‘Everyone Gets to Play’- a phrase coined by John Wimber
I’m going to do some thinking about this phrase, what it means, and what it looks like in current church life…
1. Jesus – ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’Emphasis on (You) Follow Me and not just on fishers of men. (Mark 1:17)
a. You are part of the body of Christ. You have something to offer. We all need to follow Jesus and be fishers of men. We all play an integral part in the ministry of the resurrected Jesus. He wants to extend His kingdom through the likes of you and me.
b. Ministry is not for the select few. Ministry is for all of us. Remember ministry means service. To minister is to serve God and to serve people. We all have received grace. We all have grace to give. Not just here, but out there. After all you are only here for 2 out of 168 hours of the week. Everyone on the team gets a turn to participate, not just the heavy hitters, not just the super stars!
c. Jesus gave ministry away, He didn’t hoard it, or think that someone wasn’t good enough for it. He gave it away to 12, then 70, then thousands and thousands and millions and millions. And you and I were some of those that He gave it away to.
d. One of the key ingredients of the Reformation – ‘the priesthood of all believers.’ We all have access to the throne of grace. Plus He wants to use all of us, not just pastors, not just the ‘clergy’… but rather you and me – all of us! He didn’t just give ministry to the ‘religious professionals’. He gave it to the likes of you and me too!
2.5 fold ministry – for the ‘equipping of the saints for the work of service’ – Ephesians 4: 11,12 (NASB) “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;”
3 We all have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. We all have something to share to build up the body of Christ.
a. 1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB “When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification”
4.The body – many members, all vital –
a. 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NASB) “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
b. 1 Corinthians 12:14-20 (NASB) “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.”
c. Practice, practice
d. We are not expected to be perfect all the time in prophetic words. We know in part, we see in part, we prophesy in part.
e. Step out, take risks
f. My own spiritual gift mix – pastor-teacher, administrator, prophetic, exhortation
5. Ministry when we are together: Not just about what is going on ‘on the platform’, but what is going on ‘in the seats.’
a. Practice by praying for others. Take the initiative!
6. Ministry when you are out in your world: Gifts of the Holy Spirit are not just for Sunday morning. They are for every hour of every day.
a. God may give you a flash of insight (Word of knowledge) while you are at the grocery store about someone standing near you. Pray for them in your heart!
b. Interceding for someone that you sensed God speaking to you about.