples, exercised great patience when He taught them.

PHOTO: The servant of Christ must be like his Master who, when ministering to the slow-to-learn disciples, exercised great patience when He taught them. He had to repeat Himself several times or explain further in private what He had taught publicly.
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A good servant would also not be guilty of slipshod work. He would take his work seriously, and when he teaches or preaches, his ministry would be one of "careful instruction". He would neither be lazy nor careless in his work, but exercise due diligence in the way he prepares his lessons and delivers them. In all of this, he would exhibit a competence that makes his ministry effective and his congregation truly blessed.



A good servant would also not be guilty of slipshod work.


PHOTO: A good servant would also not be guilty of slipshod work. He would take his work seriously, and when he teaches or preaches, his ministry would be one of "careful instruction" He would exhibit a competence that makes his ministry effective and his congregation truly blessed.
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Such quality ministry is necessary especially in this terrible world. In the last days, "men will not put up with sound teaching" (2 Timothy 4:3). There will be no appetite for it. Instead people will have a smorgasbord (a range of open sandwiches and delicacies) or buffet mindset; and as John Wesley points out, they will be unduly fond of novelty and variety. [4] The "choose your own sandwich" approach fits in snugly with our DIY perspective on many things. In matters of faith, a DIY religion is the result. People want to pick and choose their favourite preachers of the Word (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Preachers who scratch itching ears will be popular. They will prefer untrue myths to the unchanging truth. This implies that the true teacher may not have a big audience; it is the false teachers who may attract huge crowds. As Adam Clarke puts it: "Endless curiosity, an insatiable desire of variety; and they get their ears tickled with the language and accent of the person, abandoning the good and faithful preacher for the fine speakers." [5]



In the last days, 'men will not put up with sound teaching' (2 Timothy 4:3).

PHOTO: In the last days, "men will not put up with sound teaching" (2 Timothy 4:3). There will be no appetite for it. The "choose your own sandwich" approach fits in snugly with our DIY perspective on many things. In matters of faith, a DIY religion is the result. People want to pick and choose their favourite preachers of the Word (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Preachers who scratch itching ears will be popular. They will prefer untrue myths to the unchanging truth.
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The true teacher may not have a big audience; it is the false teachers who may attract huge crowds.

PHOTO: The true teacher may not have a big audience; it is the false teachers who may attract huge crowds. As Adam Clarke puts it: "Endless curiosity, an insatiable desire of variety; and they get their ears tickled with the language and accent of the person, abandoning the good and faithful preacher for the fine speakers." [5]
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But the man of God must not lose heart or change his message and manners to suit the whims and fancies of fickle listeners. He must neither give up nor be tempted to join the superficially successful false teachers.Timothy is urged to "keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:5). Using the phrase "But you", Paul urged Timothy to be faithful and different from the popular false teachers. He must be prepared to suffer the hardship that often comes with honest and loyal service rendered to the Lord. Timothy is urged to do the work of an evangelist and not be distracted. The term "evangelist" is not restricted to evangelism but to the whole gospel ministry, which includes Christian nurture and disciplining.



The man of God must not lose heart or change his message and manners to suit the whims and fancies of fickle listeners.

PHOTO: The man of God must not lose heart or change his message and manners to suit the whims and fancies of fickle listeners. He must neither give up nor be tempted to join the superficially successful false teachers. We are urged to "keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:5).
Painting by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) - Evangelist Matthew and the Angel
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The effective response to the terrible times of the last days is to be true to Christ and to faithfully do the ministry (especially of the Word) that He has given us. We should not be like the rest of the world nor like the false teachers, but be different; we must be like Christ.



The effective response to the terrible times of the last days is to be true to Christ and to faithfully do the ministry (especially of the Word) that He has given us.

PHOTO: The effective response to the terrible times of the last days is to be true to Christ and to faithfully do the ministry (especially of the Word) that He has given us. We should not be like the rest of the world nor like the false teachers, but be different; we must be like Christ.
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Write down your personal philosophy of ministry by setting out how you would ensure that in your motive for ministry, its message and modes, and the manner in which it is carried out, God's name would be honoured and you would be a useful instrument in His hands.
Summary of part three: Unlike the world [2]
The world in the last days is a terrible one. Things will get worse as the people of this world become increasingly godless and coarse in their attitudes and interactions. With misplaced love, they would love themselves more than anything else, even God. They would love things more than people. They would love pleasure more than truth and righteousness. As a result, human souls and societies would reflect the growing rot within and their rebelliousness against God. The picture is not pleasant. It will not be easy for Christians to live and serve in such a world.


Paul painted a true and hideous picture of how things will be in the last days.
PHOTO: Paul painted a true and hideous picture of how things will be in the last days. The terrible times of the last days will be populated by the terrible people of that age, who will display the worst kinds of human behaviour and sinfulness.
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Response to Christ's ministry [2]
The response of the Christian is not to abandon this terrible world and have nothing to do with it. Certainly, the church must be different from this world; it must be salt and light. But it must resist the temptation of seeking this holiness away from the world, for that is not possible. The church must remember that while it is in the world, it is not of this world. We must neither get into a holy huddle (heap together in a disorderly manner) and isolate ourselves from the terrible world, nor foolishly and uncritically imbibe (acquire) the values and habits of this world. We should neither lose our witness nor lose our holiness. How can we ensure this?


The purpose is not for Timothy and all the disciples of Jesus who would read this epistle to respond by withdrawing from this awful world.
PHOTO: The purpose is not for Timothy and all the disciples of Jesus who would read this epistle to respond by withdrawing from this awful world. Rather, the challenge is to be involved in this world, by the grace of God, so that who we are and what we do would result in the redemption of many of these people trapped in sinful behaviour in a darkening world.
The proper Christian response to the sinful world of the last days is to mediate the presence of Christ through the manifestation of Christ's character and ministry.
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The response of the Christian is not to abandon this terrible world and have nothing to do with it.
PHOTO: The response of the Christian is not to abandon this terrible world and have nothing to do with it. [2] Certainly, the church must be different from this world; it must be salt and light. The church must remember that while it is in the world, it is not of this world. We should neither lose our witness nor lose our holiness.
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Ministry's message and manner in which it is carried out
We can do so by ensuring that we grow in Christlike character and by continuing the ministry of Christ in this sinful world. We cannot do this in our own strength but through the grace of God and the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit does his work of sanctification in us, producing the Christlike character in us and enabling enable us to do the ministry of Jesus faithfully. In the last days we must not change the message of the gospel to suit the sinful taste of the people; nor should we change the way we minister by adopting the salesmanship of the false teachers. Instead we must serve faithfully and with the character of Jesus. The manner in which we do ministry should be "with great patience and careful instruction" in order to exhibit a competence that makes the ministry effective and the congregation truly blessed.


We should neither lose our witness nor lose our holiness.
PHOTO: We should neither lose our witness nor lose our holiness. We can do so by ensuring that we grow in Christlike character and by continuing the ministry of Christ in this sinful world. We cannot do this in our own strength but through the grace of God and the power of the Spirit.  In the last days we must not change the message of the gospel to suit the sinful taste of the people; nor should we change the way we minister by adopting the salesmanship of the false teachers. Instead we must serve faithfully and with the character of Jesus.
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Central to all of this is the Word of God. We must, with all diligence, study and apply God's Word in our lives, accepting its authority and profound influence, no matter what modern false teachers might claim. We are also helped by our mentors, both living and dead, who continue to remind us to be faithful to Jesus and to always place our trust and hope in Him.


We must, with all dilligence, study and apply God's Word in our lives, accepting its authority and profound influence, no matter what modern false teachers might claim.
PHOTO: We must, with all diligence, study and apply God's Word in our lives, accepting its authority and profound influence, no matter what modern false teachers might claim.
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Motive for ministry
The great commission said make DISCIPLES (In Christianity, the Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples to spread his teachings to all the nations of the world - Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:44-53). -
Jody Sneed on 23 February 2015 at 7:37 am
To restore the lack of urgency in carrying out ministry today, we need to increase our love for Jesus and the love for the lost. Love lost people the way God love lost people. - weeewah on 8 January 2016 at 4:52 pm & Joe Pastor on 23 February 2015 at 8:49 am


The ministry to which Timothy has been called is not one that comes merely from society, or even the church, nor is it based on his own concerns for the world.
PHOTO: The ministry to which Timothy has been called is not one that comes merely from society, or even the church, nor is it based on his own concerns for the world. Rather, it is firmly based on the calling and mission of God, and the will and eternal purposes of God. It is so important for anyone serving Christ to know that whatever they are called to do arises from the will of God, and comes with His authority.
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Modes of ministry
Christian's modes of ministry refer to the methods of spreading the gospel (the Word) as in 2 Timothy 4:2, "preach the word". The ultimate goal is to do the Great Commission, to go into the world and make disciples for our Lord. God not only want us to be saved from our sins but also to be part of His family. To prepare us for that we need to be exposed to the three functions of the Word; "correct, rebuke and encourage". Whatever the mode employed, it must be able to "minister to the mind, will and heart by convincing, rebuking and encouraging in a balanced and holistic way" in order to succeed. This means that the modes of ministry  involves teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness as indicated in 2 Timothy 3:16.


God's Word Guides Us
PHOTO: God's Word Guides Us in the Modes of ministry
As Paul had earlier indicated in
2 Timothy 3:16, the Word is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
All Scripture (the Bible) is given by inspiration of God and is profitable (helpful or useful) for doctrine (teaching Christian truth), for reproof (rebuking, telling us when we are wrong), for correction (showing us how to correct our mistakes), and training in righteousness (teaching us how to obey God).
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Each of us should also ask some searching question. Who am I mentoring in the way Paul mentored Timothy? Who is encouraged and convinced by my example and way of life? Am I still faithfully ministering and serving Christ? If not me, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?


Each of us should also ask some searching question.
PHOTO: Each of us should also ask some searching question. Am I still faithfully ministering and serving Christ? If not me, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?
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Dear Lord, We pray that the manner in which we do ministry should be 'with great patience and careful instruction' in order to exhibit a competence that makes the ministry effective and the congregation truly blessed. Please help us to ensure that in our response and motive for ministry, its message and modes, and the manner in which it is carried out, Your name would be honoured and we would be a useful instrument in Your hands. Amen!

PHOTO: "Dear Lord, We pray that the manner in which we do ministry should be 'with great patience and careful instruction' in order to exhibit a competence that makes the ministry effective and the congregation truly blessed. Please help us to ensure that in our response and motive for ministry, its message and modes, and the manner in which it is carried out, Your name would be honoured and we would be a useful instrument in Your hands. Amen!"
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Reflection - Christian's manner of ministry
Question from the book "Faithful to the end" by Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012



Reference

[1] From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART THREE: UNLIKE THE WORLD, Chapter 10 "Christian Ministry in a Terrible World" (2 Timothy 4:1-5), Page 144-146.

[2] From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART THREE: UNLIKE THE WORLD, Chapter 10 "Christian Ministry in a Terrible World" (2 Timothy 4:1-5), Page 147.

[4]  Wesley, Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, 2 Timothy 4:3, 795.

[5] Adam Clarke, Commentary on the Bible, 2 Timothy 4:3, http://www.studylight.org/com/acc/view.cgi?bk=54&ch=4.

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