“Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. . . He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.” John 19:38-39 NIV
What comes to mind when you think of the word, “ministry?”
Work performed by vocational ministers?
The taxing busyness of programs and activities of the church?
If so, we need to change that thinking.
Ministry takes place whenever any follower of Christ engages in any task or activity that exalts Christ and builds up the body of Christ. Ministry is deeply rewarding.
This Sunday, November 22, we will visit an old friend. Nicodemus first appears in Scripture in John 3. He clearly made the journey from curious spectator to fully-devoted follower of Jesus, evidenced in two subsequent chapters in John’s Gospel. In John 19 Nicodemus engages in ministry to Jesus and his church at the risk of great personal loss.
Engagement in personal ministry is a strong indicator that an individual has transitioned from “fan” to “follower.” It is God’s intention that we all engage in personal ministry. It is also his intention that we all equipped for ministry within the context of the church. That will be our focus this Sunday.