Paul tells the Ephesians that the purpose of God's ministry is
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Chrsit: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Chirst: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine...but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" (Ephesians 4:12-15)
The ministry of the Lord is not limited to the "formal" ministry, i.e., pastors, evangelists, etc. Rather, it is the sum total of all the God-glorifying work of the Spirit as manifested in and through His Body, the Church. It is with this in mind that Peter exhorts us to "be subject one to another." (1 Peter 5:5)
In this spirit, below is a note sent to me recently by a fellow saint. I am sharing it with you as a ministry of the Spirit designed for your blessing and encouragement.
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