Saturday, January 26, 2019

Hanson: ministry

Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
    Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963
    God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
    —Philippians 1:8 (NIV)
    The... task of the ministry is, not to undertake some specialist activity from which the rest of the faithful are excluded, but to pioneer in doing that which the whole church must do. And the ministry itself is no originator, but receives its task from Christ. The ordained ministers only exercise the ministry which Christ himself has first exercised, and which he continues to exercise through them, and through their activity in the whole church also.
    ... Anthony T. Hanson (1916-1991), The Pioneer Church, SCM, 1961, p. 72 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 1:8; 1 Cor. 4:16-17; 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 1 Thess. 1:6; Heb. 13:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen Your ministers.
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