A couple of times, Paul calls himself a “servant” of the gospel:
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. (Ephesians 3:7 ESV)
He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:22-23)
Now, in these passages, the ESV translates the word for “servant” as “minister.” But, the words mean the same thing.
Paul saw himself as a servant of the good news of Jesus Christ.
What does it mean for Paul to be a servant of the gospel? Is this service specific to Paul? Is it specific to a certain sub-group of Christ’s followers (i.e. apostles, evangelists)? Or, are all believers to be servants of the gospel?