by John Weston | October 17, 2018
by John Weston
Who of you have not taken Wind of the Spirit Ministries' Motivational Gifts Seminar? It begins Thursday evening, October 25th. Click here for more info and registration. This is a GREAT opportunity that most churches don't have in-house and which people fly, do a hotel, and spend a huge amount to get. You have it right here at home.
Did you ever have a household appliance that broke, and it was way beyond your capability to fix it, so you shell out the bucks, the repair guy comes, and in a short amount of time, he takes off a panel cover, replaces a fuse or a bearing or a circuit board, puts it back together, and you think to yourself, “I have no idea what he just did?” It's moments like that where it's great to have the professionals come in and do their thing. “They're good at it. It's what they do. Get out of the way and let them do their thing!”
But it's not like that in the Kingdom of God.
There's only one Pro whose way we need to get out of, and that's the Holy Spirit. He calls on each of us to step up and do things on his behalf, and when we do, whatever power is needed will be supplied to us. Remember Paul's reminder in Ephesians where he was writing about God's plan to unite Jew and Gentile in one church as a witness to the universe and all powers that occupy it that it all belongs to Jesus:
Ephesians 4:11-13 11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, 13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.
This list includes some of the offices of the church; positions that are key in the body of Christ functioning at its best. But it's easy to ignore verse 12 and focus on verse 11. “Yeah, those church leaders, especially the ordained ones? They know so much. And they have special training! Stay out of their way! Leave it to the pros!” Not so much. My job and all of the leaders' job in this church is to make sure all of us are being trained and equipped to do the practical and spiritual stuff of ministry. Some churches act like a football team that refuses to send anyone out on the field except the quarterback. All of us have a role, and all of us belong on the playing field. Bob & Tracy Martello and the WOSM team are prepared to give exceptionally practical and biblical training to help you figure out what your primary gifting and function is for the body of Christ. WOSM helps pastors like me get my team equipped and into shape so they will function at their best. Do you want to be sharp and effective? WOSM conferences happen right here @ SUMC a couple times every year. I will personally be taking this training as part of my continuing education. Join us!