Community and Ministry
Passage: Colossians 1:24–1:29
The English term "minister" is taken directly from Latin (meaning "servant" or "attendant"), which itself was derived from minus (or "less"). Another word for this is shepherd. Some prefer to use the term under-shepherd, since the (under-)shepherd serves the Great Shepherd. In essence, ministers are to serve, attend to the flock, and be less in importance. This should be a humble calling; never demanding greatness; selfless. A servant is not a professional position; that’s why it’s not a popular one.
In this passage, we’ll also look at the motivation of Paul in 4 key areas:
A minister’s duties include warning and challenging new converts. He is to spend time with them, teaching them, and rebuking and warning those who need correction. This letter was a warning to the Colossian believers not to listen to the wrong or ill-informed voices around them, but to remain steadfast to the Gospel.