Preparing For Marketplace Ministry - Audio Mp3 download
Most of the miracles performed in the New Testament occurred in the marketplace, not in a place of worship. Jesus’ disciples were actually businessmen who He anointed to minister to other people in the business world – the marketplace. In his book, “Anointed For Business”, Ed Silvoso says that the church was not born in the upper room. It was conceived in the Upper Room, but born into the marketplace. When we try to keep the church within four walls, we lose sight of the fact that Jesus was born in the marketplace, his first visitors were employees of the inn and business owners – the Magi. Of His 52 parables, 45 were based on marketplace examples: construction, treasure hunting, family owned businesses, return on investments, farming, crop yield, future markets, management criteria, the need for research, bankruptcy, venture capital in high risk situations, hostile takeover and the advantage of leverage. Most of the people who ministered in the New Testament were marketplace leaders: Peter had his own fishing company. Paul was a tent maker. Lydia was a wholesaler of expensive fabric, Dorcas a clothing designer. The Gospels were written by a doctor (Luke), retired tax officer (Matthew), partner in a food enterprise (John) and a millionaire (Mark). The church will never fulfill its calling until we take ministry to the marketplace. God wants to use you where you work. We need to empower our congregations to be used of God in the marketplace.