Gospel Ministry for Some
Sermon Notes

Talk 2 from the Midlands Students Conference on 25th March 2017.

Talk Outline:

Gospel Ministry For Some
Andy Martin

While all Christians are called to live the gospel life, some are set apart for gospel ministry

Some are paid so that gospel ministry is their main work – ‘set apart ministry’ (often called ‘full time ministry’) Acts 13:2-3


Principle: money buys people’s time so that they can be set apart for ministry. 1 Timothy 5:17-18


Principle: some Christians need to be set apart in order to equip all Christians for gospel ministry. Ephesians 4:11-16 


·       The Word-ministry and leadership of some… (evangelists and pastors-and-teachers)


·       …enables the ministry of all 



·       Ephesians 2:19-20 (see also 3:5)



‘all the saints’

= all believers who are to serve and build up the church

‘evangelists, pastors and teachers’

= those with the contemporary role of communicating Scripture

‘apostles and prophets’

= those who had the unique and unrepeatable role of completing Scripture



Old Testament

·       Word ministry – communicating the Bible to Christian and non-Christian alike – is primary for the spread of the gospel and the growth of the church


The ‘9:38 question’: How can I, as the person I am and with the gifts that I’ve got, best serve the spread of the gospel and the growth of the church in my lifetime?


·       There is need, here and worldwide, for a great number of ministries – Word ministries and non-Word ministries which support and protect the Word ministry


What the difference is (and isn’t) between those who are in set apart ministry and those who aren’t


·       It comes down to the person you are, with the gifts you’ve got 


·       1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 14-17, 21-22


·       What are those gifts? 

·       1 Timothy 3:1-5

o   A godly character

o   The ability to teach

o   A clear gospel

o   A love for people

·       Set apart ministers and all other Christians are in ‘partnership in the gospel’ (Philippians 1:5)


Workers for the harvest field, eds. Vaughan Roberts & Tim Thornborough, Good Book Co.

The priority of preaching, Christopher Ash, Proclamation Trust, Christian Focus Publishing

Let the nations be glad, John Piper, IVP

1 Timothy & Titus and 2 Timothy in The Bible Speaks Today series, John Stott

Bible Passage

Ephesians 4:1-16

Unity in the Body of Christ

4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)