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The Roles God Gives Us

The Roles God Gives Us

Want to hear how God gave various roles to a few key individuals in order to lead someone into His Word in the prison?

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are ministers through whom you believed, and each served as the Lord gave him his role. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but it is God who causes the growth. (EHV 1 Cor. 3:5-7).

One of the things I’ve always appreciated and found quite interesting about our ministry is the way in which God assigns various roles to all of us in order to lead people into His Word. But as Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians, it’s not about the preacher or teacher, the volunteer or called worker, we are all simply carrying out the role God has given us. Sometimes we plant, sometimes we water, but as Paul says, God is always the one working behind the scenes through the power of His Word to bring people to faith and then nurture them in that faith.

Over the course of a few weeks, God brought four new men to my weekly Bible study at the prison. The first was a referral from one of my fellow chaplains alerting me to someone who was recently transferred to the prison where I serve. The second and third both started attending when they were invited by someone on their unit who was already coming to my class. The fourth man however, found his way to my class a little differently.

Prior to his incarceration, the young man had begun attending one of our churches. After he went to prison, the pastor from that church remained in contact with him, sending him sermons every week. The pastor also reached out to us via the website. We conversed and I told him about my Bible class and explained the process for inmates who wish to attend the class. He relayed this information from his end, and our ministry did the same. A week later, the fourth man joined the class.

So, just like that, God added four new souls to my class over the course of a few weeks. We actually had to start setting up an extra table and chairs to accommodate all the newcomers.

Sowing the seed of God’s Word — that’s our ministry in a nutshell. Together, we “plant” and we “water” so that God can grow His kingdom through the power of His Word. To God be all the glory.

Chaplain Joseph Radsek

Ministry Behind the Walls

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.