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“Ministers are servants.”- C.H. Spurgeon

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)

Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. – Exodus 30:30 (NIV)

Ministers are servants of the Lord.   They are called by God to serve God.  Ministers answer their calling by answering to God.  Paul addressed such a notion in his epistle to the Galatians when he wrote: I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12, NIV).

 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ
– Galatians 1:12 (NIV)

Where you get your message from makes a difference.  If it came from man, then man could dictate and determine what the message should be and how it should be delivered.  Yet, since it comes from God, man has nothing to say about it that should make a difference.  Protocol and deference make for some troubling encounters when we put them before the priority of what God says to us.  Where our message stems from makes a huge difference in how we deliver and disseminate our message.

13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. 14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) 21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. 23 But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God in me. – Galatians 1:13-24 (NKJV)

What you do with the message makes a big difference, too.  Paul went forth with his message and did something with it.  He worked with the Word.  He told the Corinthians how he did not approach them in eloquence of speech but simply preached Christ.  He had a message and a mission, and he stuck to his guns with both.

Ministers have serious work to do with God’s people.  Ministers are called to minister, to serve.  When we serve as ministers, we serve the Lord with our fullest and finest.  We give it our all and we give it all over to God.  As we give it our all, we give all praise, honor and glory to God.  We put everything into God’s hands, even ourselves, fully trusting Him to lead us and guide us as we seek to do His work.

Ministers are servants.

Read more about the priesthood in Exodus 28 & 29.

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All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness– 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

We are called to inspire the others around us, especially those within the church.  We do so when we teach, preach and train those within the church to live by the Word of God and do God’s will through good works.  We are endowed with such gifts to inspire others to do what God calls them to do.

We give inspiration in some major ways:

  • Education
  • Edification
  • Exhortation

The people under your spiritual leadership should learn the way of the Lord through the Word of the Lord.  You are called to teach them, to equip them for the work, and to strengthen them in their faith as they learn to do good works.  That comes with the calling.  It is the responsibility of the leader to ensure that those within their own flock are equipped for the work of the ministry

That is exactly what Paul was sharing with both Timothy and Titus.  We call them the pastoral epistles today.  They reveal how Paul was trying to teach these two newly appointed pastors on their jobs.  He wanted them to be certain to teach the people as they should be taught.

As spiritual leaders, we need to be sure to ensure that people are: educated, equipped and empowered by the Word of God.

Have you made sure that your people have been educated?

Have you take even precaution to ensure that your people have been equipped properly with the right training?

Have you exhausted your resources of time and energy to make certain that every member under your leadership has been empowered to do what needs to be done within your ministry?

These are the types of questions that we need to ask of ourselves in order to strengthen the body of Christ in the Word of the Lord.  Use some of Life Path’s training materials to help with equipping your ministry.  Also, check out some of the inspirational poetry offered on our storefront as a means of kicking off your ministry meeting or a focal point for a Bible lesson in Sunday school.  Use all of what is available to you to inspire those who serve under your leadership.

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Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach.
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
– 1 Corinthians 9:16 (NIV)


The shame is on us as believers.

Yeah, I know.  You might disagree with me.  You may say that I am on one.  You can even say that I am headed down the wrong road.

You can argue against what I have to say all that you want to, folks.

You cannot argue against God or His Word.

For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.- Acts 4:20 (NIV)

And the gospel must first be published among all nations. – Mark 13:10 (NIV)

And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. – Luke 9:6 (NIV)

And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.- Acts 8:25 (NIV)

And there they preached the gospel. – Acts 14:7 (NIV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.- Romans 1:16 (NIV)

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 1 Corinthians 1:17 (NIV)

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. – 1 Peter 1:25 (NIV)

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You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.- Titus 2:1 (NIV)

Paul tasks his “true son” in the ministry to teach “sound doctrine.” he doesn’t fumble around with eloquent words and metaphors.  He says that Titus needs to teach it and teach it straight, just as the Lord laid it out. 

What if every pastor did like Paul and shared that with a younger pastor? What if that was the gut-check before every Sunday sermon and every Wednesday night Bible study? Is this sound doctrine? Just imagine that.

What we need to do as ministers is truly pray for ourselves and our fellow bearers of the Word.  We have to be on guard and prepared for the attack.  We have to watch ourselves so that our feet do not slip upon the slippery slope of compromise and conservatism.

Keep the doctrine sound.  Watch what you teach.  Keep an eye on what others are teaching the Good Shepherd’s sheep.  Some folks just want to stir up the flock and create an uproar.  Cut them off and clear things up.  Keep it sound.  Do not let anything corrupt or contaminate the doctrine as it has been given by God as His Word.

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3 Be sure to pray that God will make a way for us to spread his message and explain the mystery about Christ, even though I am in jail for doing this. 4 Please pray that I will make the message as clear as possible. – Colossinas 4:3-4 (CEV)

I have to admit that I have fallen madly in love with some biblical passages.  They just send spiritual tingles all through me at the mere mention of them.

Psalm 1:1-6; Isaiah 53; John 5:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11-18

Yet, Paul’s plea for prayer in Colossians has a different type of ring to it.  To Thessalonians, Paul urged them to pray without ceasing.  To the Ephesians, Paul  encouraged them to never stop praying for others and the ministryIn fact, Paul even shared with the Philippians that they should pray about everything.  Yet, when he speaks to the believers at Colossae, Paul encourages, entreats and edifies them as faithful believers of this common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He seeks more than a simple: “Pray for us.” Paul wants some prayer warriors to dig in and pray for them as presenters of the gospel message.

I love it.  It gets me all excited inside.  Paul wants folks to get worked up in prayer, so that a door may be found open for the presentation of the Good News.

Paul makes his request in this manner:

  • With His Brothers and Sisters as His Support
    • Be sure to pray… verse 3
    • Please pray… verse 4
    • Support strengthens us to stand it a little longer and stick it out
  • With God as His Source
    • …that God will make a way… verse 3
    • You need some earthly support, but you have to depend on an eternal source- God Almighty
    • Paul understood that and shared as much in his request for prayer
  • With the Right Spiritual Attitude
    • to spread his message and explain the mystery about Christ, even though I am in jail for doing this. verse 3
    • …that I will make the message as clear as possible. verse 4

Paul doesn’t request the trustees to put some money on his books with the jailer.  He doesn’t say send pen and paper.  No, he doesn’t request the Colossian bar association members to work on his appeal pro bono.  He doesn’t demand that the deacons take up a collection and send it by way of Timothy post-haste.  No, that’s not Paul’s modus operandi.  That’s not why he makes his prayer request.

He’s in jail and still has a heart to reach others for Christ.  His request is about Christ’s message that freed him from sin, so he is not thrown off by being in physical bondage.  He has been freedom from the clutches of sin and can freely share about it.

Paul understood that Christ suffered for his soul’s sake.  Thus, he embraced the opportunity to suffer for the sake of the souls of the new converts.  He suffered freely for the church, the body of Christ, because he understood that his sacrifice would lead to others hearing the message and coming to know the Lord.

We need more sacrificial messengers.  We are in dire need of more suffering saints who will pray for open opportunities to share and spread the Good News about Jesus Christ.

I just love it.

“All that God requires of us is an opportunity to show what He can do.”- D.L. Moody

We will continue with From Eden to Egypt on 12/3/10

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12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Outreach Magazine May/June 2008 Issue (5th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year, Volume 7, Number 3)
There is an open opportunity for out-of-the-ordinary outreach today.  People can reach out in all sorts of ways through various multimedia mediums such as social networking and viral marketing platforms.  You can make difference through community-based programs such as CDF Freedom Schools or AmeriCorps.  You can use traditional VBS or Christian youth camp.  You just need to put your trust in the Lord to lead you into the endeavor that He has for you to undertake.
Think through your next move.  Pray over your outreach opportunities.  Make the most of everything that will expand your demographic diversity.  Partner with other organizations to streamline your outreach resources for a singular focus.  You don’t gain any ground by remaining in the same place and not making any changes.
Visit National Outreach Convention for a special resource information.

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Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.- Colossians 1:28 (ESV)

Preaching has a basic point.  Lead people to Christ.  We do that by word and deed.  Our preaching should be made up of what we say and do in His name. 

The whole point is to point people to Christ.

Christ should be the main character discussed in what we say.  He should be imitated by what we do.  People should come to know Christ as they are getting to know us.

 Paul spoke of being “made a minister” and sharing the Good News with the Gentiles in Colossians 1:25-27.  Yet, he also claims that preaching the message should include two things: warning and teaching.  In essence, we should preach so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  Preach in such a way that the people may be presented “mature” in Christ.  It should grow your people.

We need to preach Christ.  Paul simplified it down so much that it would seem that we know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.   The point of our preaching should be Christ and Christ’s work in our salvation.  Let your preaching speak profoundly about Christ. Let your preaching serve as a means for others learning about and living like Christ. 

The point of our preaching is to share Christ as Lord and Savior, a means for one obtaining eternal life.

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