ONCLUSION A Short Summary in Terms of the Foundations of the Ordained Ministry Based on the Overview I Have Written
Present an Overview of the Foundations of Ordained Ministry in the New Testament.
The Seven Undisputed Letters of Paul is the starting point of the foundations of ordained ministry in the New Testament. Reading these letters will give us the description of how the community, first in Jerusalem, lived their lives as such. In treating these letters, I will quote passages from the seven letters which helps us to understand better where the ministry flows from. In his letter to the Romans 1:1-7 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy scriptures…grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the letter which Paul, calling himself an apostle, marks the first of his ministry. Another significant verse is from Rom 15:15-19, I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus…by the power of the Spirit [of God], so that from Jerusalem all the way around Illyricum I have finished preaching the gospel of Christ. Paul sees himself in this passage as an apostle in the priestly service of the gospel and so he plans his mission. Paul decided to write boldly in order to remind them of a tradition…he sees his ministry as that of serving like a priest of the Messiah (The Collegeville Bible Commentary: New Testament, 1097).
Moving on to his 1 Cor 4:1-2, Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God…stewards to be trustworthy. And in regards to Eucharist: 1 Cor 11-17-29, In giving this instruction…for I received from the Lord and handed on to you..(Eucharistic institution)…eat and drink and proclaim in remembrance of me. This passage indicates the role of the apostles, and the following passages tells us about the evaluation of an apostle. Then 2 Cor 6:3-18 talks about the experience of the ministry and call to holiness. They commend themselves as ministers of God. As ministers of God: the same Greek word Diakonos”, means minister and servant. This is a very interesting development in the foundations of ordained ministry.
Letter to the Ephesians emphasizes the unity in being one with and for Christ. More interesting though with regards to ordained ministry and very much evident especially in Eph 3:1-12, is the commissioning to preach Gods plan. Who are to preach Gods plan? Eph 4:7-16 supports this in saying, he gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in roles of service to build up the body of Christ. They are to function according to the gift they have received from God, and evidently not all are gifted equally, but the same message is proclaimed. We find more on the foundations of ordained ministry when Paul says in Col 1:23, provided that you persevere in the faith…to every creature in heaven, of which I, Paul, am a minister. This then is completed in the next passage wherein Paul accepted everything God plans for him, Col 24, now I rejoice in the sufferings…in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body… and what is parallel to Pauls admittance is that in verse 25, he again mentions that…of which I am a minister in accordance with Gods stewardship given to me. Paul continues to teach with authority on behalf of Christ.
Pauls letter to the Thessalonians also played an important role in the foundation of ordained ministry. 1 Th 2:1-11, where Paul explains his side of how he cares for them just like a mother who cares for her children…and with much affection share the gospel of God to the community in his preaching to them. Then 1 Th 5:1-20, Paul continues to admonish them in their vigilance, and then specifically mentions the order of the church, which they are to respect those who are in-charge of them. See that no one returns evil for evil…refrain from every kind of evil. Paul never tires to ensure that his community is in good hands. In his reminders to the people, which provides them comfort and a feeling of security, especially in his next letter which was addressed to Timothy to protect the community from the false teachings that can cause confusions among the believers. The same greeting of Paul to almost all of his letters, 2 Tim 1, Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus… a letter which contains an important verse which is used to further clarify where the foundations of the ordained ministry can be found. Some parts of his letter are very essential especially in 2 Tim 1:6, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. This reminds us during ordination wherein bishops lay their hands on those who are to be ordained. In the following passages, Paul shares his suffering, then he exhorts Timothy for his conduct as well as the warning against the useless disputes in the community. Finally in this letter, Paul gives a solemn charge that they have to proclaim the word preach whatever it is as long it is for the sake of Christ.
CONCLUSION? pls write a short summary in terms of the foundations of the ordained ministry based on what I have written above..
thanks so much titus…my brain is on freeze mode right now and cant squeezed anymore in making a sane conclusion…just a short summary based on the overview i wrote and it does not have to be a 2-page summary…3-4 paragraphs will do..this conclusion/short summary is actually part of our bring-home exams and i would really appreciate a short summary from your end..am just pressed for time…thanks again…