Posted by: watchman | July 7, 2009

First Timothy 2: Purpose in Ministry

And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles

Do you know what your purpose is in ministry? Paul did. Now, you do not need to have a title to be in the ministry. I think that the delineations the church makes between clergy and laity are actually self-serving. We are all disciples and ministers of Jesus Christ and therefore have a ministry purpose. Do you know yours?

Paul mentions three things in this passage that ignite his passions:

  1. In verses 1 and 2 he speaks about peace and quiet. He is earnestly praying for the very same political leaders that are persecuting him and the Jesus Movement. Why? So that Christians may enjoy peace and quiet as they pursue their faith. This is a very different approach than that of some modern ministers who pray for the deaths of their political leaders.
  2. In verses 3-5 Paul writes of his passion for Christ’s mission. Paul, like Jesus, wants all people to be saved from the darkness and oppression of sin. I know a lot of people who are passionate about church. I know very few that are passionate about outreach.
  3. Finally, in verse 6, Paul’s passion is that the truth is proclaimed – that Jesus freed us from the consequences of our sin. I love looking into someone’s eyes and telling them that their burden does not need to be carried any more. For those of us who are weighed down by a life of sin, that is very good news.

In a word, Paul’s purpose is Jesus. His Church, his Gospel, and his Way. He tries to communicate that zeal to his son Timothy.

So, what is your purpose and passion in ministry? Feel free to steal Paul’s.


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