On New Testament Ministry

23: Daily Inspirational Bible Verse
23: Daily Inspirational Bible Verse (Photo credit: [Share the Word])
Professor Black posted this up on his blog this week.

Looks like he has made an addition or two, but nonetheless, I really like these convictions.

Someday, I’ll add a few of my own…

  • I am convinced that the house church rather than the sanctuary church was the New Testament norm.

  • I am convinced of the normalcy of tent-making leadership.

  • I am convinced that the church exists in part to equip all of its members for ministry.

  • I am convinced that the leadership of the church should be shared for the health of the congregation.

  • I am convinced that top-down structures of leadership are unquestionably more efficient. Efficient in doing almost everything other than equipping, which is the primary task of leadership.

  • I am convinced that the process of appointing new elders is best done on the basis of recognizing who is already serving as an elder in the church.

  • I am convinced that any local church that takes seriously Jesus as the Senior Pastor will not permit one man to become the titular head of the church.

  • I am convinced that the essential qualifications for ministry in the church have little or nothing to do with formal education and everything to do with spiritual maturity.

  • I am convinced that the church is a multi-generational family, and hence one of the things that makes the church the church is the presence of children, parents, and other adults.

  • I am convinced that because every local church has all the spiritual gifts it needs to be complete in Christ, believers should be exposed to the full expression of the charisms (grace-gifts) when they gather, in contrast to specialized ministries that center around singularly gifted people.

  • I am convinced that the local church is the scriptural locus for growing to maturity in Christ, and that no other training agency is absolutely needed.

  • I am convinced that the local church ought to be the best Bible school going.

  • I am convinced that Paul’s letters were not intended to be studied by ordinands (a candidate for ordination) in a theological college but were intended to be read and studied in the midst of the noisy life of the church.

  • I am convinced that the church is a theocracy directly under its Head (Jesus Christ), and that the will of the Head is not mediated through various levels of church government but comes directly to all His subjects.

  • I am convinced that the goal of leadership is not to make people dependent upon its leaders but dependent upon the Head.

  • I am convinced that since all believers are “joints” in the body, ministry is every believer’s task.

  • I am convinced that pastor-teachers, as precious gifts of Christ to His church, are to tend the flock of God by both personal care and biblical instruction, equipping God’s people for works of service both in the church and in the world.

  • I am convinced that the role of pastor-teacher is a settled ministry in a local congregation.

  • I am convinced that leaders should communicate that every part of the body is interrelated to the other parts and indispensable; every member will be appreciated, every charism will be treasured.

  • I am convinced that the whole church, the community of all the saints together, is the clergy appointed by God for ministry.

  • I am convinced that everyone needs to be equipped for his or her own ministry both in the church and in the world. If the church is to become what God intended it to be, it must become a ministerium of all who have placed their faith in Christ. The whole people of God must be transformed into a ministering people. Nothing short of this will restore the church to its proper role in the kingdom of God.


Early Church Studies Quote of the Week – On Fellowship

This week’s quote comes from an old friend that has been a “virtual mentor” to me over the years – Wayne Jacobsen:

Anyone who talks about fellowship as an obligation, doesn’t really understand what fellowship is all about.

You can read more of his commentary on this over on the Lifestream blog.

Is church supposed to be a “service” that one attends, maybe even dreads?

It goes something like this,

“I have to go to church Sunday morning, then we can make plans to get together…”


“I have to be the Greeter today, so…”

Fellowship is not designed to be an obligation, but in many ways it has become one.

Things That Make You Go, Hmmm – Romans 1:11-12

OK, so Paul is introducing himself to the church in Rome and he needs to gain their trust and respect.

How does he do it?

He writes:

“For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord.  When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”

So, bringing a gift, that should help.  But more importantly a spiritual gift, something expressly given him by God to give away to the churches for their spiritual gain.

Then, he further expresses what will happen when they meet.  Encouragement between them – Paul to the church in Roma Rome (tip of the hat to my ancestors!) and the church in Rome to Paul.

Now, how does that happen?  What does it look like?

Paul knew that Christian ministry flows two directions.  The church, after all, is a body.  All the parts serve, nourish and enhance one another.

He shares and encourages others and the church shares and encourages him.

The “One Anothers” Of The New Testament – Part 1 of 2

In a previous post, the “one anothers” of the New Testament were mentioned by Bill Mounce, so I thought it would be a good idea to post them up!  Part 2 will be my commentary.  As usual, feel free to post your thoughts!

One Another


. . . be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)

. . . wash one another’s feet (John 13:14)


. . . love one another (John 13:34)

. . . love one another (John 13:35)

. . . love one another (John 15:12)

. . . love one another (John 15:17)


. . . you are members of one another (Rom. 12:5)

. . . be devoted to one another in love (Rom. 12:10)

. . . honor one another above yourselves (Rom 12:10)

. . . live in harmony with one another (Rom. 12:16)


. . . love one another (Rom. 13:8)


. . . stop passing judgment on one another (Rom. 14:13)

. . . edify one another (Rom. 14:19)

. . . be like minded one toward another (Rom. 15:5)

. . . admonish one another (Rom. 15:14)

. . . greet one another with a holy kiss (Rom. 16:16)

. . . wait for one another (1Cor. 11:33)

. . . have the same care for one another (1Cor. 12:25)

. . . greet one another with a holy kiss (1Cor. 16:20)

. . . greet one another with a holy kiss (2Cor. 13:12)

. . . serve one another in love (Gal. 5:13)

. . . bear with one another in love (Eph. 4:2)

. . . speak truth for we are members of one another (Eph. 4:25)

. . . be kind and compassionate to one another (Eph. 4:32)

. . . submit to one another (Eph. 5:21)

. . . do not lie to one another (Col. 3:9)

. . . bear with one another (Col. 3:13)

. . . forgive one another (Col. 3:13)


. . . abound in love toward one another (1Th. 3:12)

. . . love one another (1Th. 4:9)


. . . comfort one another (1Th. 4:18)

. . . incite one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24)

. . . encourage one another (Heb. 10:25)

. . . do not speak evil of one another (Jas. 4:11)

. . . do not make complaints against one another (Jas. 5:9)

. . . confess your sins to one another (Jas. 5:16)

. . . pray for one another (Jas. 5:16)


. . . love one another deeply, from the heart (1Pet. 1:22)


. . . offer hospitality to one another (1Pet. 4:9)

. . . clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (1Pet. 5:5)

. . . greet one another with a kiss of love (1Pet. 5:14)

. . . have fellowship with one another (1Jn. 1:7)


. . . love one another (1Jn. 3:11)

. . . love one another (1Jn. 3:23)

. . . love one another (1Jn. 4:7)

. . . love one another (1Jn. 4:11)

. . . love one another (1Jn. 4:12)

. . . love one another (2Jn. 5)