Colossians 4:17 (ESV)
17And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
a. The word “see” connotes the idea of danger. What dangers lurk in and around you that would hinder you from “seeing” your ministry?
b. Do you wish your ministry were more succinctly articulated in the Scriptures? Why do you think most ministries, i.e., spiritual gifts” aren’t clearly and specifically spelled out?
c. How does the ministry of the “shepherd and teacher” of Eph. 4:11 help mature you to work your ministry?
d. How does your ministry help edify the body of Christ?
e. You can help “see” your ministry in the following ways. Which one is most helpful for you?
i. Desire – it is from God
ii. Edification – it is a blessing to others
iii. Compliment – it compliments and helps to carry out the vision that the Elders have laid down for the church
a. When does every believer receive his or her ministry from the Lord? Is there a phrase in the passage that might help answer that question?
b. How important is it for every believer to know that he or she has most definitely received a ministry?
c. You may not think that your ministry is a vital one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important for the “common good” (Eph.4:13ff) of the body. Would the ministry you’ve received be missed if you quit serving?
d. How encouraging is it to you to know that God gave you the precise ministry he wanted you to have according to Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12?
a. If God hasn’t messed up in building the body of Christ, then why is the body of Christ so seemingly inefficient?
b. Read through Matthew 25:14-30 and note both God’s perspective and your responsibility in fulfilling the ministry you’ve received from God.
c. Do you believe that it is really impossible to grow spiritually without your attempt to fulfill your ministry? Do you think a person can grow spiritually without exercising his or her spiritual giftedness?
4. How is Christ’s saving work connected to you fulfilling the ministry he’s given to you?
a. What are some hints from the book of Colossians to help you answer this question?
b. How much of an honor do you sense in having been given a ministry by Jesus Himself through the Spirit Himself for the glory of the Father Himself?