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Don Stewart :: What Is the Gift of Ministering?

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Don Stewart

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The idea behind ministering is to serve. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he referred to this as the gift of helps.

And God has appointed these in the church . . . gifts of . . . helps (1 Corinthians 12:28).

The gift of ministering is given to people to help the church in a supporting role. The New Testament provides examples of the gift of ministering:

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" (Acts 6:2).

Because there were those to help serve in supporting roles, the Twelve were able to
concentrate on the work of the ministry.

And the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem (Acts 6:7).

The Bible speaks of others who ministered to the disciples.

So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus (Acts 19:22).

And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, they also had John as their assistant (Acts 13:5).

Onesimus ministered to the Apostle Paul:

I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, . . . who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me (Philemon 10,11).

This appears to be another gift that all believers have been given. We all are commanded to serve God, and none who exercise this gift should be regarded as having a lesser ministry. The Apostle Paul reminded us how believers need each other.

And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body . . . those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary (1 Corinthians 12:19-22).

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