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Am I called to ministry?

Submitted: 10/11/2005
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Question: I know and have known that GOD has been calling me to Ministry. I can't explain the conviction but I know this without a shadow of a doubt. I have been waiting for GOD to show how to go about it. I know that he wants me to be bold and tell The Ministry in my CHURCH. What do you think? GOD BLESS YOU!

Answer: Every Spirit-filled believer is called to ministry (see 1 Peter 4:10). From a Bible perspective, there is no separate class of believers called The Ministry. This is Roman Catholic tradition.

If you have obeyed the gospel and been filled with the Spirit of God (Acts 2:38), then we agree with you that without a shadow of a doubt you are called to ministry. The next step is to be equipped for the work of ministry (see Ephesians 4:11-12). You must then get to work in whatever venues the Lord opens for you.

It is important to understand that the pastoral overseers of an assembly are fuctioning in a particular sphere of ministry, but do not represent all that there is to ministry. Read Romans 12 and 1 Peter 4:10. All the saints are ministers of the gospel, all have been gifted to minister to others. Ministry is the work of the whole body, not the work of one person or a group of people.