Considering the Ministry When Looking at a Church
When looking at a church, there are a few important factors you must consider before deciding on a church. Among the factors are the people, the doctrine, the service times, programs and ministry. When it comes to the ministry, this can also be helpful to consider. For one thing, when getting involved in a ministry, you are doing more to make your faith real to people and sharing your testimony. One thing that you see in the bible is followers of Christ doing different things to serve the body and others outside of the body. This is one of the ways that people make their faith come to life.
One of the common occurrences in church are people who remain fans of Christ. This is when they say that they are followers of Christ, but don’t do much to express their faith. In some cases, they may put on their Christianity on Sundays, then when they go about their day, keep everything focused on the secular aspects of life. This can cause them to forget about Christ while they are going about their business. A lot of them are believers as well. They just haven’t managed to find a way to make their faith seem more real to them. This is one of the reasons that ministry can help them.
However, as important as the ministry is the focus. While people are involved in ministry, their focus might not be on the true Christ and the actual gospel. There are quite a few gospels that are going around including the Prosperity Gospel. There is also what is known as Gospel Poverty. The issue with both of these gospels is that the focus is in the wrong place. The true gospel is focused on Jesus Christ and what he has accomplished for his followers. You want to make sure that the ministry you are involved in is focused on Jesus Christ. The best church ministry keeps Christ as the center.
Another aspect of ministry is if it is something that is matched to your talents. One thing to remember is that God calls different people according to the talents he has given them. Your talents may not be what you think. However, when out in ministry, you should be seeking. Therefore, you may find yourself being put in and through situations where the only thing you can conclude is that it was the grace of God that got you through it. Also, a good ministry is focused more on giving than receiving.
A life of faith can be very fulfilling when based in truth. One of the best ways for you to figure out whether the church you are considering is in the truth is by studying the word and understanding it. As you become experienced with the bible, you will gain a better ability of detecting when there is a misuse of scripture. This can lead a lot of believers astray, especially if they are not reading the bible for themselves and studying with others.