Archive for the ‘Ministry’ Category

CAN GOD USE YOU AND YOUR PASSIONS?

May 23, 2014

“God can use a man like Jonah far more than He can use a spineless, compromising one. ‘I would thou wert cold or hot,’ the Lord said to the Laodiceans (Revelation 3: 15). In spite of his many faults, Jonah was just the man for Nineveh. Nobody else would do. Likewise God can use us, no matter what our temperamental strengths and weaknesses might be. He has a place for all of us in His plan, whether we are impetuous like Peter, crafty like Jacob, meek like Moses, or headstrong like Jonah. But first He must extinguish our passions, which are too often set on fire by Hell, and then rekindle them with fire from on high. God does not try to make a Peter out of a Paul, a Samson out of a Samuel, or a Moses out of a Joshua. God takes people as He finds them, changes them, and then uses them. Jonah is the classic Biblical example of how God does His perfect work with an imperfect instrument.”

John Phillips

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Psalms 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1 Peter 4:10-11 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

You can’t do everything!

February 16, 2014

“Very little is done right when it is left to other people.”

– Charles Spurgeon

“Well, dear friend, it goes without saying that if you managed things, they would be managed perfectly; but, you see, you cannot do everything, and therefore you must trust somebody.”

– Charles Spurgeon

Exodus 18:17-25 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Proclaiming and explaining the Word

February 14, 2014

Moreover, instead of confronting the world with the truth of Christ, the market-driven megachurches are enthusiastically promoting the worst trends of secular culture. Feeding people’s appetite for entertainment only exacerbates the problems of mindless emotion, apathy, and materialism. Quite frankly, it is difficult to conceive of a ministry philosophy more contradictory to the pattern our Lord gave us.
Proclaiming and explaining the Word for the maturing and holiness of believers should be the heart of every church’s ministry. If the world looks at the church and sees an entertainment center, we’re sending the wrong message. If Christians view the church as an amusement parlor, the church will die. One dear woman, struggling in a church that has embraced all the modern fads, recently complained, “When is the church going to stop trying to entertain the goats and get back to feeding the sheep?”

– John MacArthur (1993). Ashamed of the gospel : When the Church becomes like the world

Christian bookstore

February 13, 2014

“A well-run Christian bookstore can be a powerful and important ministry, and I believe that it is nearly essential today that churches set up their own bookstores. Even if there is a Christian bookstore in the area, it is more than probable that it contains many books that are doctrinally unsound.”

“What was true in the prophet Hosea’s day is true in our day. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Too many members of … churches lack an effective and foundational knowledge of the Bible and are ill-equipped to deal with the slew of heresies that we are facing in these last days.”

“A well-run, well-stocked, well-promoted bookstore can go a long way toward correcting this problem.”

– David Cloud

Evangelism

February 13, 2014

“One thing I have observed in all my years of ministry is that the most effective and important aspects of evangelism usually take place on an individual, personal level. Most people do not come to Christ as an immediate response to a sermon they hear in a crowded setting. They come to Christ because of the influence of an individual.”

– John MacArthur

Devotion

February 13, 2014

No one ever lost out by excessive devotion to Christ.

– Harry Ironside

Opposition

February 13, 2014

“If you have no opposition in the place you serve, you’re serving in the wrong place.”

– G. Campbell Morgan

Great work of God

February 13, 2014

“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”

– Hudson Taylor

Ministry …

February 13, 2014

“It isn’t the cleverness of our methods, the techniques of our ministry, or the wit of our sermons that puts power in our testimony. It is obedience to a holy God and faithfulness to His righteous standard in our daily lives.
We must wake up. The down-grade is a dangerous place to be. We cannot afford to be indifferent. We cannot continue our mad pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. We are called to fight a spiritual battle, and we cannot win by appeasing the enemy.”

– John MacArthur