I liked the way this second chapter was really encouraging about informal “all member ministry”, the ministry which happens on a daily basis as our people meet each other and share their lives. So, as we dig deeper into God’s word, on Sundays and in small groups, and commit what we learn to memory, then “Embedded in the larger story of redemption is a principle we must not miss: God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in the lives of others.” [p18] as “God transforms people’s lives as people bring his Word to others.” [p19]
Transformation comes by being able to speak the word of God meaningfully into real life situations. To help us do that, I’ve wondered about introducing memory verses on the notice sheet. We have some simple verses we have memorised with the kidswhich we can call on in various situations.
I loved the following paragraph as it seemed to describe many Holy Trinity people. We want to be all these things:
In personal ministry, I want to bring more than a heart of compassion, a willingness to listen, and a commitment to help bear someone’s burden. Though these are the sweet fruit of Christian love, I want to offer more. I want to bring the heart-changing truths of Scripture to people in the midst of their situations and relationships. Personal ministry is about people loving people, but in a way that includes bringing them God’s word. [p21]
For our people to be able to speak God’s word to one another in a helpful and healing, upbuilding way, we need to aid each other to do it well. This comes through knowledge of God in the scriptures and a knowledge of our needs and the needs of our brothers and sisters:
If it is true that there is more informal ministry going on on a given week than formal ministry, surely we should evaluate the quality of our counsel in those informal moments. [p21-22]
Scripture is not an encyclopaedia designed by God to help us live better self-centred lives. Scripture is saturated with the story of Jesus, the redeemer, who came to rescue people enslaved to self and free us to live for him. We need to know how to live for his glory. [p28]
This last quote sounds a bit like the first paragraph of our mission statement. How do we get there? We’ll need to read on.
God richly bless us