Monday, September 12, 2016

Ministry Monday: Introduction

Welcome to the very first Ministry Monday here at Farr Functional Fitness!

If you have been reading our blog for a while or if you follow our Facebook or Pinterest pages you will know that Farr Fitness is a Christian gym ministry. Farr Fitness is run entirely out of our home. We have taken the lower story of our home and dedicated it to Christian ministry.

Ministry is a word that is thrown around often in church circles, but many people do not understand what exactly it means. The word "ministry" actually comes from the Greek word diakoneo which means to serve. We are provided with an excellent example of Christian ministry in the New Testament through the works of Jesus Christ and His followers, who served in His name. The 2003 Encyclopedia of Christianity defines ministry as carrying forth Christ's mission in the world, it also states that it is conferred on each Christian in baptism.

So just to be clear, all Christians are to have a ministry of some sort (it will vary depending on the skills/giftings/opportunities that God gives you). It can be hard to figure out how and what to do to better serve the kingdom of God. As such, we have decided to use our blog to show a little bit more of what exactly that looks like.

We will be using this new segment of our blog each week to:

  • encourage others in ministry,
  • explain about why ministry is important
  • show how we organize ministry/life
  • hold us accountable for being more than just a gym  

Rich Mullins said it best when he stated the following: 
“I would like to encourage you to stop thinking of what you're doing as ministry. Start realizing that your ministry is how much of a tip you leave when you eat in a restaurant; when you leave a hotel room whether you leave it all messed up or not; whether you flush your own toilet or not. Your ministry is the way that you love people. And you love people when you write something that is encouraging to them, something challenging. You love people when you call your wife and say, 'I'm going to be late for dinner,' instead of letting her burn the meal. You love people when maybe you cook a meal for your wife sometime, because you know she's really tired. Loving people - being respectful toward them - is much more important than writing or doing music.” 
The "gym" portion of our ministry is just a means of getting people in the door so that we can love on them the way Christ has loved on us. Yes, we memorize Bible verses. Yes, we pray. Yes, we fellowship together as the body of Christ. Because at the end of the day we want people to see the light of Christ shinning through our lives and actions, the burpees are just a bonus. 

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