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Power Of Call To Teach

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Rosenort EMC Church

Ministers and Deacons Mtg. Devotional

February 29, 2000

Introduction

Privilege to spend this evening with you.

Rudy Brandt’s comment about ministry

Have had a chance to think about if I want to do this

No church for 7 months. Does God still want me to be a minister?

Would like to talk about the call we have to ministry.

I. The Call Of God

When we read James 3:1,2 we might wonder.

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”

Danger, teaching what is wrong, Doctrinal deviation.

Danger, human nature, “we all stumble in many ways.” Ethical deviation

“don’t be a pastor, preacher unless you have to” taught in seminary, in commentary.

Will be judged more strictly: Mt. 23:1-33.

James includes himself in the warning. “we will be judged more strictly…”

It is a scary thing to be a pastor.

Yet …Cf. Necessity of Paul. I Cor. 9:16.

Yet a gift of the ascended Lord, Eph 4:11

 

II. What Is Your Call?

We are people who have sensed that call to ministry. How have you experienced it? What has God called you to do?

How I experienced the call to ministry

Desire to do God’s work

Attending university, desire to go into business. Only thing I could really sell was the gospel.

Went to seminary

Call of my home church

Surprised by strong affirmation the first time I preached

II Timothy 4:1-5 became important to me, a “call verse”

To Timothy from Paul

Basis of charge: In the presence of God and Christ, His coming judgement., appearing and kingdom.

                Both warning and encouragement form the basis of the call.

Charge: Preach

Details:  The Word

                In season and out

                Correct – appeal to reason

                Rebuke - appeal to conscience

                Encourage  - appeal to will

                With patience and careful instruction

Reason: Loss of sound doctrine.

Other tasks:          Keep your head

                Endure hardship

                Do the work of an evangelist

                                Discharge the duties of ministry.

My specific call

My heart is stirred to proclaim God’s truth

To comfort, challenge, correct

Accurately, relevantly and creatively.

I see the need of good solid Bible teaching.

Followed God’s call, it has become more specific and stronger.

I have learned that I am not just a teacher.

I am learning to extend pastoral care.

I am learning to do the work of an evangelist.

I am learning to lead.

I am learning to give spiritual leadership.

III. How Do We Carry Out Our Call?

In the best way possible.

                I Corinthians 3:10-15

In Faithfulness

                I Corinthians 4:2

Conclusion

A humbling and sobering thing to be under the call of God. I recognize my inadequacy and my responsibility. Want to do it in dependence on God and with faithfulness. What about you?

Prayer

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