Why does the Holistic Ministry in the Church?
Holistic ministry is the church’s bold calling to share the Good News of God’s salvation through word and deed.
Biblical foundations for the calling of Church to holistic ministry:
We are called to follow Jesus
- As dearly loved children of God for whom Jesus gave his life, we are called and empowered to follow Christ’s example of sacrificial servant hood (Matt. 16:24, John 14:12, 2 Cor. 5:14-15, Phil 2:5-8)
- Jesus commissions his followers (John 20:21) to continue his kingdom work of calling people to repentance (Matt. 4:17) and restoring those who are broken in body, soul and spirit (Luke 4:18-19).
- Jesus’ ministry modeled integration of word and deed—preaching good news, healing the sick, and breaking
- the power of evil (Matt. 9:35-36, Luke 7:20-22).
If we love God, we will love people “in actions and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18, 4:7-8)
- The Great Commandment and the Great Commission link passionate love of God, servant-love of neighbor, and the mandate to make disciples (Matt. 22:38-39, 28:19).
- Neighbors to love include those who need mercy (Luke 10:36-37), who are sinners (Matt. 9:10-13), who are in distress (James 1:27), who are different from us (Col. 3:11), and who are enemies (Matt. 5:44).
- Actions without words are insufficient (Rom. 10:14), but words without actions lack credibility (Jam. 2:15-18).The church’s good deeds amplify its witness, drawing people to the light (Matt. 5:16, Acts 2:42-47).
God has a special heart for those who are poor and vulnerable. (Jeremiah 22:16)
- God identifies with those in need: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord” (Prov. 19:17). If we love God, we will share God’s concern for those who are suffering (Isa. 58:1-12, Jer. 22:15-16, Matt. 25:40).
- God’s anger is aroused by those who take advantage of the powerless for their own profit (Isa. 10:1-3, Amos 8:4-7) as well as by those who have plenty, yet neglect those in need (Eze. 16:49, Luke 16:19-25).
God’s people are to be an instrument of blessing to the world. (Genesis 12:2)
- God’s people are commanded to be open-handed toward those in need (Deut. 15:10-11, 2 Cor. 9:8), to practice justice and compassion (Micah 6:8, Zech. 7:9-10), and to be “rich in good deeds” (1 Tim. 6:18).
- Like salt and light, the church has a transforming influence (Matt. 5:13-14). As the “aroma of Christ” (2 Cor.2:15), the church offers a taste of the goodness of God’s kingdom to be fulfilled in the life to come.
The church’s ministry is the work of the kingdom of God. (Luke 10:9)
- God’s kingdom is where God’s will is done and God is glorified (Dan. 7:14, Rev. 1:5-6) The kingdom brings repentance (Matt. 4:17), redemption (Col. 1:13-14) and transformation (2 Cor. 3:18)
- As people sent to proclaim and model God’s reign (Matt. 10:7, John 17:18), our mission is guided by the question, “What does it mean for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven?” (Matt. 6:10)
The Spirit empowers us to participate in ministry. (Ephesians 2:10)
- God gives each believer gifts to share within and beyond the church (1 Cor. 12:7, Eph. 2:10, 1 Pet. 4:10).
- We rely on God for the wisdom and endurance (Col. 1:9-11), power (Eph. 3:17-18), authority (Matt 28:18-19), strength (1 Peter 4:11), hope (Rom. 15:13), and love (1 Thess. 3:12) to be fruitful.
In conclusion, holistic ministry is the practice of God’s people to share the love of God to other peoples; and more than sponsoring ministries here and there as humanitarian assistance. It is a means to reach the lost, oppressed, marginalized and poor people’s by evangelism, social concern and reconciliation. How do we do holistic ministry? Christians are called to demonstrate God’s love for the lost world because the people are lost without Christ. In second place, we have calling for compassion and justices to poor, oppressed and marginalized people in the World. Finally, we are called for the ministry of reconciliation. Holistic ministry in our churches means modeling God’s concern for the total well-being of persons and communities. It means an incarnational lifestyle of integrity, compassion, and invitation. It means sharing good news both for this life and for the life after death.
The source of holistic ministry is God’s redeeming love and transformational power. This makes us bold in sharing God’s glorious salvation through word and deed. Not that our ministries presume to “save” others or to “fix” the world! But as Jesus told His followers, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).