WSGMA Chaplain's Corner

September 2017 LABORERS TOGETHER

That is what a church is. We are God’s fellow-workers, co-laborers together (I COR: 3:9), all “living stones” (I PETER 2:5) in God’s great “building.” Together we all use whatever gift God has given us to fulfill the great goal of the Ministry of Reconciliation (II Cor. 5:18-20 ) given to us by Him. This is a holy “calling.” To treat this “ministry” with anything less than reverence, awe, concern, dedication, and a desire for excellence in that ministry is a terrible response to the great sacrifice Jesus made for us!!!

Can you be more specific, Pastor? Yes!!! Our ministry can be expressed in many ways… but let us look to three of the great Apostle Paul’s goals as an example. Paul says,”Follow me as I follow Christ!!!” And, with God working and through Him, his goal is (COL. 1:27-29):

a)     To proclaim Christ as a warning to every man of the purposes of God.
b)     Teaching every man the ways and purposes of God.
c)     To present every man mature (perfect) in Christ as a demonstration of the power of Christ.

In another instance Paul expressed the goal of the ”ministry gifts” as the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry (EPH. 4:12). It should be noted that these are not optional… they are an essential part of becoming a Christian. Further, as “fellow-workers”and “co-laborers,” the “work” of ministry requires the ability to depend upon one another. In other words, dependability… (being there… faithfulness in attendance and learning.)

Let us ALL hope that at the end of our service, we can say, like Paul, ”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (II TIM:4:7). And, at the moment of judgment before Christ, I pray that we will all be found as faithful, and that we may all hear those wonderful words “Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord” (MATT. 25:23).


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Rev. Dick Hilleary is a co-founder of the Western Gospel Association, known today as the Western States Gospel Music Association and acts as its Chaplin. With a lifetime of musical experience as a soloist and quartet member, Rev. Hilleary has appeared with some of the most recognized names in southern gospel music. As a skilled lecturer and recognized 'Master of Ceremonies' for national music conventions, Rev. Hilleary has received the prestigious "Communication and Leadership Award" from Toastmasters International. A pastor / teacher of 35 years, today Rev. Hilleary's passion is for preserving southern gospel music on the west coast and ministering to those committed to keeping that music and ministry alive for the body of Christ.

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