During the second week, we continued looking at the church and the Bible with a specific focus on the ministry of Trinity Baptist Church.
Acts 6:1 - 7 has some practical tips for the church to implement. The problem in this passage was a specific group of widows, Greek widows, were being overlooked. The disciples' solution involved remembering their main tasks, the Word of God and prayer, and equipped a group of men to help with the needed ministry to widows. This ministry and serving focus led to the Word of God increasing, the number of disciples increasing, and the unlikely conversion of priests.
The other passage we looked at was Hebrews 10:19 - 25 that says
"Since we have the confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus and since we have a great priest over the house of God"
"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith."
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope with wavering."
"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works."
"Not neglecting to meet together."
"But encouraging one another."
With the great things, rather the great person, JESUS, we have and the things we need to do - drawing near, holding fast, considering how to stir up one another, the "not neglecting to meet together" statement is so much more than just a command to meet one or two hours once a week.
And the ministry of the church is not for the purpose of entertainment or easy answers.
Ministries like children's ministry and youth ministry are disciple-making tools for moms and dads.
Children's ministry and youth ministry provide disciple-making opportunities for children, parents, and ministry workers.
Biblical counseling enables people to know and find Biblical answers to real-world problems.
In thinking about the ministries and gospel work at Trinity Baptist Church, it is important for members to think biblically and remember some important statements used regularly.
The first statement is "joyfully pursuing the living God" which appears on the wall entering the auditorium and on the bulletin each week. With eternal hope, disciples daily make decisions for the one who has changed his life. This ongoing, joyful, spiritual growth relies upon God, moves towards God, for God's glory.
The other statement is the description of the ministries on the church website. "The church is for believers to be strengthened and that those strong believers are to reach out in the communities God has placed them." Trinity's ministries are designed to educate and equip church members to minister in the communities where God has placed them. Ministry that happens within the church walls should go beyond the church walls.