Being Ministers of God Reflections on the ‘Servant’ concept in Isaiah. The minister and the ministers (9:15am Saturday) The suffering and joy of the minister (11am Saturday) The wisdom of the minister (11am Sunday). The Minister and the Ministers. Isaiah 42:1-9 2 Corinthians 4.
2 Corinthians 4
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves… Luke 22:25-27
Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf.
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2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known …
The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice…
For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.
Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
1 Corinthians 2:1-10
I’m for Apollos!
I’m for Cephas!
I’m for Christ!
I’m for Paul!