|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
Yours for Jesus‘ sake,
Samuel M. Smith
THE UP WAY
We believe that true facts are the basis for all knowledge and
understanding. We believe the Bible is true because it works, and has withstood
the test of time and scientific, geographic and historic accuracy.
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
1. Who is speaking?
2. To whom is he speaking?
3. Is the author of that verse of scripture the
person speaking, or is he quoting someone
4. Is that particular passage an unsolicited
instruction, or is it a specific answer to a specific
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.