Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen
Introduction – What is Ordination
We are gathered here today, church, on a special occasion. Not just any Sunday, but a day we have set aside as a church to further the Kingdom of God by ordaining Jared and Elizabeth Leversee as Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only as ministers, to be respected by the Church of Christ worldwide, but also to specifically appoint them to the office of Associate Pastors of Christian Life Church.
We follow in the steps of Jesus in ordaining servants of God, for it was our Lord who said these words in John 15:16
John 15:16 KJV Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
We also follow in the steps of early church leaders such as Paul and Barnabas who ordained leaders in every church they were over in Acts 14:23.
Further New Testament examples of ordination can be found in Acts 6:6, Acts 13:3, 1st Timothy 4:14, and 2nd Timothy 1:6.
The Word ordain simply means to “appoint”, but I want to make it very clear church that we are not today ordaining Jared and Elizabeth, but this ordination service is simply us as a church approving and testifying of the Appointment that Jesus has already made for Jared and Elizabeth’s life.
Jared and Elizabeth, today we formally declare that it is clear to all in fellowship at Christian Life Church that Christ Jesus has chosen and appointed you to be Pastors in His Kingdom. What we do has no power, but what He has already done has eternal power.
Church, please understand that the ordination of Jared and Elizabeth does not put their ministry above yours or anyone else’s. We serve as one body all working toward the same goal. That said, however, this ordination service does symbolize Jared and Elizabeth’s call to ministry, their totally and full commitment to God and His will, the churches approval of Jared and Elizabeth, and Jared and Elizabeth’s willingness to be held to a higher standard before both God and this church. In that sense, we honor and respect Jared and Elizabeth.
Charge to the Candidates
- Invite Jared and Elizabeth Forward.
Jared and Elizabeth, do you promise to walk in a way worthy of the ministry to which you are called, seeking always to bring honor to the name of Jesus Christ as your Lord; and do you promise to diligently and faithfully perform the duties of the Gospel with no thought of personal reward or honor, having as your primary motives the winnings of persons to Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord and the building up of His Church through discipleship, teaching, exhortation, inspiration, and stewardship to the Glory of God. If you so promise, please respond with “We do”.
Laying on of Hands
Have Jared and Elizabeth stand up front, deacons and leaders stand behind, everyone else raise hand’s toward.
Pray a prayer of thanksgiving and acknowledgment of God’s ordination of both Jared and Elizabeth.
Charge to the Church
Have everyone but Jared and Elizabeth sit down.
Charge the church:
Do you, the church body, acknowledge and approve of the ordination of Jared and Elizabeth Leversee as pastors and ministers in Christ’s church. And do you commit to pray for them in their ministry and to aid them in whatever way possible in the advancement of God’s kingdom through their ministry. Do you promise to cooperate with them as they serve Christ through the calling and vision of Christian Life Church, giving them all due honor and support in the leadership of which God has called them to? If you so acknowledge, approve, and promise please do so by standing up now.
(Show Jared and Elizabeth those standing, these are YOUR armor bearers as much as ours)
All stay standing, stretch out hand
יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום
“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”
You may be seated