Bible Verses for Ministry Empowerment

Whether in an official position of ministry or during the course of our everyday living as salt and light in this world, we need God’s power to be effective. We must pull on His strength and sustenance, always remembering Jesus’ words in John 15:5. He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Bible Verses about our Source of Ministry Empowerment

Bible Verses for Ministry Empowerment - God as Our Source of Power


When we consider the following truths about God’s power, it seems rather foolish to rely on our own strength and abilities.

One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” (Ps. 62:11-12)

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Ps. 147:5)

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jer. 32:17)

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Lk. 18:27)

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Rom. 1:20)

… his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms … (Eph. 1:19-20)

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Cor. 4:7)

Bible Verses Showing God’s Power Sufficient for All Situations

As we serve we’ll be faced with temptations, weaknesses, and spiritual battles. We may want to give up or compromise. The following verses show us that we can rise above whatever comes our way when we rely on the right Source of power.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Eph. 3:16)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Eph. 6:10)

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, (Col. 1:11)

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Pet. 1:3)

Bible Verses Specifically Geared to Empowerment in Ministry

The following verses show the strength, confidence, and grace we can find when we rely on God’s power to teach, preach, witness, or serve in any other capacity.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses … (Acts 1:8)

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Cor. 2:4-5)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Cor. 4:20)

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. (Eph. 3:7)

because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (1 Thess. 1:5)

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. (2 Thess. 1:11)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Tim. 1:7)

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet. 4:11)

Bible Verses Suggesting the Logical Response to God’s Power

When we acknowledge God as the Source of ministry empowerment, finding His power to not only be sufficient but even exceed our needs and expectations, how can we not issue forth in praise and honor to Him?

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Ps. 78:4)

Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. (Ps. 150:2)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet. 4:11)

Ministry Empowerment: God’s Means

Ministry Empowerment - God's Means of Providing PowerWe’ve already established that to do ministry God’s way, we need His power. We need to cease striving to do ministry in our own strength. When we do, we’ll see the power of God unleashed in ways that are “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).

The issue is not “if” we have this power available to us but how to pull on that power. God’s provides a variety of means for ministry empowerment that we can pull on.

God’s Means of Ministry Empowerment

The site has a section devoted to different means through which God provides us, His Church, with power, which will be listed below. To get a better grasp of those means, click on the links to read articles or check helpful books. (Please note that book links may take you to books on one of our affiliate sites which may use cookies to track your activity to ensure that Ministry Tools Resource Center gets commissions from any sales.)

– Gospel Message of the Cross

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes … (Rom. 1:16)

– Grace

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (1 Cor. 15:10)

– Holy Spirit

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses … (Acts 1:8)

– His Name

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. (Jn. 17:11)

– Prayer

… The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

– Resurrection

I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection … (Phil. 3:10)

– Scripture

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

– Spiritual Gifts

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. … (1 Pet. 4:10-11)

– Spiritual Weaponry

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4)

Ministry Empowerment: Divine Power

If we’re going to do ministry effectively, we need to do it God’s way and we need His empowerment, using His wisdom, grace, and power.

Ministry Empowerment - Cease Striving for Divine PowerWe need to cease striving on our own and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10). Jesus clearly stated that apart from Him, we can do nothing of eternal value (Jn. 15:5). When we rely on Him, nothing is impossible (Matt. 17:20; Phil. 4:13). His divine power gives us everything we need (2 Pet. 1:3).

Why Ministry Empowerment Needs to Come from God’s Divine Power

When we try to do ministry through our own strength and power, we’re lacking what we need to effectively do ministry and make an eternal difference. Spiritual fruit requires spiritual power. Trying to do ministry through our own wisdom, strength, and power will not yield the best results. Here’s why:

  1. We’re finite, meaning we’re limited in what we can understand and do. To accomplish that which counts for eternity, we need wisdom and power outside of ourselves, that which is higher and greater than ourselves — divine power.

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  1. We’re fearful, lacking the confidence needed to persevere spiritual battles and challenges that can come in ministry. To keep going, we need to get beyond our own insecurities by putting our confidence in Someone stronger than ourselves and greater that all spiritual forces.

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  1. We tend to flounder, not knowing what direction to take. To consistently maintain proper priorities and not get sidetracked in ministry, we need help from Someone capable of seeing the big picture.

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  1. We fall short, never able to perfectly meet the standards of a Holy God, even when we give our best. To truly make a difference, despite our weaknesses, we need His grace to bridge the gap, to do what we cannot do.

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For more about God’s power in ministry, click on the related posts below.

Ministry God’s Way

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Serving God’s way means we align with Him, use His means, and do it for His glory. God provides the power and equipping resources to effectively serve Him through His Word, His Son, and His Spirit. When we look to God as both our Source and Sustenance in ministry, we accomplish all we do under God’s leading and power rather than leaning on our own understanding and efforts.

What It Means to Do Ministry God’s Way

Doing Ministry God’s Way Requires Aligning with Him

  • Scripture teaches us all we need to know about God and His ways. (Ps. 18:21-22, 30-31; 25:4-5; 86:11; 119:15; Prov. 2:1-6)
  • Jesus, as God Incarnate, provided a tangible demonstration of who God is and how He works. (Jn. 1:18; Heb. 1:3)
  • The Spirit continues to teach us and remind us of what we need to know. (Jn. 14:26; 16:13; Col. 1:9-10)

Doing Ministry God’s Way Can Only Happen Using His Means

  • All Scripture is useful and thoroughly equips us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rom. 15:14)
  • All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil. 4:13; Jn. 15:1-5)
  • All fleshly and spiritual hurdles can be overcome by walking in the Spirit. (Gal. 5)

Doing Ministry God’s Way Makes It About Him, Not Us

  • It’s God’s Word that generates faith, not us. (Rom. 10:17)
  • It’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves, not us. (Rom. 1:16)
  • It’s the Spirit who enables people to understand the things of God, not us. (1 Cor. 2:13-16)

Doing Ministry God’s Way Results in Eternal Impact and Fruitfulness

  • Scripture will not return void. (Is. 55:11)
  • Apart from Christ we can do nothing. (Jn. 15:5)
  • The Spirit bears fruit within us, not merely external results. (Gal. 5:22-25)

Aspects of Doing Ministry God’s Way

Click on links below that address different aspects of ministry in ways that make serving about God and what He does.

Ministry Alignment: Lining Up Ministry with God’s Character & Ways
Ministry Effectiveness: Measuring Ministry according to God’s Standards
Ministry Empowerment: Doing Ministry Through God’s Wisdom, Grace, & Power
Ministry Focus: Putting the Attention on God, Not Ourselves
Ministry Methodology: Trusting God, Not the Form
Ministry Objectives: Aiming at What Matters to God
Ministry Perseverance: Being Sustained & Strengthened by God to Keep Serving
Ministry Qualities: Being God’s Servant
Ministry Recruitment: Getting the Person of God’s Choosing
Ministry Teamwork: Serving according to God’s Design
Ministry Training: Equipping God’s People

Studying the Character of God Helps Us in Ministry

Studying the Character of God Our Mighty Fortress

The Ministry Worker’s Devotional: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God likens the individual attributes of God to rocks upon which we can stand. Put all those rocks together and we have a mighty fortress in our God! With all we have coming against us in ministry, it only makes sense, then, that we study the character of God.

How Studying the Character of God Benefits Us in Ministry

Knowing God in the fullness of who He is, His character and ways, leads to a healthy, reverential fear of God that will provide you with the following:

A base from which to make wise decisions. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. What should be priority? From all the good choices, which is best?

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (See Ps. 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 9:10; 15:33)

A standard to keep you on course. In ministry it is so easy to hop on the bandwagon of current ministry trends or fads. The broad way is not always the right way for you (Matt. 7:13-14; Prov. 14:12).

To the one who fears the Lord, “He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” (See Ps. 25:12; 33:8-11)

A compass for morality. Just because you are in Christian ministry doesn’t mean you will avoid temptations. The lure to follow the ways of the world is great. The pull of the flesh can be strong. The tendencies to boast won’t let go.

“Through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.” (See Prov. 8:13-14; 16:6; 23:17)

A means to a life worth living. Sometimes ministry brings little earthly reward or applause. When you fear the Lord, you can rise above and find meaning, contentment, and satisfaction nonetheless.

“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.” (See Prov. 10:27; 14:27; 19:23; 22:4)

A bolster to confident living. Security breeds confidence. If you rest in the power and protection of the Lord, you can firmly stand and move out with competence knowing He will be there for you. He is your sufficiency.

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress.” (See Prov. 14:26)

A source of comfort and hope in times of trouble. Things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes you will make mistakes. Sometimes you will meet with opposition. You have an enemy who wants to thwart God’s plan in your life and ministry. But, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

“The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, … to deliver them …” (See Ps. 22:23-24; 33:18-22; 34:7)

A path to intimacy with God. Do you want to know God’s ways? Do you want to know His will? Get to know His heart. Get to know His character. Get to know who He is.

“The Lord confides in those who fear him.” (See Ps. 25:14)

Check out the Ministry Workers Devotional for how specific character traits of God relate to serving.

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