Dr. Oscar T. Moses
W.A.R. Bible Study
Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Living My Best Life Bible Study # 3
The Principle of Availability
Lord I Am Available to Serve
Over the last twenty years, I have observed a small core of members that are actually involved in the forward progress of the church. Most churches face the issue of members who are continuously unavailable and uninvolved. They are merely spectators. Many attend regularly but never move beyond that to become available to be involved in the ministry and mission of God.
Christianity Today Magazinesuggests that there are (3) three main reasons people do not avail themselves to serve and they perhaps are not what most people think. CT says the following are three reasons why people do not avail themselves to serve:
- They Feel Useless– These individuals feel as if they do not have anything significant to offer in ministry. Those who feel useless simply may not know that they have been called and gifted by God for ministry.Those who feel useless have to be patiently taught that God has gifted them for service within the body. Once they grasp this as fact, they can become some of the best ministers in the congregation.
- Some People Are Hurting– Some have been hurt by church members and church leaders. Some had a bad experience in a previous church. These people need to be shown the love of Jesus Christ by the membership and encouraged to serve.
- Some People Are Lazy – Some do not want to serve. The want to reap the benefits of others service. It causes those who are working to reconsider actually working. All God’s people are called to the ministry; all God’s people are sent on mission. The only questions are “Where?” and “Among whom?”
The problem in ministry has not changed. There is a lack of availability. There have been countless experiences of asking someone to help with a ministry or church project, and the response too often is, “I am not available.”
The Greek word “serve” means to wait upon someone, to attend to someone. It is akin to the word for slave or servant. It is sometimes translated “minister to”. God Requires Every Member to Serve
- Do you agree with the 3 reasons Christianity Today gives? Are there other reasons?
- How do the following verses confirm every believer has a mandate to make themselves available for ministry?
- 1 Peter 4:10
- Hebrews 10:24
- Romans 14:12
- Colossians 3:23-24
- 1 Corinthians 15:58
- Revelation 14:13
- How should a Christian exhibit Availability to others in daily life?
- How can one develop a Christian attitude and willingness to be Available?
- What often blocks one from being Available to others?
- How does 1 Corinthians 12:12-26make every members availability essential to a healthy body?
- How do the following scriptures give positive examples of The Principal of Availability?
- Genesis 12:1-9
- Matthew 4:18-22
- How do the following scriptures give negative examples of The Principal of Availability?
- Jonah 1:1-4
- 2 Timothy 4:9-10
One Sunday after an afternoon ministry affair, I watched the, now retired, First Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Al Wysinger, avail himself for service. He was the guest speaker at the church tea, and when the eating was over, he rolled up his sleeves and went into the kitchen to wash dishes and clean up. He didn’t have to do that. He was not a member of our church. I tried to stop him, and he said, “This is what I do!” Not even a member of our church, but he made himself available for service. If churches had more members like that, we would be of better service to the community. Servitude is not a step down but a step up. How does this example make you feel as a member of this church?
The Principal of Availability means:
- I Am Accessible for Service:
- I Am Ready to Sacrifice:
- I Am Willing to Be Sent:
What Does Matthew 9:35-38 instruct us to do as Christians?
Availability is being willing to adjust our own schedule, agenda, and plans to fit the right desires of God and others. It makes personal priorities secondary to the needs of God and others. It is to reflect God’s priorities, so we are always available to Him, and others, when we are serving.
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
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