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DON’T IGNORE THE BASICS

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INT.
ARTICLE BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH
MINISTRY MONDAY

Acts 6:2
Then the twelve
summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable
that we should leave the Word of God and serve tables(NKJV)

I once heard that when
basics are ignored, complacency sets in and falling becomes inevitable.
Everything in life is built on basic foundations. All the big English words you
can write are just various combinations of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Therefore,
the very first thing about English grammar they taught you is what you are
still using.

Those who have
excelled in chosen fields are usually those who have mastered the basics.
In our lives as Christians and
also ministers what can sustain us is to still hold on to the very foundational
practices and experiences we derived when we were born again. Many people get
the wrong impression that a different set of rules apply when you become a
minister.

We must always
remember that we are Christians first before becoming elders, deacons, pastors,
Bishops and the like. There are certain things we must never outgrow. When you
were a baby, you were breastfed. There was a time that you ceased from breast
milk. But you have never outgrown water. Water is basic to life. Whether you
are an infant or an adult you still need water.

There are about five
basic things I want to talk about. We must never outgrow these things. They are
I)                  Study of the Word of God
II)               
Prayer
III)             
Having fellowship with other Christians
IV)            
Living a life of purity
V)               
Giving

Some people may not
see the link between these things and the ministry work they are doing. They
will rather consider things like gifting, branding, contacts and organizational
skills as being non negotiables in effective ministry. That is wrong. Ministry
is an overflow of our Christian life. If we will be relevant for a long time we
must consider these basic things as non-negotiables. Peter and the Apostles in
the above text reviewed their scale of preference and refused to compromise on
these non-negotiables. Many pastors and leaders don’t give offering. We often
quote ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’ to our members forgetting
that that scripture was Paul’s instruction to the Leaders of the Church in
Ephesus (Acts 20:35).

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