Now What? – 3. What is your ministry?

May 19, 2019

Jim Lambert | May 19, 2019
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is that we are a pit stop church. I know this term is becoming familiar to many of you, but for those of you who have never heard it before please allow me to explain it. About a month into New Day starting, God challenged Pastor Justin to do church differently. The idea that he gave Pastor Justin was to be a pit stop. Now of course we want to be a place that people feel welcome, that people know their loved, a place where we meet people right where there at, but we also want to build God’s Kingdom – not Jim & Justin’s Kingdom. We believe there a call on each one of your lives and it’s the job of the leadership team here to change your tires, tune you up, charge your battery and get you into the race of expanding God’s Kingdom with the confidence that comes from you knowing who you are as a son or a daughter of God.

Ephesians 4:11And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. 12 And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ.

For 14 months we’ve been focusing on the Gospel: who God is to us and who we are to Him. We have learned about the New Man and how we are God’s Beloved. We studied Ephesians and discovered:

We’ve been chosen before the foundation of the world
We’ve been adopted by the Father as His sons and daughters
We’ve been accepted in the beloved
We’ve been redeemed by His blood
We’ve been forgiven
And we’ve received the same Holy Spirit in us that raised Jesus from the dead to live inside of us. And Holy Spirit brings along with Him all his Wisdom, all His revelation, and all His Power.

So I’ve Got a Question: Now What? What am I supposed to do with this love, what do you want me to do God, what’s my ministry?

I have three goals today:
1. Affirm you that each one of you has a call to ministry
2. Inspire you to begin
3. Give you some practical ways to start

But before I do I want to remind you that as we step out and begin to reach people we don’t let go of God’s love and approval of us. God isn’t looking at us saying ok you’ve received my love now, it’s time to move on, go minister to people. Receiving God’s love and giving God’s love are not mutually exclusive. The more I receive God’s love the more courageous I become. This can be a hard one for me to grasp because I’m a performer type so I want to share with you what I’m doing right now to grow in this area.

I’m at Ranch Frosty and the idea pops into my head to go share with a couple sitting on a bench. Unfortunately, I chickened out this time. In times past, I would have looked down on myself and compared myself to others who I think are really bold for Christ. See any time we do something with the motive to prove ourselves to God we are destined for failure because we are going to fall short.

Romans 5:1-2 (TPT) Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes.[a] This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace[b] with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. 2 Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness[c] that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!

My recent confession to God has been Father, I thank you that I am completely just in your sight and I receive having been freely delivered from all fear. I’m not trying to get free. I am free because I have received perfect love and perfect love cast out all fear.

II Corinthians 5:13-14 (TPT) For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us,[j] because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, 15 so that those who live[k] should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.

I know I’ve shared this before, When I was a kid my Dad used to listen to a guy named Don Franciso. He was a folk singer that would take a Bible story and make it into a song. One of the songs I really liked was about a man named Jairus in Mark chapter 5.

• Jairus was a ruler of the Jewish synagogue whose daughter was very sick.
• Upon hearing the miracles that Jesus had done, he went looking for Jesus and when he found him, he bowed down at his feet weeping, saying my daughter is sick to the point of death, but if you will come lay your hands on her I know that she will live.
• Jesus decided to go with him and on the way to Jairus’ house, they were interrupted.
• A woman who had a bleeding issue for 12 years, presses through the crowd, and grabs onto the hem of Jesus garment and the moment she does Jesus fells power go out from Him and the lady was healed.
• At the moment this miracle is taking place a group from jairus house comes to tell him, its to late your daughter is dead.
• Imagine if you were Jairus, you are trying to get back to your house as fast as you can so Jesus can save your daughter and Jesus is asking people who touched me.
• The story concludes with Jesus going to Jairus house and raising the little girl from the dead. But Jesus tells Jairus don’t tell anybody.
• The song’s title is called Gotta tell somebody

When you know someone, it is not difficult to talk about them….Amy…

One of the greatest ways to witness starts with a simple statement: Do you know what happened?

Each one of us has been given a ministry…

2 Corinthians 5: 17-18 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [d]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
• If you are in Christ you have been given a ministry of reconciliation.
• The only qualification required is that you be in Christ.
• The Apostle Paul within 1 hour (immediately) of being saved was preaching the Gospel to the lost telling people what happened to him.

Your ministry is right in front of you…

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

• When we talk about ministry we often think of going somewhere..
• Families, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, gas station attendants, it’s the bank teller….
• People are not a religious project….
• There’s no pressure on you…you are partnering with God. He’s the one that draws people to Himself. You’re just a pipe that he uses.
• Chad Story
• Neighbors
• Soup
• Easter Lilies

I Cor. 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of [b]human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

My kids often ask me, Dad what’s your favorite book in the Bible and I always tell them Acts. The Acts of the Disciples tells the stories of how everyday people partnered with God to change the world around them.

Acts: 9: Tabitha
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

Acts 6: We learn about a waiter named Steven

Acts 6:2-3 (NKJV) Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

Acts 6:8 (TPT) Stephen, who was a man full of grace and supernatural power, performed many astonishing signs and wonders and mighty miracles among the people

Acts 9: Ananias:

Acts 9:10-18 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”
And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
What do we know about Ananias…
• Was he a great preacher?
• Was he an elder or a church leader?
• None of that is recorded in scripture..
• All we know is that he was a devout, respected disciple of the Lord and God used Him to heal a future apostles blindness.

Robbie Dawkins and Rose Dawkins story

Some of you may have heard of Robbie Dawkins. He travels a lot now as itinerate minister, but he started a church in Aurora Illinois. Now Aurora has had a long history of violence and Robbie was involved in mediating several encounters between different gangs while he was a Pastor in Aurora and chaplain of the Aurora police department. But Robbie and his team had a motto: The motto was for every life the devil took in Aurora, Robbie and his team would go win three souls for Christ in that very place. In 2012, while Robbie was pastoring, it was reported for the first time since 1946 the city of Aurora had zero homicides. Currently, Robbie is boldly preaching the Gospel on the streets of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Some years ago there was a small church in the country and there was a farmer named Milo whose family attended there. And the church was raising money to meet a need. The pastor took an offering and when the money was all counted during the service, the congregation was short on being able to meet the need. The Pastor came back and thanked people for their giving but explained he really felt they needed to take care of the need that night. Initially, there wasn’t much of a response. Then a little girl named Rose got up from her seat, asked the Pastor for the microphone. The pastor recognizing Rose was Milo the farmer’s daughter gave her the microphone. Upon receiving the microphone, she stepped into the offering box and said these words. God, I don’t have any money to give but I give you myself. I will go wherever you want me to go and I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I’ll even go where no one else wants to. This little grew up got married, became a missionary to Japan, and had a son named Robbie Dawkins.

Some of you are new believers, some of you are young, and I know you may think I don’t know enough to minister to people, I don’t know what to say. But there is a Grace upon your life. The greatest minister in the world lives on the inside of you, His name is Holy Spirit. God is looking for a yes, he’s asking will you partner with me.

is that we are a pit stop church. I know this term is becoming familiar to many of you, but for those of you who have never heard it before please allow me to explain it. About a month into New Day starting, God challenged Pastor Justin to do church differently. The idea that he gave Pastor Justin was to be a pit stop. Now of course we want to be a place that people feel welcome, that people know their loved, a place where we meet people right where there at, but we also want to build God’s Kingdom – not Jim & Justin’s Kingdom. We believe there a call on each one of your lives and it’s the job of the leadership team here to change your tires, tune you up, charge your battery and get you into the race of expanding God’s Kingdom with the confidence that comes from you knowing who you are as a son or a daughter of God.

Ephesians 4:11And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. 12 And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ.

For 14 months we’ve been focusing on the Gospel: who God is to us and who we are to Him. We have learned about the New Man and how we are God’s Beloved. We studied Ephesians and discovered:

We’ve been chosen before the foundation of the world
We’ve been adopted by the Father as His sons and daughters
We’ve been accepted in the beloved
We’ve been redeemed by His blood
We’ve been forgiven
And we’ve received the same Holy Spirit in us that raised Jesus from the dead to live inside of us. And Holy Spirit brings along with Him all his Wisdom, all His revelation, and all His Power.

So I’ve Got a Question: Now What? What am I supposed to do with this love, what do you want me to do God, what’s my ministry?

I have three goals today:
1. Affirm you that each one of you has a call to ministry
2. Inspire you to begin
3. Give you some practical ways to start

But before I do I want to remind you that as we step out and begin to reach people we don’t let go of God’s love and approval of us. God isn’t looking at us saying ok you’ve received my love now, it’s time to move on, go minister to people. Receiving God’s love and giving God’s love are not mutually exclusive. The more I receive God’s love the more courageous I become. This can be a hard one for me to grasp because I’m a performer type so I want to share with you what I’m doing right now to grow in this area.

I’m at Ranch Frosty and the idea pops into my head to go share with a couple sitting on a bench. Unfortunately, I chickened out this time. In times past, I would have looked down on myself and compared myself to others who I think are really bold for Christ. See any time we do something with the motive to prove ourselves to God we are destined for failure because we are going to fall short.

Romans 5:1-2 (TPT) Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes.[a] This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace[b] with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. 2 Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness[c] that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!

My recent confession to God has been Father, I thank you that I am completely just in your sight and I receive having been freely delivered from all fear. I’m not trying to get free. I am free because I have received perfect love and perfect love cast out all fear.

II Corinthians 5:13-14 (TPT) For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us,[j] because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, 15 so that those who live[k] should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.

I know I’ve shared this before, When I was a kid my Dad used to listen to a guy named Don Franciso. He was a folk singer that would take a Bible story and make it into a song. One of the songs I really liked was about a man named Jairus in Mark chapter 5.

• Jairus was a ruler of the Jewish synagogue whose daughter was very sick.
• Upon hearing the miracles that Jesus had done, he went looking for Jesus and when he found him, he bowed down at his feet weeping, saying my daughter is sick to the point of death, but if you will come lay your hands on her I know that she will live.
• Jesus decided to go with him and on the way to Jairus’ house, they were interrupted.
• A woman who had a bleeding issue for 12 years, presses through the crowd, and grabs onto the hem of Jesus garment and the moment she does Jesus fells power go out from Him and the lady was healed.
• At the moment this miracle is taking place a group from jairus house comes to tell him, its to late your daughter is dead.
• Imagine if you were Jairus, you are trying to get back to your house as fast as you can so Jesus can save your daughter and Jesus is asking people who touched me.
• The story concludes with Jesus going to Jairus house and raising the little girl from the dead. But Jesus tells Jairus don’t tell anybody.
• The song’s title is called Gotta tell somebody

When you know someone, it is not difficult to talk about them….Amy…

One of the greatest ways to witness starts with a simple statement: Do you know what happened?

Each one of us has been given a ministry…

2 Corinthians 5: 17-18 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [d]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
• If you are in Christ you have been given a ministry of reconciliation.
• The only qualification required is that you be in Christ.
• The Apostle Paul within 1 hour (immediately) of being saved was preaching the Gospel to the lost telling people what happened to him.

Your ministry is right in front of you…

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

• When we talk about ministry we often think of going somewhere..
• Families, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, gas station attendants, it’s the bank teller….
• People are not a religious project….
• There’s no pressure on you…you are partnering with God. He’s the one that draws people to Himself. You’re just a pipe that he uses.
• Chad Story
• Neighbors
• Soup
• Easter Lilies

I Cor. 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of [b]human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

My kids often ask me, Dad what’s your favorite book in the Bible and I always tell them Acts. The Acts of the Disciples tells the stories of how everyday people partnered with God to change the world around them.

Acts: 9: Tabitha
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

Acts 6: We learn about a waiter named Steven

Acts 6:2-3 (NKJV) Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

Acts 6:8 (TPT) Stephen, who was a man full of grace and supernatural power, performed many astonishing signs and wonders and mighty miracles among the people

Acts 9: Ananias:

Acts 9:10-18 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”
And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
What do we know about Ananias…
• Was he a great preacher?
• Was he an elder or a church leader?
• None of that is recorded in scripture..
• All we know is that he was a devout, respected disciple of the Lord and God used Him to heal a future apostles blindness.

Robbie Dawkins and Rose Dawkins story

Some of you may have heard of Robbie Dawkins. He travels a lot now as itinerate minister, but he started a church in Aurora Illinois. Now Aurora has had a long history of violence and Robbie was involved in mediating several encounters between different gangs while he was a Pastor in Aurora and chaplain of the Aurora police department. But Robbie and his team had a motto: The motto was for every life the devil took in Aurora, Robbie and his team would go win three souls for Christ in that very place. In 2012, while Robbie was pastoring, it was reported for the first time since 1946 the city of Aurora had zero homicides. Currently, Robbie is boldly preaching the Gospel on the streets of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Some years ago there was a small church in the country and there was a farmer named Milo whose family attended there. And the church was raising money to meet a need. The pastor took an offering and when the money was all counted during the service, the congregation was short on being able to meet the need. The Pastor came back and thanked people for their giving but explained he really felt they needed to take care of the need that night. Initially, there wasn’t much of a response. Then a little girl named Rose got up from her seat, asked the Pastor for the microphone. The pastor recognizing Rose was Milo the farmer’s daughter gave her the microphone. Upon receiving the microphone, she stepped into the offering box and said these words. God, I don’t have any money to give but I give you myself. I will go wherever you want me to go and I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I’ll even go where no one else wants to. This little grew up got married, became a missionary to Japan, and had a son named Robbie Dawkins.

Some of you are new believers, some of you are young, and I know you may think I don’t know enough to minister to people, I don’t know what to say. But there is a Grace upon your life. The greatest minister in the world lives on the inside of you, His name is Holy Spirit. God is looking for a yes, he’s asking will you partner with me.

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