Stay Connected With Christ

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. —John 15:4

Meaningful ministry takes time and sacrifice. It can drain the body physically and emotionally. After years of ministry, any intelligent, capable person can expound on the scripture and maintain at least a facade of sincerity. While others may still be edified, the deep spark of anointing and fire may be missing and ministry can become a sterile, static job to fulfill.Read more

Living of the Gospel

Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. —I Corinthians 9:13-14

Ministers should never solicit funds for their own personal use but should have faith in the God that called them to minister. It is vital that ministers not labor for filthy lucre nor for a salary but with a willing heart and mind for the edification of souls.Read more

Stand Fast in the Liberty

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. —Galatians 5:1

Paul was entreating the Christians to stand fast in the freedom and liberty that they had in Christ Jesus. He was not encouraging them to live shoddy, unholy lives but was cautioning them to not be entangled with the yoke and bondage of the law.Read more

Humanity of the Presbytery

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; —2 Corinthians 3:5

It is a high calling to be part of the presbytery. Ministers are to be qualified, spiritual leaders and examples; and the body of believers is to esteem them highly and to give honor to their God-given position. It is also very important to remember the humanity of the presbytery.Read more

Separated Unto the Gospel

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” —Romans 1:1

There is no greater call than to be a servant of Jesus Christ. It is an honor and a privilege to do the bidding of the King of kings and Lord of lords instead of pursuing the things of this world. Ministering to the lost and to the household of faith is not just a job or a career choice, it is a divine calling from the Lord.

The Spirit of the Lord is still calling saints to the work of the ministry. While every call of God is a little different, He is still looking for those who will fully consecrate their heart, time, and energy to the work of the gospel. Paul was separated unto the gospel of God. He was called to leave the course of this world and was set apart to fulfill a life-time call of ministry. There may be a time and place in the Lord for part-time ministry but there is no place for part-time consecration. There remains a need in this present generation for ministers to separate themselves from the cares that bind them to this world and give themselves entirely to the gospel efforts at home and abroad.

If you have been called of God and have been separated unto the gospel, be of good courage and stay faithful in time of need, for your Master will take care of you.
—mws