The ministry of Evergreen was originally built upon ten scriptural pillars. We have tried to be faithful to them all.
The first six are (1) The preeminence of Christ, (2) The prominence of faith, (3) The precedence of the Word, (4) The power of prayer, (5) The priority of family and (6) The practice of generosity.
The next pillar is…
The Principle of Every Believer a Minister
We are a people who serve.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11-12 “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” He was basically informing us that one of the purposes of church leadership is to develop the body of Christ to serve.
Note in verse 12 that saints or believers are the ones who do the “work of service”. In other words, it not just the pastor that does hospital visits, but each and every member has the responsibility to visit and love those who are infirmed.
Jesus validated this when He spoke of impending judgment and how each person was going to be judged. He said, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:35-36.
Jesus then defined how this was to be done. He said, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40. Indeed, every believer is a minister. No one is allowed to sit back and be just a spectator.
Years ago, I visited our Vacation Bible Camp (VBC). At the conclusion of lunch, they announced that it was OTS time and proceeded to call out which groups were to do clean up duty. I discovered that OTS stood for Opportunity to Serve. The kids were being trained to serve one another.
Since that VBC visit, we have a lot of OTS for the entire church family. Our motto is “We aim to serve and not be served”. Sounds like something Jesus said (see Matthew 20:28).
Let me conclude with a question. How are serving the Lord?
Something to think about…