The church, which is the body of Christ, should have a strong emphasis on outreach and support, beginning with its community and extending to other parts of the world. To meet this important work, the local church should be in the forefront to support the outreach. If the church lacks this emphasis on support and outreach, it will not grow and the great commission will not be achieved.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)
The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are there to equip the saints to do the work of ministry. We are one in Christ and gifted differently. This should not destroy our unity but lead us to support one another. God has given us a big responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission. This is not a one man’s show but all of us using our special gifts.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)For the mission to be accomplished, the Holy Spirit gave the power to the disciples so that they can be courageous, confident, and insightful with special abilities and authority. In addition, all believers have the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work of ministry.
The Kingdom of God spreads and grows through believer’s concern and eagerness to help or support others. Pray that God will show you how you can join others and support the work of God by giving to others. Blessings as you support the work of God.
This is the second in the “Increase Support of and Outreach from Local Churches.” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is submitted by Pastor Alick Kalonga, Executive Director of CEMFIN, our Zambian partner.