Ministry Progress - Billboard Up!

We are so excited to announce: 

Our first billboard is UP!! 

A big thank you to all those who helped with the design, and to Joe Boyle for contributing his photo for the background!! 

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Our commitment in communication is to speak the life and hope of Christ into our communities. 

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
— Jesus Christ, John 3:17
Jessica Moore
Five Aspects of the Ministry of Christ Hold Keys to Effective Change

Following in Christ's footsteps of ministry first means receiving the benefits of ministry ourselves.

The life of Christ, from the beginning, through his life on earth, up until now, and through eternity, provides inspiration that has the potential to lead us towards effective influence in the world around us. While he was with us, he layered multiple modes of ministry and service into one singular focus of drawing people closer to God. We are discipled by Christ himself as we set out to serve him. Are we receiving inspiration from God along our way? Are we in tune to his guidance?

Receiving discipleship and service from others also provides us with much needed strength and wisdom. As Christians, we can forget that we need to be the recipients of input as well. In God's orchestration, are we receiving discipleship, influence from our churches, wisdom in prayer? Are we ready  and open to hearing what God might say to us through those around us? In our need, who is available to help us?

As we receive, so we give. If we desire to see our lives impact the health of our community physically, emotionally, and spiritually, an observation of Christ's ministry gives us a handy pile of tools to help make that happen. Sometimes we look out over our personal lives, in our businesses, or in our organizations, and wonder why we are not seeing lives renewed for Christ. If we line up his ministry alongside our lives, it can help us see what changes need to be made to take us to a better place and make us more effective.

Observing the framework of Christ's ministry can make us more effective leaders in faith.

Discipleship Meant Being in the Game Together

Has the church minimized discipleship to a weekly coffee date? I feel like it may have. Christ's discipleship was very different. It included daily interaction and complete integration into his work. Who he chose and what he did give us so much insight into how he was able to raise up day laborers into a force that awakened the early church.

Who are you being discipled by?
How are you being discipled by Christ?
What do you have to offer those around you?
Are you ready to step out in ministry and call others to as well, or do you feel a need to learn from and be trained by others?
Who has God given you who needs what you have?

He Participated Fully in the Temple

The Temple was the religious institution of Jesus' day, and he didn't shy away from it. Christians organize around the church, but some are disillusioned with organized religion. A judgmental glance here, not enough help there. These things can discourage us from participation in a larger body. But corporate worship is powerful. Meeting with others who are specifically seeking God is critical to our spiritual health. Wrestling through issues of ministry is an important route to effecting change in the world.

What is Church? 
Why participate in church? 
Select a healthy organization 

His Quiet Place to Pray Brought Big Answers

Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise." (John 5:19) The prayers of Jesus must have included much more listening than we're accustomed to. As a church, are we proclaiming our own visions, or are we keeping an open ear to God's call as we move forward?  What about at the office, or around our neighbors? Are we busy crying out for our own needs, or are we willing to trust him for our needs and follow his call forward into ministry for others?

Consider an area you're struggling in and ask, "What would you like me to do here?" and wait and listen. God's answer may come immediately, or you may receive wisdom later through reading His Word or talking with someone. Keep your ears open.

Jesus Performed Acts of Service, Revealing God's Purposes in a Personal Way as He Went

I've seen the church divided into two camps. Those who evangelize, and those who perform acts of service and social justice. But the most effective ministries do both. As Jesus healed and provided for peoples' needs, he was actively aware of how God was working in a very personal way. He didn't have a Christian speech at the ready, he was attentive to the needs of each individual, both physically and spiritually. If we're attentive to what God is doing, any act of service that we do can bring revelatory change to the world.

We are servants of all. Some service is glamorous and some is not. God sees your work and can add life to what you do. If you feel inspired to speak along your way, don't be afraid to share what's on your mind.

He Spoke on the Mountaintops to Thousands of People

Society was deeply divided politically in the time of Christ. There were people with very specific agendas. But Jesus did not spend the majority of his time reacting to specific issues. If he had, he'd have been pigeonholed by his opinion on hot-button topics. When Jesus had an audience of thousands, he went back to the basics: Who God is, personal responsibility to love our neighbors, marital wholeness, and God's invested care of each person's wellbeing. These foundational educations may sound naive, but they are the foundation of change in a society. As Christians, we need to speak up. Not arguing this platform or the other, but proactively inserting ourselves into our culture and training the public in the basics of love, life, and God.

Jessica Moore
Teachers and Leaders Who Change the World Have Three Core Qualities

Who has inspired you to change? 

Was it a teacher who took you under their wing, noticing your work and taking the time to give you the attention you needed? Great coaches see all their players' potential and care about their wellbeing. Sometimes it's a pastor, who patiently answers questions, or whose messages filled inspire a closer walk with God, greater trust, and inspire the courage to cast aside the sins that are holding you back. 

The inspiration of these leaders is no accident. They're motivating because insomuch as they're patterned after the Greatest Leader, they breathe more abundant life into those under their care. 

But leadership doesn't stop with receiving and growing under great leadership. We too are called to be leaders like this. As we enter the world of Christianity, as we receive the great love that has been offered us and grasp the greatness of the grace that we have received, we enter a royal priesthood and become ministers of his grace to the world. 

What kind of leaders will we be? 

We can look to the leaders around us and we can look to the greatest leader of all, God himself. 

Walk in Love 

1 Corinthians 13 describes the love of God. If you have received this love, if his love has ever washed over you, this description will make sense. Patient, kind, sacrificial, and slow to anger. It is this love that governs all that our Lord does. We must receive it fully in order to have it to give. Read 1 Corinthians 13 » and take time to consider his great love for you and all of us. 

Listen & Assess

Assessment is a critical step to teaching. Learning where a student is and responding thoughtfully to their current understanding and abilities is the key to good teaching. God always assessed his students first. He knew that the Pharaoh that Joseph was working for was teachable and held integrity. He rewarded Pharaoh with the knowledge that he was the Living God and that he had the power to provide for the future. Moses' Pharaoh on the other hand, proved to be power hungry and fear driven. After many chances, he faced dire consequences

God knows where each heart is. He has already assessed everyone around us. The only way we can build the kingdom effectively is to act in love, with patience and kindness, and consider what God is having us do with a listening ear both to him and to the people we've been given. 

Teach with Patient Wisdom

If you read through the Old Testament, observe and watch how God taught those who were listening.

  1. He first revealed himself and laid out instructions.
  2. Then he shared the hope that was offered through obedience to those instructions.
  3. Warnings for disobedience spelled out the consequences that would follow. 
  4. Rewards or consequences followed obedience or disregard
  5. Hope and forgiveness were offered upon true repentance and dismay. 
  6. These steps have been repeated and repeated throughout history. They also represent a deft management plan for any nation, corporation, classroom, sports team, or organization. 

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

If the Lord is patient, let us also step back, and take the time to proceed with wisdom and purpose. Considering our words, and speaking with gentleness. 

The Exception of Authority

There were times in history when God was furious. Times when he held back his hands even in his wrath, and times when he rained down judgment. Rape, habitual thievery, child sacrifice, incessant violence are some of the things that have incurred the terrifying wrath of God. The God of heaven has sometimes confronted people like this and called people to repentance, and other times wiped out entire nations. He's done it himself and he's called the governments of nations to do so. Condemnation and judgement are his place, not ours, and his prophets are called clearly. Do not default to this condemnation, but default to the care and kindness that Christ demonstrated his entire life. 

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
— 1 Peter 2:9

At the Wisdom of God Corporation, we have received the great love and mercy of God. We have been broken by the world, faced the consequences of our own actions, and built up by the patient teaching and discipline of God. We have received this through his revealed Word, through the Holy Spirit, and through his people, which have all conspired to help us walk in newness of life. If you would like to join us in our commitment to share the truths we have learned with the world,  sign up for our newsletter today and join the project to share good news with the world.  

Featured Photo by Justyn Warner on Unsplash

Jessica Moore