Carpenter's Way Ministries
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?
Mark 6:3, KJV
How did a carpenter directly impact people's everyday lives?
CARPENTERS BUILT HOUSING
As wood was scarce in the Middle East, a carpenter often also served as a builder creating shelter and protection against environmental hardships. The love and grace given to us by Jesus Christ defends us from the evils of the world.
CARPENTERS MADE PLOWS AND YOKES
Carpenters would build plows and yokes so that people could till their fields and grow food to feed and sustain them. The Word of God provides nourishment and keeps our spirit from starvation. In turn we sow and spread the message of Jesus Christ to the world.
CARPENTERS MADE TOOLS AND UTENSILS
People would come to carpenters to make their tools and household utensils. These items were prized for their utility and greatly enhanced the quality of life. We are God's tools to use. Our purpose is to share his message of hope and salvation with others.
CARPENTERS REPAIRED BROKEN ITEMS
Carpenters would also be responsible for repairing broken items. The gift of God's sacrifice is that we will find healing through the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. His promise will fix the brokenness of humanity and restore hope and joy to the world.
The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour;
thou savest me from violence. (2 Samuel 22:3, KJV)
For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown. (Ezekiel 36:9, KJV)
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21, KJV)
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;
and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 25:8, KJV)
Jesus touched lives personally or through small gatherings with his group of disciples. He taught by the example of his life interacting with those he encountered in very normal, mundane ways. He shared meals. He tended the sick. He talked about people's troubles and daily experiences. He changed hearts and lives one by one, day in and day out. He shared his love and hope always.
We, too, are here to help people.
- To help them find Jesus.
- To help them find a better life.
- To help them find salvation.
WE ASPIRE TO FOLLOW IN THE EXAMPLE OF THE CARPENTER'S WAY.