Monday, January 21, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 21st January 2013.

A photo of Scott open-airing at Huntington Beach lastweekend!

(Email from Scott in TX) “I recently dedicated my life to Christ and ended an 11 year addiction to pornography. I've been wrestling with the idea of going into full-time ministry. The one thing holding me back right now is I'm in debt and can't afford to go to seminary. I'm currently involved with [a ministry] which takes the gospel into local prisons in the Houston, TX and surrounding areas. I do this at least once a month. I'm really on fire for God right now but still not sure if full-time ministry is right for me. How did you know that full time ministry was God's call for your life?”

1) Is full-time ministry for you?
  • Pray!
  • Examine your heart. What is your motivation for considering ministry? Our heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Do you secretly yearn for the spotlight, the attention, power, to be in charge, pride, etc. Could it be a misguided attempt to be “more spiritual”? Or is it purely to serve God?
  • Get advice from godly leaders (especially your pastor).
Prov. 11:14: “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Prov. 15:22: “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”

2) Seminary isn’t necessarily necessary
  • God trains some via formal education; God trains some through watching sheep on a hillside. Paul received formal education from the famous teacher Gamaliel, Peter caught fish and was mentored by Jesus. 
  • You also have the comfort that if God wants you to have formal education through seminary He will provide the means to do it.
  • You mentioned serving in an outreach once a month. If you feel full-time ministry might be for you, I’d advise you get more involved. Get your feet wet. Serve in a ministry that will have you at church at least weekly.
  • After you’ve proven yourself faithful in serving weekly in a ministry, share your passion and ask if you could be mentored by a pastor. Learn, serve. As you get more along it may be clearer if this is God’s direction for you.
  • David learned what to do and what not to do under Saul. Depending on your age, family, etc. consider an internship at a church.
  • After being arrested for preaching Jesus and standing before the Sanhedrin (biblical scholars), Acts 4:12 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
  • Greatest advice to give for someone wanting to be used by God in any vocation, especially ministry is to be with Jesus. Seek Him and dig into His word.

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