What kind of men does the church draw to and set apart for its official ministry? The answer to this question provides a sure index of the state of that church. In the light of this fact, few things are of greater importance in the practical life of any congregation or denomination than its understanding of what constitutes a biblical call to the work of the ministry. Those who are vitally concerned with raising the standard of general godliness and piety in our churches must be concerned with raising the standard for entrance into the Christian ministry.
A help to many over the years, these studies touch the heart of the Christian ministry. Pastor Martin begins these lectures by examining six wrong, though not uncommon, reasons for entering the gospel ministry and then moves to four essential elements of the call. The mental, spiritual and practical gifts required for the pastoral office are also examined.
This message examines Four Essential Elements that constitute a call to the Christian ministry.
1- A desire born of right motives to‚Ä¶ 2- Graces indicating genuine, mature‚Ä¶ 3- Gifts indicating divine‚Ä¶ 4- Opportunity indicating providential‚Ä¶
Also available in RealAudio¬ģ format on www.tbcnj.org.
This message (MI-A-2) is part of a series. Cassette tapes and CD's may be purchased through Trinity Book Service.
see also, ‚ÄúUnique Place of the Church in a Call to the Ministry‚ÄĚ sermonaudio sermon #6602102422
For over forty years, Pastor Albert N. Martin faithfully served the Lord and His people as an elder of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey. Due to increasing and persistent health problems, he stepped down as one of their pastors, and in June, 2008, Pastor Martin and...