Many of us suffer from a terrible sickness in our churches. It is called “Spectatoritis.” We speak of the congregation as the audience. If we sincerely believe the Gospel, we must believe that God has a vocation for each of us. The situation is a lot like inactive fansat a football game who are cheering for the sweating players on the field. The players are doing all the work while the fans just observe and cheer. You are not merely fans or spectators. You are not the audience; you are the actors. As members of the body of Christ you are priests, you are ministers of the gospel, and given the charge to find your place to minister, to participate in the building of His church. The secret is participation, participation, participation.
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6). Early Christianity viewed each house church member as a minister. Ministry through the gifts of the Spirit flowed naturally in the home environment, and leadership development was simple and dynamic. The priesthood of all believers was the norm in the early Church, and for this reason the early Church spread rapidly. It is now time for the bride of Christ to believe in who she is again!
Become and Grow
At Zion’s River, the pastors understand what God has called us to do. “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Our main role is to prepare those who call Zion’s River their home to do the work of ministry. The primary way we seek to prepare anyone for ministry is through our small groups – we call them “C-Groups.”
Participation is at the core of the C-Group. No one sits in the back seat. Chairs are not arranged in rows. As people share their stories, ask for prayer, and minister to one another, they are transformed in the process. They become the ministers and grow as Christ’s disciples.
We are on a journey at Zion’s River. God is shaping and moving us to become who we were always meant to be. Every member of this body needs to be actively involved for this church to bring the gospel, the presence and power of God to the world. Each person must actively use his gift and minister in his God-given capacity. For far too long, the church has depended on one or two body parts to do the work of the ministry. Now Christ is calling us to actively make disciples who are making new disciples through the C-Groups.
It’s time to discover your place and stand in it.
Pastor Rob Riggan