Recently, we had guest ministers at our church. As a pastor, I believe it is important to have other ministers share with our congregation for many reasons. A highlight of these important reasons include the importance of the Ephesians 4:11 leadership working in cooperation and bringing maturity to the congregation; there is a unique expression of God’s grace and anointing in every ministry leader; opportunity is given to the congregation to hear of God’s work around the world, providing an opportunity for greater global vision; together we see the Body of Christ in operation.
I also think about the clear opportunities the congregation has to share with the guest minister. Almost always, when I have had the privilege of serving as a guest minister in another congregation or ministry, I have walked away feeling more blessed, having received from wonderful partnership in the Gospel.
My effort here is to give some highlights of scriptural truth and teaching on the subject of believers receiving Biblical ministers with Biblical lifestyles:
Bless them financially
Through offerings to support their ministry, which is over and above the tithe.
Galatians 6:10, NKJV
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5, NKJV
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive[a] the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
1 Corinthians 16:1-3, NKJV
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
In attendance, but also with expectancy to receive from the Lord through their ministry
Philippians 1:3-6, NKJV
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
2 Timothy 1:4, NKJV
4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,
Receive from their Ministry of the Word
Guest Ministers bring a unique perspective on what God is doing elsewhere in the country or world, but they also bring the power of God’s Word.
Romans 1:16, NKJV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
1 Corinthians 2:1, NKJV
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony[a] of God.
Understand each minister brings a unique perspective and expression of the anointing
Every minister is a gift from God to the church, and like gifts, each fulfill a unique purpose and have a unique expression of ministry.
1 Corinthians 3:5-6; 8, NKJV
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NKJV
4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
Receive from their Ministry Gifts
God uses imperfect people to accomplish His perfect plan. Natural wisdom says 1+1 does not add up here. But God chooses the foolish and the weak. Consider the people that Paul ministered to who probably initially did not like something about him. John the Baptist irritated many, and yet there was a deposit of God’s Word into their hearts.
2 Timothy 1:6, NKJV
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5, NKJV
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human[a]wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Pray for Them & Support Them
As we partner together in Gospel ministry, we pray and support one another.
Hebrews 13:18, NKJV
18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.
Philippians 4:16, NKJV
16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.