That's the response I want because I don't believe the initial question can be answered with a yes or no answer with assurance. As a matter of fact, I believe the question requires an examination of yourself to insure that we as individuals have ministered biblically to others. When I got off the phone with her I started thinking about our conversation and then a sermon I preached earlier this year came to mind out of series we preached entitled: Our Practice: The F-I-R-S-T Essentials of FGMBC. It is an exposition of sermons on the five (5) functions of the church (ministry, fellowship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and worship of the found in Acts 2:42-47. Here is the sermon skeleton on MINISTRY:
Topic: Our Commitment to Ministry
Text: Philippians 2:3-4
Thesis Statement: Ministry is the sharing of one's life with others with no strings attached.
I The MOTIVE of Ministry – v. 3a
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit
Point: A shared life ministry is an unselfish life
II. The MANNER of Ministry – 3b
“…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
III. The MISSION of Ministry - 4
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others”.
Point: A shared life is a sacrificial life.
Deep concern for one another's well-being will develop when we share our lives with each other. God be praised for His word.