Ministry of Word
But we will devote ourselves . . . to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6.4). The matter of serving people with God’s word is called the ministry of the word; the person who so serves is called a minister. “Ministry” points to the matter, while “minister” speaks of the person. The ministry of the word occupies an important place in the work of God. There are definite principles to be learned by those who preach the word of God and serve people with God’s word.
From the Old Testament time to the New, God always is found speaking. He spoke in the Old Testament days; He spoke while the Lord Jesus was on earth; and He continues to speak in the New Testament church. We learn from the Bible that God has a prime work to perform on earth, which is, to utter His own word. If the word of God is taken away, then almost nothing is left of God’s work. No word, no work. When the word is eliminated, the work is reduced to near zero. We must therefore recognize the place of God’s word in His work. Once the word is removed the work of God ceases immediately, for God operates through His word; He treats His word as His work. The work of God is filled with His word.
Your gift will draw people, your vision will establish them but your teachings will grow them into Maturity!