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A HANDBOOK FOR MINISTERS WHO DESIRE
By SAMUEL M. SMITH
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IT IS a noble and worthy calling, indeed. But why do you want
to be a minister?
1 See page 37.
It is interesting to notice that in the very first word of instruction to Timothy after the greeting from his elder brother and mentor in the ministry, Paul says, “...charge some that they teach no other doctrine. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” The prophet Jeremiah and Jesus both spent considerable time preaching, teaching and pronouncing against false teachers and preachers whom Jesus likened to teachers having itching ears and both He and Jeremiah also referred to and spoke woe to “as shepherds that lead God’s flock astray.” Peter speaks of their doctrines in 2 Peter 1:16 as “...cunningly devised fables.” (See also, 2 Corinthians 11:3,4; Galatians 1:6-10.)
Today, as in Bible days, false doctrines abound. Some are relatively harmless and only raise unnecessary questions that waste time on non-essential matters that could better be spent in outreach to the lost and teaching sound, sure doctrine, others bring up questions of who is whose son, either spiritually or literally, and still others are serious, striking at the very fundamentals of the doctrine taught and preached by Jesus and the Apostles. We will not spend long, but a brief outline of the original doctrines of the Apostles is included in this book in the chapter called How to Preach Anointed Sermons. Of the most
|deadly false doctrines are those that gratify the feeling or give a
confidence that one has met God’s requirements when in fact those requirements
have not been met.
Jesus sent out seventy ministers two by two to go before Him into the places He planned to go to. All too often, we fail to evangelize our neighborhoods and communities because we do not follow this example, and certain cults see great growth because they do follow that example of Jesus.
Always, always, do your best for Jesus. He is not satisfied with anything less than your sincere and real best. In fact, if you go back to the original Greek and Hebrew words translated “sin”, sin is really just falling short of God’s plan and purpose for your life. (See page 47) And you, as a minister are being looked to, not only by your own church members, but by your community as a whole, as an example of our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself! (See 1 Peter 2:21.) Always remember that you stand in the place of Jesus as His undershepherd, and that more than any other person in your locality, you have the duty and obligation to be as faithful a reflection of Him as your human body can possibly be.
You should know several things discussed in this book which 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. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s people in general have sickened and grown tired of the empty moralizing and legalism of the organized church in general. They are looking for some real reason why they should attend church and worship a stern heavenly Father up on a throne waiting to judge them and send them to hell. The Gospel, the Good News, is that “God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). And that all should come to repentance and be filled with a new nature with power to overcome evil, sin and sickness.
From very early in the Bible, there have been those who through dedication and consecration to God have carried His message to all who would listen. Noah preached holiness to the Lord, but was ridiculed and then spared the judgement God sent upon the ungodly. All through the book of Judges, there were those who spoke out for God, and of course we remember Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, David, Nathan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, and the so-called minor prophets such as Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, and so on.
In the New Testament, we have first John the Baptist, then the Apostles, especially, Peter, Paul, John, Matthew, James and Jude who declared the wonderful Good News of Jesus coming to earth, living, becoming our perfect sacrifice and returning to glory to be forever our intercessor. And we have Timothy and Titus, as well as the unnamed Ethiopian eunuch and the seventy Jesus sent out early in His ministry, who also went forth, sent to proclaim the Love of God.
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(See the Ordination service under Standard Ceremonies for the authority of the ministry.)
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YOU may be “on call” twenty-four hours a day for seven days a week and
three hundred sixty-five and a quarter days a year and your wife and children
will sometimes wonder if you don’t think more of everyone else in the church
than of them.
|When a member of your family backslides, it hurts your credibility
as a minister who can give sound advice to others in the same situation,
even though you have done all you know to keep that one close to the Lord,
and may have learned some real insights into how Satan works through the
And God forbid that you are ever divorced from the first person you marry, because there will be those that will dispute your right and authority to be a minister because you are not “the husband of one wife.” This will be especially true if you have remarried, and even more so if you have remarried since you were filled with the Holy Spirit or become a minister. However, if the Apostle Paul was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, as many Bible scholars say, then he also had to have been married, but obviously, he was not living with any wife while on his missionary journeys, and referred to his single state in 1 Corinthians 7:7. Many a God-called, anointed minister has been shoved out of the ministry by his fellow ministers and church members because an unfaithful wife divorced him and he was unable to stand the single life and remarried.
Another family situation Satan throws at God’s ministers is the rebellious child who misbehaves in church, shows no respect for the house of God, and grows up to be identified with the more serious sins. This can seriously undermine that minister’s own faith and at the same time keep others from entrusting him to guide them in how to overcome the same situation in their own families.
I cannot overstate the importance of effectual, fervent prayer, the systematic study of God’s Word and setting the example for your family to follow. A great many, if not most ministers get so busy doing the necessary things for God that we cannot find time to get alone with God in our closets of prayer and do not realize that prayer is more than asking God to meet needs. It also includes His talking to us, both through His printed word and by His Spirit in tongues, interpretation, prophecy and the still small voice within us. But while we are too busy to pray and study His Word as we ought, we are also usually too busy to spend time with our wives and children and they then begin to feel neglected, setting them up as a target. Satan can then tempt them with the idea that you really don’t care about them and that they deserve better. If God was really real and a God of love, he wouldn’t make you work so hard for Him that you couldn’t spend time with your family. In fact, it is often at this point that he will throw in a little scripture (out of context, of course) and say, “The Bible says that he that provideth not for his own is worse than an infidel.” (A slight mis-quotation of 1 Timothy 5:8.)
It is vitally important that as a minister, you MUST spend time with your family in a loving and caring situation, demonstrating to them above all, the kind of love Jesus Christ has for His church. Showing them the JOY of the Lord and how to enjoy the goodness of God through nature, sports, good food, and whatever else is appropriate to your Christian testimony and witness. In so doing, you will accomplish two things: 1. Keep your family together in peace and love; and 2. Set an example of how enjoyable it is to live for our Lord Jesus Christ and show up Satan’s lie that makes the Christian life seem a drudgery to people out in the world.
If you are already experiencing attacks by Satan in any of the areas of life mentioned above, by all means make time to get alone with God, the world forbidden, and let Him direct your paths. And if the problem is in your own family relations, try to reflect the love of Jesus as you show each member of your family your own love.
It is of crucial importance that, as a minister, you realize that people will be watching you constantly, ready to accuse you of any mistake they can spot, to make themselves look better. True Bible holiness must be evident in your life. Holiness bespeaks purity, cleanness, living pure and wholly consecrated to God with a sense of His Total Perfection. Unfortunately, many of our fellow ministers have gotten bogged down in a holiness of clothing standards which is much like the doctrines of the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. Holiness.and modesty are often seen as what a person wears, rather than why a person wears this or that, which is what God looks at. Study what the Bible says, in the context in which it says it. Modesty, by definition, is that which sets you apart least, and the commandments about clothing and jewelry in 1 Timothy 2:9 and 1 Peter 3:1-4 are both telling wives to win their husbands to the Lord, not by what they wear, but by their godly conduct and conversation. You lose much credibility in your community by placing standards on your people which the people of the community see as silliness and not holiness. The holiness that honors God is that of love, joy, peace and longsuffering toward your fellow man and an awed reverence for the righteousness and purity of a highly exalted heavenly Father.
No, the ministry is not all fun. It is a daily battle with Satan, but with Jesus by your side, you can know the joy of overcoming Satan and winning the victory. At first, Satan will be sending out his buck privates and lower eschelon soldiers against you, but as you, with Jesus, prove you can overcome them, he sends increasingly higher ranks against you, but less and less often, because he doesn’t like to get beaten, either! What a joy it is to struggle with a General in Satan’s army and through the blood, anointing and power of Jesus to send that demon packing!
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The Original Apostle's Power
Miracles come by earnest, effectual fervent prayer in response
to unshakable faith in the properly understood and applied promises of
|that Peter and John did not have the power. Nor yet would it have meant
that Jesus did not pay for that man’s healing when He suffered the Roman
cat o’nine tails whip on His back . (See Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24).
• A good rule for you to follow when you first move into
a community is to learn what procedure you need to follow to be legally
able to perform weddings, funerals, and any other legal function of a minister
of the Gospel recognized in that community. Many opportunities to reach
out to the lost in your community can be gained if you also let it be known
you are available for dedications of buildings, parks, flagpoles, invocations
and benedictions at community and civic events and even sports events.
You should, of course, register with the nearest hospital(s) and let them
know you will be glad to come at any time to pray for the sick, counsel
and advise those in emotional or mental distress or comfort the bereaved.
You should also learn which funeral homes have a reputation for honest
dealings and reasonable prices, so that you can recommend them to families
of your church who lose a loved one. It is almost unbelievable the number
of unscrupulous salesmen who will swoop on the family and try to sell them
everything from overpriced caskets and cemetery lots to newspaper clipping
service and living memorials of all sorts. While there is honest need for
most, if not all these things, there are also reputable funeral homes which
can and will provide every needed service at a price which is substantially
below what the rip-off artists charge for the same or poorer service after
all the “add-ons” have been added on.
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