Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Everyone's Call to Gospel Ministry

I like what Spurgeon says in the opening paragraph of his chapter "The Call to the Ministry" in Lectures to My Students.

ANY Christian has a right to disseminate the gospel who has the ability to do so; and more, he not only has the right, but it is his duty so to do as long as he lives. (Revelation 22:17.) The propagation of the gospel is left, not to a few, but to all the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ: according to the measure of grace entrusted to him by the Holy Spirit, each man is bound to minister in his day and generation, both to the church and among unbelievers. Indeed, this question goes beyond men, and even includes the whole of the other sex; whether believers are male or female, they are all bound, when enabled by divine grace, to exert themselves to the utmost to extend the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Reminds me of Ephesians 4.

Ephesians 4:1, 7, 11-12
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called...But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift... And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ...

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