What is the difference between exegesis and exposition? Haddon Robinson put it this way, “Exposition is drawing from your exegesis to give your people what they need to understand the passage.” This implies that the preacher will have a lot more material after the exegesis than they are able to present in the sermon. Here […]
Today is a special day for a number of my fellow Church of God brothers and sisters in South Carolina who have completed MIP. The Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) is a nine month intensive program for those individuals who have successfully completed and attained the first rank of credentialed ministry in the Church of God. In short, during this nine months the candidate and their spouse will sit under a supervising Pastor, meet each month in a class room setting for instruction, complete book work daily, and be tested each month on material studied.
This is a great step in moving forward in ministry. This program is draining, intensive, and can be intimidating. Having completed MIP in 2011 myself, I can say that I am better for having gone through it. Though it may be the things listed above, it is most importantly worthwhile. Paul instructed Timothy in our Holy Scriptures to “Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed.”
Having completed MIP you are now able to study and prepare for the next rank of Credentials in the Church of God, that of Ordained Minister. Remember, completing MIP should not be seen as an arrival. To complete MIP doesn’t mean we have arrived. It’s simply a fuel stop along the journey of ministry. If I had the opportunity to speak into the life of those completing MIP as well as those starting in ministry here is my one piece of advice. This is that one thing which we should hang on our wall and write on our hearts.
Don’t allow your passion for other things to be more superior than your passion for the Gospel.
It’s easy to get sidetracked in lesser important things than what we are called to. We are called to be about Gods business. His business is His word. Our life must be about sharing his business with others. No matter if you are full time, bi-vocational, or simply working in a field other than “church” work. Your greatest passion must be about the gospel. Share his word that’s what you are called to do.
Having completed MIP, what’s one piece of advice you would give today’s MIP graduates for their next steps in ministry.
You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us. – 2 Corinthians 2:17 NLT
To this aim we do what we do. Not to make ourselves famous or gain financially. But to strengthen and equip those we serve with the ability to be productive ministers of the faith to which they are called.
God is watching us, does he approve?
Earlier this week I was able to watch a video which talked about sermon/lesson prep. I wanted to take a few moments today in order to share some of the insight with you. Undoubtably tomorrow is a big day for those of us who are preachers and teachers during our collective time together as believers. I would ask that each who serve with me at North Aiken Church of God take a few moments today in preparation for your responsibilities tomorrow. There is a video, which a link to is posted below under resources, its about 12 minutes and gives a wealth of insight for teachers and preachers. You can read over my notes then take the time to watch Dr. Mack King Carter teach on this for yourself.
Advice for Study and Sermon Prep | Dr. Mack King Carter
Disclaimer, the notes listed below through conclusion up to personal notes from me are taken directly from the video resource listed at the end of this post. Those things listed in [brackets] were added by me.
Preparation for Preaching [teaching]…
1) You must have a personal relationship with a personal God
2) You must have a Godly life
You can’t out preach [teach] your life. You have to live the life, that is the source of your life. Don’t let The Lord down in your behavior. Keep your life up you can’t preach [teach] over sin.
3) You must Read Widely
Don’t come before folks empty. If your going to talk to people you must read. Read the Bible voraciously…Eat it up. In this Dr. Carter gave the following illustration.
Sermons/lessons don’t come from the sky to your head. They are straight from God but they come by way of a detour…through your buttox as you apply your buttox to a chair. Then it works its way up.
4) You Must Have Personalization
Personalize the text, allow the text to speak to you first. You do your best preaching/teaching when the text speaks to you.
In conclusion, every time you come to church you ought to leave messed up because you came with a ready mind. You came prepared because you were sitting before God. Every sermon/lesson needs to give you homework. Every sermon or lesson ought to give an assignment.
My personal notes to you. We don’t do what we do (teach/preach) because we can’t find anyone else to do it. Whether you are a children’s, youth, or sanctuary teacher/preacher you have been given a divine mandate by God to teach his word with clarity and conviction. Do you need to get your personal life in order, have you become familiar with what you are bringing to your people or class tomorrow, is it personal to you? If not, find sometime to get alone today and answer those three questions and come out ready to invest in those you’ve been entrusted to speak the words of life to. Don’t forget to give an assignment for those you teach to live out in the coming week.
Watch the 12 minute video of Dr. Mack King Carter’s Advice for Study and Sermon Prep by clicking here.
It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space. There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me. And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. – 1 Corinthians 14:9-12 NLT
One of the most important things as a preacher, teacher, writer and/or speaker, etc. is clarity. Even our daily relationships need a good dose of clarity. We need to be clear on what one another is saying or feeling. In regards to who you minister to, manage, or work with we need to be communicating in a way that our hearers, leaders, and subordinates or peers can understand. The only way for people to know what we expect or what we are saying is to speak in words (communicate in such a way) which they can understand. Not communicating in a way others can easily understand is the same as shouting out into an empty space. You’ll get no reply. Here are a few things I am learning.
Be clear in your speaking / teaching. Every time you get up to speak the truth of God be clear and know who your talking to. Know your audience.
Be available for the Holy Spirit to use but seek those things which will have the biggest return. Don’t get any preconceived ideas but earnestly pray that God would use you in order to impact the whole church as opposed to just one. Never get into the pulpit or classroom with just one person in mind. More than likely they won’t be there that day. Speak in order to strengthen all, not some.
Be clear and be available. Keep Pursuing.
A Christ Follower Loves One Another [AMPLIFIED]
Wed. August 28, 2013 – North Aiken Church of God
The Bible teaches that Jesus is the example of love.
- Christ gave a new command, “that we love one another.”
- Our love for one another should be the same way in which Jesus loved us
- Our love for one another reflects that we are truly followers of Christ.
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
In essence, the command to love is not conditional. I don’t get to choose who I love. Jesus has already set the framework – the boundaries – for believers. Your love for one another isn’t based on what they have done to you or how they have treated you. Furthermore it is not even based on how much they may or may not love you.
The goal of this message is to reveal three practical ways in which every believer can love one another from Proverbs 17. A believer exemplifies love for one another when they watch their words, settle disagreements quickly, and are loyal to one another.
I see love being more than just a saying in your life but an action.
What You Need to Know?
- Our words are powerful we must watch what we say about one another. (see Proverbs 17:9)
- Relationships are built on trust
- We have a responsibility to help one another. Not to spread their business.
- Disagreements will happen. When they do we must settle them quickly. (see Proverbs 17:14)
- Contention will last only so long between two individuals until there is a blow up.
- When we notice disconnect between one another we must be quick to settle disagreements.
- Loyalty goes a long way and is a deep connection between believers. (see Proverbs 17:17)
- The difference between friends and brothers
- There is a sense of loyalty among friends, you choose it.
- There is a sense of duty among brothers, you’re born into it.
- Believers are both/and.
- The difference between friends and brothers
“Love motivated by mere duty cannot hold out for very long.” – The Love Dare (2008)
What You Need to Do?
Make the decision to follow Christ’s example and love one another.
11 we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. – Acts 2:11 (NKJV)
Have you ever been misunderstood?
Have there been times between someone else speaking and it getting to your ears you completely misunderstand the point and are left dazed?
In reading Acts 2 I am encouraged. I am encouraged because I am reminded once again that the Holy Spirit working in our lives has the ability to empower you and I to be an effective witnesses. Though the disciples of Jesus Christ were unlearned in speaking to the various dialects of those that were in Jerusalem for Pentecost, they were empowered to speak in a tongue (language) they haven’t learned as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were supernaturally infused with the gift to speak of the wonderful works of God in a way that those who were there could understand. This stopped me dead in my tracks this morning as I read this passage and the thought hit me.
Are we speaking clearly to those around us on a day to day basis the wonderful works of God or is it just noise?
Simply, when others are around us are they able to state the following… “There is no doubt something is different about (insert your name here). What in the world could that difference be.” The point is this, our witness must be compelling, our witness must be engaging, and our witness must be clear. Your witness can only be those things by the supernatural empowering of the Holy Spirit. Determine today that as a believer you are going to allow the Holy Spirit to empower you in order to speak clearly to those around you.
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