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What are we?

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People look at ministry in two ways

Everyone looks at ministry, and asks this question: what is the goal, what is the focus
We are trying to tell people about Jesus and start a church and so on
Most of the time, people look at two different things and think that these two things are the focus:

Success

We want a successful ministry
A large ministry:
Lots of people in church
Lots of people getting saved
Lots of churches started

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

People who want success, focus on methods
This puts a lot of pressure on us. We think it all depends on us

Faithfulness

We want to be faithful
Have the right doctrine
Have the right methods
We want to honor God
Jeremiah

What is our goal?

A big ministry does not mean that it’s right
A faithful ministry does not mean it’s right

Fruitfulness

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

As disciples, as Christians, we need to bear fruit, but...

What is fruit?

People being saved is one kind

Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

The fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, klongsuffering, kgentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

We want to see Christians growing in their faith

Good deeds

For it hath pleased them of zMacedonia and aAchaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. 28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

Fruit is doing good things for other people, especially other believers
We want to see that happen as well

Ministry is a garden

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

We need to garden: Do what we can
We need to plow
We need to plant
We need to water
We need to realize there are things out of our control
The soil may be hard
We know that it is God who works
We don’t want to have too much pressure on us
We also don’t want too little pressure on us
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