Man Camp Minute for Ministry

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What It Takes To Be God's Servant – Mark 3:20-35

 

Serve like Jesus! I’ve been talking about this theme for the past several weeks. Jesus served in a variety of ways: he taught and preached to people, healed broken people, selected twelve apostles and mentored them.

 

Once again, in Mark 3:20-30 we see Jesus serving people. Many years ago I learned a phrase that reflects Jesus’ service and instructs us how to serve others. It goes like this: God’s servants should have the heart of Jesus, the mind of Aristotle and the hide of a rhinoceros!

 

First, God’s servants need the heart of Jesus. In vs.20 we read that a crowd gathered in the house where Jesus stayed and their needs were so great that Jesus and his disciples “were not able to eat”. Jesus served in spite of the inconvenience! He served out of love. Do you serve the Lord and his people out of love, in spite of inconveniences? We need the heart of Jesus!

 

Second, God’s servants need the mind of Aristotle. Jesus had a keen intellect. He could debate well-educated teachers of the law. When the teachers accused him of being demon-possessed, Jesus confronted them with their own lack of common sense. Read vs.22-26. Like Jesus, we should confront irrational arguments which denigrate the Christian faith. Stand up for what you believe! Know why you believe and be able to defend it!

 

Finally, God’s servants need the hide of a rhinoceros! Jesus demonstrated his toughness by accusing the teachers of the law of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. See vs.28-30. The teachers of the law were equating the works of Jesus with the works of Satan, which was blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. In this encounter, Jesus demonstrated a tough, durable demeanor. He didn’t back down! We need to possess this same kind of toughness! You might be enduring a difficult time with a co-worker or a classmate who challenges your faith. Remember, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7).   So, serve with the heart of Jesus, the mind of Aristotle and the hide of a rhinoceros!



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Help Others Grow Spiritually – Mark 3:13-20

 

Jesus mentored his twelve disciples. The word, “mentor” means “a trusted counselor or guide”. Jesus counseled, he guided the efforts of his twelve disciples. He spent time with them, answered their questions, and encouraged their efforts to serve.

 

Jesus wants you, if you claim to be a Christian, to mentor a younger Christian or Christians. The younger Christian isn’t necessarily younger in age, but in Christian experience. Do you have someone or a group that you mentor?

 

In Luke’s version of this account, he reports that Jesus “went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom he also designated apostles”. (Luke 6:12-13)

 

In his prayer, Jesus apparently asked God the Father for direction in selecting the twelve apostles. Jesus knew how critically important it was to select the right men! Begin your mentoring relationship in prayer. Ask God for his direction and guidance!

 

Second, invite open and teachable people to be mentored. The men Jesus selected were not religious professionals or know-it-alls. They were ordinary men; fishermen, a tax collector and others who were of common birth and occupation. Open and teachable people listen carefully and ask lots of questions. They often take the initiative in discussing spiritual matters.

 

Finally, spend time with the person or people you are mentoring! The time you spend together should be consistent, not rushed and focused. Turn your phones off when you meet. Give the person you are mentoring your undivided attention!

 

God wants you and me to mentor younger Christians for the growth of His kingdom!



Minute for Ministry March 8th 2015

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Lesson From Jesus' Ministry – Mark 3:7-12

In Mark 3:7-12 we learn that Jesus built a popular and effective ministry. Mark uses the term, “crowd” or “crowding” three times in the six verses and “many” or “many people” twice. Jesus was a very popular leader!!

Jesus instructed his disciples to follow his lead! He commanded them and us to preach, teach, heal the sick, cast out demons, etc. Jesus wants you, as one of his followers, to build a popular and effective ministry!

Jesus managed to build a popular and effective ministry while contending with formidable opposition. Jesus didn’t let his opposition sidetrack him from his main ministry task: preaching and teaching about the kingdom of heaven. We too will encounter opposition in our ministries. But don’t let the opposition sidetrack or distract you! Keep preserving in whatever ministry God has called you to serve!

We must build our ministries on effectiveness. Strive to give God and the church your very best, always! You don’t need to be in the limelight to have an effective ministry. You could be involved in the prayer shawl ministry, serving on the Properties team, serving on one of our prayer chains or serving as a greeter on Sunday morning. What you do isn’t as important as how you do it! Give your ministry task your very best! Second, be prepared for contingencies. Every ministry should have a plan “B”. Communicate your plan B to your colleagues. Finally, build your ministry with good deeds. Note Jesus’ example. His primary ministry was speaking but he combined this ministry with healings, exorcisms, feeding the hungry, etc. Follow Jesus’ example! Look for practical ways to walk your talk!



HOW TO BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT OTHERS – MARK 3:1-6

 

Jesus taught a people-oriented view of Jewish Law. In Mark 2:27 Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” At one other  point in his ministry Jesus said that he had not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. Jesus fulfilled the Law in his person and work on the cross.

 

In Mark 3:1-6 Jesus healed a man’s shriveled hand. The grammar in the original text indicates that the hand was not shriveled due to a congenital problem but rather due to something such as disease or an accident. The man probably needed the use of his hand to work, to support his family! Jesus looked at this man with great compassion and demonstrated loving concern for him as he healed the man’s shriveled hand.

 

We should follow Jesus’ lead. We too should demonstrate loving concern for others!

We demonstrate loving concern for others by being aware of and ministering to people’s needs, being willing to confront sin when it presents itself and by realizing that godly work attracts opponents.

 

Demonstrating loving concern for others might involve something as simple as listening to a friend who needs someone to talk to. It might involve volunteering to give a care giver a break so that he or she can do some necessary shopping. It might involve mowing the grass for an elderly neighbor or mentoring a young Christian.

 

Is there someone in your life who has a need that you can address through some kind of demonstration of loving concern?



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God's Health Plan – Mark 2:18-28

God is concerned with our spiritual health as well as our physical health. In this passage from Mark, Jesus points us to the fact that our spiritual health is helped greatly by having less of the world and more of Him.

As our reading opens Jesus is again confronted by the Pharisees, who looking to get under his skin, ask why the disciples are not observing the religious discipline of fasting as both the Pharisees themselves and the disciples of John the Baptist were.

While Jesus does not throw out the practice of fasting, he states that how can they do this when they have the Son of God with them. If the purpose of fasting is to free up time to spend with and concentrate upon relationship with God, this did not have a place when Christ was physically with the disciples, but would have soon enough when He returned to heaven. For us we learn that fasting from food, drink, technology or anything that we spend too much time upon is done as a spiritual discipline only so we can feast on the word of God and our relationship with our heavenly father.

Jesus continues to point us in the direction of spiritual heath by showing how revolutionary following Him is. Christ’s teaching was not a continuation of Judaism but the fulfillment of it, which leads to newest of life and faith, only to be truly to be found in Him. When we are called into a relationship with God the Father, through God the Son and in God the Holy Spirit we are made new, the old has gone. We are called out of darkness into light. We need to see this newest in our lives daily and seek to follow Christ, as a response for what He has done for us.

Finally the conflict between the Pharisees and Jesus hits the real live issue of the day, Sabbath and what it was “lawful” to do on the day of rest. Jesus again points us to the fact that this day is important, but that it was made for us, not that we were made for it. We rest form our works so that we not only focus upon God, but that we fully realize it is His works that set us free and not any of our own.