Have you ever had the feeling sometimes that ministry is like walking a tight rope? I know I have-especially in those early days of pastoring when I had so little experience, and a whole lot of zeal. There are so many complexities when working with people who are carrying burdens or stuck in the mire of sin. Leading has many challenges, and if we are not careful, Continue reading “NOT BY CONSTRAINT (FOR PASTORS)”
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
This past week, I concluded a lengthy series of messages entitled, “THE BATTLE”. It was a study on spiritual warfare from Ephesians Chapter 6. In the concluding message, I taught on the subject of “Overcoming Strongholds” in the Christian life. We all have strongholds that Satan has fortified in our lives, but Christ’s sufficiency has ALREADY given us overcoming power to get victory AND live in victory!
Ministry really is a puzzle on a magnificent scale. Putting the pieces in order AND keeping each of those pieces together can be challenging at times, especially if you have a multifaceted ministry. Pieces of that puzzle include daily time with God in prayer and study, preparing messages, various administrative duties, finances, staff meetings, soulwinning, visitation, counseling, and the list goes on and on. I can also say that having a Christian school multiplies that list threefold.
One of the biggest parts of succeeding in ministry is learning how to bring all of the pieces of the ministry puzzle together in oneness and unity to accomplish the greater purpose of reaching the lost.
The Apostle Paul reveals, what I consider to be one of the most powerful principles Continue reading “Making The Puzzle Of Ministry A Portrait”