Rom. 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. The term "minister" translates the Greek term "leitourgos" and refers to a public official and thus a public ministry. It is used of Government officials and of the Preists in the Temple doing their public ministry. The term "ministering" translates the Greek term "hierougeo" and refers to the ministry of the preist offering up sacrifices. Now, Neither Paul is a literal Preist any more than the genitles are literal sacrifices. However, it is the analogy of the preistly offering up of sacrifices in the temple that is being applied to the ministry of the gospel. Peter likens the New Testament congregation as analogous to the "temple" being composed of living stones that assemble to offer up spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable unto God. Thus he moves from the analogy of living stones to a "royal preisthood" in the public worship of God. Hebrews 13:15-17 also makes this same analogy of the public worship under the leadership of the ordained (Heb. 13:7, 17) offering up spiritual sacrifices unto God. It would appear that all our public service, preaching, teaching, singing, giving, serving, doing good can be accepted as spiritual offerings unto God if its is made acceptable unto God. In Romans 15:16 what makes Paul's sacrifices acceptable unto God is the work of the Holy Spirit sanctifying, separating the gentiles apart unto faith in the gospel. We know that the word of God sanctifies or sets apart believers unto God (Jn. 17:17). What would make our service not "acceptable unto God"? How does this analogy affect your conscious public service for God? What would God require to make your public service "holy" and acceptable to God? - Rom. 12:1 List those things that New Testament scripture views as spiritual "sacrifices"