By Christina Graham
One thing I learned from playing the game of softball is you can’t win a game on any individual effort. It takes a team working together toward the same goal to win. No one player can accomplish the goal by himself. It takes everyone collectively doing his or her part to succeed. In other words, teamwork makes the dream work.
In the beginning of Acts 6, Luke records for us the first instance of this truth taking place in the church. The church was growing, the gospel was being spread and different needs started to arise. The twelve disciples could not attend to all the needs that had arisen and still be effective at doing what God had called them to do. They appointed seven men to play their part on the team in order that the twelve could continue to play their part. Because of everyone working together towards the goal, Luke tells us, “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). Because of their teamwork, they were able to see the church continue to grow and the gospel continue to spread throughout the world.
Paul tells us later in the New Testament that we are all part of the body of Christ, the church. We all serve a certain function. We all play a part on the team. Just like a body can’t function properly without all it’s members working together, the church can’t continue to grow and the gospel continue to be spread without each member playing his or her part on the team.
Individually we won’t be able to accomplish the goal, but collectively we can achieve the purpose of the church that Jesus spilled His blood for. But what is that purpose? The church is not a building, but a body of believers with a specific nature and mission; to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth. These biblical roles or ministries of the church are foundational to that great commission. What are these roles? They are many, but key to any church are foundations in worship, edification and evangelism. If a church fails to fulfill any of these key roles – worship, edification, evangelism – then the church is not functioning as God intends. Granted, there are times when churches face challenges, but a healthy church seeks to overcome such challenges in a way that honors God and His intentions for His church. And we do that together, helping and encouraging one another.
So today, take time and reflect on these two questions:
What position on the Elevation team has God called you to play?
How can you use your talents to spread the Gospel?