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DOING MINISTRY LIKE JESUS (GIVE THE WORD FIRST PLACE)

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INT.
ARTICLE BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH
MINISTRY MONDAY
We are still looking at how we can do ministry like our Lord
Jesus Christ. Jesus is the pattern for everything. That is why He is referred
to as the firstborn of creation. In all that God created, He wanted to see the
Son. Today I want us to examine the attitude of Jesus towards the Word of God.

I)                  
He was a Word addict: Even though He was the Word, yet He
gave utmost respect and attention to the written word. Jesus was somebody who
studied the word. In fact, from childhood He was a lover of the Word. When Satan
came to tempt Him, He made reference to the Word. If we will make impact as ministers,
then we must do what Jesus did. We must give the Word first place in our
personal lives.
II)               
He gave preaching and teaching first place: Jesus performed
many signs and wonders but He gave priority to the preaching and teaching of
the Word.

Matthew 4:23
“And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the
people.”

Look at the order presented here; preaching,
teaching, healing. Jesus made sure He taught the people. He knew that the
miracles, signs and wonders are only a by-product of the Word.
Today you would see people who try to
build their ministries around a gift. That is not a good enough foundation. The
teaching and preaching of the Word should be given first place. God’s order in
the Bible is Word first, then signs confirm.

Luke 5:15
“But so much the more went there a
fame (o. logos) abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and
to be healed by him of their infirmities.”

Notice the order. They came to hear
first and then to be healed.
As a minister of God always know that
your primary assignment is the preaching of the Word. People who cannot teach
or preach the undiluted, balanced word to their followers don’t qualify to be
leaders. They may be gifted, they may have a charismatic personality, they may
be accurate in their prophecies, but if they cannot teach, they are not yet
qualified to lead. What prepares a person for ministry or leadership is not
their gifts it is first of how the Word has shaped them and then how they can
also communicate the Word with spiritual precision and maturity.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:” “That the man of God
may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

The scriptures is what can build us and
prepare us for every good work.

2 Timothy 2:24
“And the servant of the Lord must
not strive; but be gentle unto all men, able to teach, patient,”

This is one qualification for a
minister or leader in the Church. People who cannot accurately handle the Word
of truth don’t qualify to lead. They must follow and be taught and nurtured
till they developed roots in the Word.
That is why Peter and the Apostles
decided not to allow anything to distract them from their core function which
is the preaching of the Word.

Acts 6:2
“Then the twelve called the
multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should
leave the word (o. logos) of God, and serve tables.”

I heard somebody saying on TV that
people should not bother him with teaching of the Word because he is a prophet
and all he has been called to do is ‘spiritual work'(whatever that means.).
This is an erroneous impression that has been created by people who don’t
measure up to the qualifications of leadership in the Church.
No matter your office the first quality
we must see in you is that you are living the word and preaching or teaching it

Acts 15:32
“And Judas and Silas, being
prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, (o. logos) and
confirmed them.”

I believe this scripture debunks that
wrong impression. If you want a church to go choose the one where they are fed
well not the one where a so called super man is there to solve all your
problems

If you are a minister build your
foundation in the Word. Let the Holy Spirit confirm it with the gifts He has
endowed you with. Don’t let your gifts become the main thing. Let the Word
become the main thing. Blessings and peace to all of us. AMEN.

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