A Word From The Pastor

Addicted to the Ministry

April 24, 2016
Pastor Kaiser

1 Corinthians 16:15-16 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

 

1 Corinthians 16:15-16 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

   Achaia was what is now Greece and the city of Corinth was the Capital.  Corinth was a very large metropolitan city that Paul had entered after being in Athens.  It was in the city of Corinth that he met Aquila and his wife Priscilla, both of whom were of the same craft or occupation as Paul being tentmakers.   Aquila and Priscilla were a great help to Paul when he entered the city of Corinth and assisted him in the ministry of reconciling sinners.
   According to Paul’s words in the verses above one of the first to be saved in Achaia was a man named Stephanas and his family.  There are numerous blessings in having your spouse and children to be saved and serving the Lord together.  This man Stephanas is only mentioned four times in Scripture.  We do not find that he is a Preacher, Teacher, soul winner, deacon, etc.  There is nothing that informs us of any position that he held.  At the end of the book of I Corinthians there is a side note in most Bibles that states that the book was written from Phiippi by four men; Stephanas, Fortunatus, Achaicus, and Timotheus.  Possibly these four men took turns writing as the Apostle Paul spake to them.
   We find about Stephanas and his family that they were addicted to the ministry of the saints.  In spite of what some believe, Christians become saints when they are born again and Stephanas and his family ministered to the saints while the saints were alive.  It is very difficult to minister to a dead saint. 
   They were addicted to the ministry of the saints.  An entire family devoted to the work of the Lord.  Now why did Paul inform the church at Corinth to submit unto Stephanas?  It was either because some had a problem with Stephanas or maybe just as a reminder to submit.  Paul informed them not only to submit to Stephanas but also to every one that helpeth us, and laboureth.  If one cannot help with the ministry and labour, the very best that he can do to support the work is to submit to those that are laboring.  Paul uses here the household of Stephanas as a wonderful example of a family addicted to the work of the Lord.

~Pastor Kaiser