Lesson 4 - MINISTRY: UP, IN, OUT

You are called to faithfully minister (fervently love God) even when others do not. Ben shares about how and why you are called to stand and ministry before God. This teaching will empowering you to succeed. 

MINISTER (def) – to serve, to wait on, to take care of, to contribute to, to attend to, to worship

Why Minister to God? God is surrounded with angels that minister to Him (Rev. 4-5); He called Israel to Minister to Him (Ex. 29:38-46); David ministered to Him (Ps. 27:4); Jesus highlighted those that ministered to His immediate needs (Mk. 14:3-9); Jesus asked the disciples to minister to Him by tarrying with Him for an hour (Matt. 26:40); He is calling us to minister to Him today (1 Peter 2:5; Rev. 1:6).

Ministry to God in Heaven: begins and ends with God. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit share their Glory (John 17) and then it touches the 4 living creatures, 24 elders, and myriads of angels. They witness His glory and holiness, and then they minister it back to Him (bowing down and singing), (Rev. 4-5).

Faithfully STAND: You are called to faithfully minister (fervently love God) even when others do not. “But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me…(Ezekiel 44:15). Today, you can “stand before” God by keeping your heart alive (refreshed through the Word of God and revived by the Holy Spirit) as you exalt, bless, praise, and fervently STAND: sing and pray (consider this day and night in your city).

MINISTRY TO GOD: PRAYING UP, IN, OUT

Pray UP: minister UP to God (1st commandment love God) by serving God with prayer, words, songs, actions, etc. God loves you and you love God back.

Pray IN: minister IN your heart (2nd commandment love yourself) by speaking the truth about God (who He is and what HE thinks and feels) into your heart.

Pray OUT: Minister OUT to others (2nd commandment love people) by serving people through holy love with prayer, words, actions, etc. God loves you; you love God; love yourself; then love others.

EXAMPLES OF MINISTRY TO GOD

Moses’ Tabernacle – the priest ministered UP to God (Ex. 29:38-46) with sacrifices and offerings, while they ministered IN through sacrifices and offerings for themselves (Heb. 7:27), and ministered OUT, standing between God and man; interceding for the people. Today, you pray: UP, IN, OUT.

David – built the Tabernacle of David where the priest ministered UP to God through song (1 Chron. 16) and at the same time he kept the temple sacrifices and offerings going (1 Chr. 16:39-40). He ministered IN by speaking the truth about God into his heart (Ps. 15:2) and writing the Psalms. He ministered OUT by creating and serving Israel as a warrior king and judge.

Simeon and Anna – Simeon was a priest ministering UP to God and looking for the Messiah (Lu. 2:25-35); Anna, ministered UP to God through prayer and fasting, looking for Jesus (Lu. 2:36-38).

JESUS’ NEED - Mary of Bethany ministered to “Jesus’ need” by pouring out her love by perfume (Mk. 14:3-9); Angels ministered to “Jesus’ need” (Matt. 4:11), John ministered by leaning upon His chest (John 13:23); Jesus asked the disciples to minister to “His needs” for an hour, but they slept (Mk. 14:32-42).

New Testament Priests - Every individual Christian is a priest before God; priests to the extent that we minister UP—meditation, worship, intercession (1 Peter 2:5; Rev. 1:6). You minister IN—engaging with the Word of God, keeping your heart pure, growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit; You minister OUT—loving people and serving them through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

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