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Each One Bring One
Each One Win One

RAISING THE LEVEL OF MINISTRY
BISHOP ALFRED REAVES
(Luke5:1-11)


1. When we consider the value that God places upon human souls, the importance of the church’s ministry becomes even more critical. Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

(a.) There is nothing in this world as important as the soul; therefore the people of God, above all others should give the highest priority to carrying forth the Great Commission that has been given to the church.

 Often it is the case of people not understanding priority that keeps them from functioning at the highest level of proficiency.

 In other words, to them it becomes a matter of a casual, detached, lukewarm approach to doing things.

 The very nature of priority demands the utmost urgency.

2. You must be careful and not allow people to detract you from giving priority to what you consider to be urgent. (Something that demands immediate action)

(a.) In Matthew 16:21-25 “Jesus began to show his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (22) Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. (23) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for you don’t have in mind the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (24) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

3. Jesus is teaching a very critical principle that is essential for raising the level of ministry and service that can have the kind of impact upon the lives of the souls that the church has been commissioned to reach.

(a.) That principle has to do with going beyond the ordinary and moving into a higher or deeper dimension.

 The question becomes, who is willing to step out and move into that higher dimension?

 In order to do this, you have to see beyond the ordinary.

4. Everything that is presented in the Word of God is for the purpose of God relating to us his principles concerning a blessed life.

(a.) In Luke 5 we are told that “the people pressed upon Jesus to hear the Word of God.”

 It’s interesting that Jesus “entered Peter’s boat and thrust out a little from the land. And sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.”

 This is showing us that we must be positioned to communicate the Gospel message to souls.

 Jesus moved a little ways out from the crowd so that he could be heard and seen.

 Above all else, people need to see Jesus.

5. In order to move to a higher level of service or ministry we must be willing to heed the voice of the Lord as he tells us to “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”

(a.) The text tells us that Peter began to relate to Jesus that they had toiled all night, but had not caught anything.

 Perhaps in a sense, Peter was reasoning with Jesus that his professionalism as a fisherman was sufficient enough.

 But the crucial lesson we should gather from this is demonstrated in what Peter concluded. (“Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”)

(b.) In order to raise the level of ministry you have to heed the voice of the Lord and “launch out into the deep.”

 Souls are lost deep in sin and if we are to catch them, we must move out from our comfortable areas.

6. As we concern ourselves with Raising the Level of Ministry, we are to consider that ministry is not confined to just those preaching or teaching the Word of God; but all areas of Christian service.

(a.) Every service that we render in the kingdom of Jesus Christ is unique in and of itself.

 When we can understand this and began to exercise every calling in the spirit of urgency, commitment, and love, we will then see the kind of fruitfulness that Kingdom Ministry demands and deserves.

7. When Peter and his companions obeyed Jesus they received such a great catch that others had to come and help with the catch.

(a.) God help us to move to that level in ministry that we will have to enlist the help of other believers.

 The catch was so amazing that the perception was that the ship was overloaded and about to sink.

 When we begin to move to that higher level in ministry, God is going to amaze us, in terms of fruitfulness.

(b.) But when God is promoting the growth and we are committed to doing his will, we don’t have to fear.

 The Lord Jesus was using this miraculous event to symbolize the great mission of the church, and the posture the church is in need of in order to be fruitful.

 God is truly glorified when all areas of ministry in the church is clicking on all cylinders so to speak.

 This means that every member is working together, with a single focus on promoting the agenda of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

8. One of the definite signs of true discipleship is recorded in John 15:8.

(a.) This is not referring to massive numbers that may be defined as mega; but it has to do with actually reaching the souls of the other sheep Jesus said he will bring.

 The ministry of the church has to be effectively done at a level that wins souls to Christ.

(b.) This is what brings glory to God. John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples indeed.” 

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