The born-again person is thoroughly clean, and his nature changed, but he’s still wearing filthy clothes. He has to remove those clothes piece by piece.
See the Savior lifted up so that the world might look to him and live. See every last detail of the forsaken Christ who “takes away the sin of the world.”
We are called to do the work of ministry. We are called to serve. Who do we serve? How do we serve? What is the work of ministry?
First, we must be equipped by the teaching of Scripture. Second, we must use that knowledge to serve. What we learn is to become what we do.
What is God’s pattern for building and strengthening the church? His plan goes like this: Church leaders equip saints to do the work of ministry.