There are a number of activities that turn belief in the Apostle’s Creed’s statement “God, the Father Almighty” into ministerial activities. They include: 1):pro-life activities – from making decisions to keep ones baby to foster homes for the discarded child. 2) creation education – from Christian schools teaching creation to individual ministries emphasizing the factual account of creation rather than evolution. 3) exercising creativity – God is Creator and His creation reflects His artistic skills. Ministries that emphasize the Arts in worship or the writing and development of music, books, film that glorifies God and His Life is an expression of creativity that focuses on God as Father and Creator. 4) Stewardship – God is a Steward of His creation. He practices conservation and effective management of His creation. Ministries that teach proper stewardship of ones resources is a prime example. Also, ministries that focuses on the environment and conservation of our resources is another means of expressing these types of activities. 5) Restoring Father/Son relationships – Ministries that provide counseling or activities that improves the bond between Fathers and their children is another example of a ministry built on the belief of God as our Father.
All the above ministries are practiced by certain individuals in our local church. Coming from a small church with very few formal church-wide ministries, most ministries are conducted by a few individuals motivated and led to fulfill their calling in life. These ministries include all the above from one degree to another.
One approach to emphasis our God’s Authority is to conduct a series of sermons about His relationship to us as a healthy Father. Taking scriptures from Genesis, the Gospels, and Epistles, we can show His desire to have a close, intimate relationship with His children.
Isn’t it amazing the many activities we conduct only mimic our Heavenly Father God’s attributes? What other ministry activities would you add to the list?