Prayer Week | 6-11 July
This Prayer email is the fourth of five during our GBC prayer week with Bible reflections and points for prayer. They have been written for us by Paul Hamilton.
Each day we will think about one aspect of the Fivefold Ministry. This term refers to the roles of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher found in the book of Ephesians. It's the Biblical blueprint we are given to equip people and grow the Kingdom.
Please read the verses below, and prayerfully consider what this means
• for you individually,
• for the life and ministry of GBC, and
• for our witness in the local community.
Ephesians 4 v 11-13 (NIV) says, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Pastors are Soul Healers in the Kingdom of God. They are instrumental in guiding people through brokenness back to wholeness and healing their soul from wounds that keep them where they are. They create a safe atmosphere of family and belonging. They bring fun and enjoyment to God's ministry and allow people to feel like they are part of a greater family.
Peter Nodding writes..”One of the key qualities of a leader is Humility. The leader must rejoice in other people’s ministry. He is aware that he can ‘do well’ in the ways God has equipped him, but there is as much joy and satisfaction in watching and encouraging others to do well.”
Pastors are those who carry on Jesus’ pastoral ministry in ‘shepherding’ the flock. They are excellent listeners, and have a soft and tender heart for those who are hurting.
How can you become more sensitive to other people’s pain when they are hurting, and go out of your way to care for them?
I’m very good at taking care of number one, it's like I’m programmed that way. I’m constantly fighting my default setting. But God is at work in me; I now know the thrill of seeing when broken lives around me are restored. I love it even more when God uses me in some way in His restoration business - helping people back to wholeness and healing their souls from wounds that keep them where they are.
Reflections for prayer
Help me to listen.
Help me to be humble and gentle, patient, and bearing with one another in love.
Help us all to be repairers of broken walls, and restorers of streets with dwellings (Isaiah 58 v12).
Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus, to reach out and touch Him, and say that I love Him.