June 5, 2019, 2019 –
There were no spectators in the early church. There were only participants. The church that wants to grow must stress spectatorship is not a choice. According to the Bible, not everyone is called to be a pastor, but everyone is called to serve God. Get Everyone Involved.
“Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 HCSB)
“And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. From Him, the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.” (Ephesians 4:11-16, HCSB)
It sometimes seems to me too many church members say, “Let someone else do it.” When “someone” is assigned the job, that job is never done, and the buck-passer loses a God opportunity.