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To Be A Minister

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Page numbers refer to page numbers in the original paperback printed book


Foreword....................   i
Why Do You Want To Be A Minister?.....  1
The Ministry Is Not All Fun!*..........  5
How To Have The Original Apostle's Power.. 13
How To Conduct Spiritual Services...... 21
How To Preach Anointed Sermons....... 27
How to Deal With Problems in the Church.. 35
The Importance of Music To The Service.... 45
Standard Ceremonies.............. 49
   Communion.................. 49
   Water Baptism................ 51
   Marriages................... 56
   Dedications (Babies)............. 69
   Dedications (Buildings)........... 78
   Benedictions.................. 79
   Ordination.................. 86
   Funerals................... 94
   Additional Resources............ 98



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To Be A Minister 


 BEING a minister of the Gospel, the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ is the highest calling any person can possibly have. Being filled with the POWER of the Holy Spirit is vital to your ability  to minister to the needs of those to whom you are sent by The Master.
  Several things you should know will help you to keep strong in faith, confidence and the power of the Holy Spirit and to minister that confidence in God to others, resulting in healing for the mind and body, spiritual and material blessings and Holy Ghost power to overcome all the wiles of Satan.
  While most of this book is intended to help you to move in the freedom, confidence, power and anointing of the work to which God has called you, some basic formats of certain types of service are included in the chapter titled Standard Ceremonies. Jesus gave the apostles a standard format for successful prayer known as “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Old Testament prophet Hosea told Israel, “Take with you words, and turn to the Lord and say to Him...”(Hosea 14:2). This is in no way endorsing ritualism, but the Apostle  Paul told us to do everything decently and in order. If you have performed fifty or a hundred weddings or funerals, you pretty well know what and how to do it, but if it is the first time for you, no matter how much you pray and await the leading of the Holy Spirit, you still may find that the basic formats offered here will give you additional confidence and peace of mind, as well as complying with various ordinances of the government.
   It is my prayer that this little book will be helpful to you and a resource to turn to when you need guidance in finding the will of the Lord in a formal situation, or don’tknow the appropriate form to follow for a wedding, funeral or other formal occasion.

Yours for Jesus‘ sake,

Samuel M. Smith


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  To obtain a right understanding of what God is trying to communicate to us. we must study everything the Bible says on the subject at hand, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. It is important to remember that the writers of the New Testament were so used to the Old Testament and its historical facts, its laws and the prophets that they often said things which cannot possibly be correctly  understood by anyone who is not also familiar or at least acquainted with the Old Testament. Jesus Himself, said He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). If this doctrine seems contrary  to the teaching of the church, we look up church history to discover if and when a change was made in that doctrine. A rule we apply to every scripture is to ask the following four questions:
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 4. Is that particular passage an unsolicited    instruction, or is it a specific answer to a    specific  question?
Example:  I Corinthians 7:1. "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me..." The Apostle Paul goes on to answer their questions rather directly as their overpastor in the next several chapters. He was not giving commandments directly from the Lord to people who were not already concerned with pleasing the Lord Jesus.

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