Connections

“Jesus, the ultimate minister.”

GetConnectedA great way to get to know other believers is to “visit” or become a part of the groups at Graceway. We call it “Getting Connected.”  Our groups, our programs, our classes and even our worship  are all designed to minister.

So what is ministry? The word “Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the Bible, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in God’s name. When Jesus came he said —He came, not to receive service, but to give it ( Matthew 20:28 [show] even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (ESV)
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; Mark 10:45 [show] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (ESV)
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; John 13:1-17 [show] Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "Not all of you are clean." When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (ESV)
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).

We believe we  should minister by meeting people’s needs with love and humility as Jesus would ( Matthew 20:26 [show] It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, (ESV)
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; Mark 10:43 [show] But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, (ESV)
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; John 2:5 [show] His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." (ESV)
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; John 2:9 [show] When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom (ESV)
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; Acts 6:3 [show] Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. (ESV)
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; Romans 1:1 [show] Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (ESV)
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; Galatians 1:10 [show] For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (ESV)
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; Colossians 4:12 [show] Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. (ESV)
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). We see Jesus as the ultimate minister. Though He lived in the heavens with the Father He left it all behind just so He could bring salvation to man. Ultimately He gave up everything so that our needs might be met.

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Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? - John 11:25-26 ESV

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