MINISTRY OF HELPS
1. Is it in the Bible?
1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
2. What do we believe it means?
This is the ministry that all believers can have. It means you should help the pastor--serve him--and the needs within your local church.
3. What does it really mean?
When anyone gives their life to Jesus Christ, God puts within them a desire to serve. Most churches recognize this--it is, however, in the definition of "ministry", that the church is retarded.
Most churches firmly believe that true "ministry" is only for a select few. However, when the Bible is read and studied, one realizes that servant hood (ministry) is something which all believers are called to. Unfortunately, we believe "ministry" is to some degree, rulership or authority over other believers--and so--ministry becomes a "pecking order". Many ministers can tell you how they "worked their way" into ministry.
In this misdefined system of ministry, the "ministry of helps" is the lowest ministry--the "starting place" for any believer who wants to serve.
The Bible tells another story. It shows the ministry of Jesus--who--at the start of His ministry chose 12 common and unlearned men (acts--unlearned))) to walk with Him in every way. The Bible shows us a heavily demon-possesed man who was immediately released to serve God and preached to 10 cities without any "training". it tells the story of Saul --the enemy of the church--a pharisee--who after meeting Jesus "straitway preached the Gospel" ....
"......Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which
were at Damascus.
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." (Acts 9:19-20)
The Bible tells us quite to the contrary of our long-standing tradition that God has given ministry gifts "unto every one of us" and these gifts are "apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teacher". These gifts are God, operating in us and as it says in Ephesians chapter 4 God is "in all of us and through all of us".
The "ministry of helps" that the Bible speaks of is not what we think at all. In our wrong idea of "church" it becomes a servant to the leadership--which is, like throwing a bone to a dog--something to keep the congregation pacified and in it's place.