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Preparing for Spiritual Service
Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church

Posted on 10/06/2017 2:51:29 AM PDT by metmom

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable . . . that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Scripture equips you for spiritual service.

Each week I have the privilege of interacting with more than one hundred students at The Master's Seminary. One of my greatest joys is seeing their determination to do God's work in God's way.

That attitude is the key to success in ministry, as Joshua learned when he assumed leadership over the Israelites after Moses' death. At that point, God said to him, "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" (Josh. 1:8).

This is how Paul described spiritual success to Timothy: "In pointing out [the things I have said] to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following" (1 Tim. 4:6).

"Servant" speaks of one who oversees and dispenses the goods and property of another. A good spiritual servant is one who knows and dispenses God's Word. Whatever level of ministry you pursue, you must conform to biblical teaching. To do that, you must know what God says about ministering to His people.

I've met many people who love the Lord and want desperately to serve Him effectively, but haven't taken time to learn the principles that govern spiritual ministry. Consequently they're ill-prepared and in some cases unwittingly participating in activities that actually violate God's Word.

Don't let that happen to you. God's Word supplies all the strength, instruction, and comfort you need to serve Christ properly. Study it thoroughly and follow it closely.

Suggestions for Prayer

Thank God for every ministry opportunity He gives you. Ask Him to help you see any areas of your service that might need to be corrected, and then respond accordingly. For Further Study

According to Philippians 1:12-18, is it possible to minister with impure motives? Explain.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: gty

1 posted on 10/06/2017 2:51:29 AM PDT by metmom
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Studying God’s Word ping


2 posted on 10/06/2017 2:51:55 AM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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To: metmom

one of my ministries forced upon me as an unwilling and upset servant is a disabled adult child, so God, if you care, turn up the volume. Quit this stupid whispering. It’s hard to hear You above the din.


3 posted on 10/06/2017 3:56:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: metmom
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable

"inspired" is such a poor translation. The literal is "God breathed", or "filled with the breath of God".

4 posted on 10/06/2017 8:37:35 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: yldstrk

I hear you.

God has been stubbornly silent about an issue I have been dealing with.


5 posted on 10/07/2017 5:02:35 PM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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