There is a false dichotomy prevalent in our culture that draws a dividing line between the laity and clergy – only “special” Christians participate in “real ministry.” We must recalibrate our thinking of “church” to rest primarily upon a biblical view, where all believers in Christ are saints and are thus equipped for the work of ministry through His power. There should be no mere spectators in the arena of the local church.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- In one sentence, how would you define “church” to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
- Read and discuss Acts 1:4-8. What is Paul telling us about God? About man? What do these passages tell us about how God views the church?
- In what ways have you observed a “laity/clergy gap” in your church experience? How might the enemy use this to “bench” Christians?
- Do you ever fall into the “celebrity” trap in regards to visible church leaders? How can this be avoided?
- Read and discuss Ephesians 4:11-16. How have you been equipped for the “work of the ministry”?
- How do you exercise the gifts/talents/passions God has given you? In what ways might God be calling you to be a gift to the church?