How to recognise God’s presence when
we are involved in Church ministry.
His assistance can be very clear.
Reinforcing our belief in him.
I realise that if you are just beginning your Christian journey of faith, it is less likely that you will involved with ministry teams etc right now. But when you do, then you can see evidence of God’s presence there, assisting and supporting the processes of the ministry … just as I have done in the past. (To see the who’s, how’s and why’s of this website please click here.)
Now, these ministries might involve visiting and supporting others in the community who are suffering from emotional or physical hardship. Possibly it may entail feeding the poor or helping the homeless. Or it may even require supporting patients in a hospital. It could be the role of host for an Alpha course. Really, it includes any job that you know God wants done!
The traditional/ mainline Protestant church, to which I currently belong, delivers its own outreach services to our local community. Although involvement in such services requires the donation of time from volunteers, there are rewards for those who do so. Indeed it is now evident statistically that those who provide voluntary services to ‘others in need’ actually receive tangible benefits for themselves. That is they are more likely to be physically and psychologically healthy themselves.
2. GOD’S PRESENCE THERE
But something greater than that occurs when doing voluntary work for the Church. If the service is delivered selflessly out of dedication to God, as an act of loving care to fellow human beings, then it is most likely that those engaged in it will witness his presence at work. Firstly, I refer to his guidance and assistance within the process. For a start, things just tend to easily fall into place, far more than could be expected under the ‘law of averages’. It’s about that ‘more of the same, more of the same’ evidence of God stuff that I regularly mention through this website. And I am clearly meaning that examples should even be obvious to a cautious thinker.
And it is especially so if we are genuinely selfless in our dedication and we invite God to assist and guide us. God’s methods of assisting us in our day-to-day lives is discussed more fully in the articles, “God’s guiding hand” and “God’s helping hand”.
When I was involved with a voluntary pastoral care team that ministers to hospital patients, I witnessed many events that were ‘special’. Sure, as Christians, we would expect to witness spiritual healing. But from my view of circumstances the healing was (strangely you might think in that setting) more likely to be emotional than physical. On so many occasions God appeared to orchestrate openings for us, just at the appropriate time, to assist patients during their hardest times.
Of course, that is in contrast to the more graphic examples of healing that I have mentioned in the article, “Miracle healing”. If you would like a broader understanding of that kind of stuff, please see the article, “Experiencing the Holy Spirit”.
Now this sort of successful ministry presumably goes on through all of Christendom. And it is certainly not just applicable to the so-called Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement. Unlike me, I do not believe that any of my fellow pastoral care team members were members of the movement. Yet God utilised them effectively to ‘glorify his name’ and support other Christians under emotional and physical stress (proving his love) all the same.
In light of these types of positive faith and belief building outcomes, I certainly advise everyone to become involved with the Church’s ministry if at all possible. It is so satisfying I can assure you. Your own belief in God and your Christian faith will both, most probably, grow substantially as a result.
This article is the last in this section of the website, explaining how ‘belief in God’ and ‘Christian faith’ can both be developed within the Church. It is is critical for all of us to join a fellowship of faith; a church, during our journey of faith. It is also important to apply our growing faith to our lives: to fully engage with God there.
Continue to the first article, “God’s presence in our lives” in the following section of the website.
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