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My Main Ministry Focus

Luke 15:7

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgAs a pastor – I am often asked what my main focus is in ministry. Of course part of my answer usually includes The Great Commission – found in Matthew 28:16–20 – 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

So what is my main focus? Drawing people to Jesus of course – making disciples. This includes reaching the lost and raising up the saved. Several years ago I started using the following – my desire is to bring people into environments where they can encounter Christ, building them up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ, and sending them out to serve Christ – in the local church and outside the walls of the church. Simply put – we are called to bring – build and send!

I must confess that I put more energy into reaching the lost in my preaching – teaching – and witnessing. My main focus is the lost and new babes in Christ. I believe that an infant needs help preparing a meal but as a child matures – they ought to be able to feed themselves – most times. A person that hasn’t received Christ yet or has just received Christ needs more attention – IMHO – than a person who has been in Christ for a few years. This may not always be true – but – it should be! As a pastor – I know I have babes in Christ who have been in the church all their life – and some mature believers who have only been in Christ for a few years – but on average – new believers need more attention. What do you think?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 28, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , ,

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