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t’s Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is to love those who are hard to love.  How can you preachers and teachers love those who are difficult who are in your ministries and class?

Similar to last week today’s post comes from 2 Timothy 1:7:

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It’s Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Here is another short post providing you with the motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Today’s post comes from 2 Timothy 1:7:

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s another little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Today’s post comes from 1 Timothy 4:10=

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Here’s a question based upon the verse:

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s a little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Last week we saw from 1 Peter 5:1-3 that God requires the following from elders of the church:

  1. Minister to God’s people that God has placed in their care right now and not just hoping to minister to people they might minister to in the future: “shepherd the flock of God among you,” (v.2a)
  2. Minister willingly and not grudgingly: “exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily,” (v.2b)
  3. Minister “according to the will of God” (v.2c) which of course involves knowing His will and His ways as taught in the Bible.
  4. Minister not for ulterior motive: “and not for sordid gain” (v.2d)
  5. Minister zealously: “but with eagerness” (v.2e)
  6. Minister by example and not force: “nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock” (v.3)

As you can tell the requirement of God for elders and the standard of ministry is very high.  Yet what would be the godly motivation that would fuel us to minister in such a Christ-like fashion?

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s a little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

1 Peter 5:1-3 states

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

Peter has for us instructions of what Church elders are to be like.  But what is the motivation for preachers, teachers and leaders to put them into practice?

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This is part of my plan this year to review more counseling booklets for the sake of the edification and encouragement of the church.

Michael R. Emlet.  Asperger Syndrome.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, July 28, 2005. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

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I found this booklet helpful as an introduction to Asperger syndrome. The booklet’s guidelines and suggestions for those who minister to those with Asperger syndrome was also useful.  I appreciated the background of the author Michael Emlet: A physician turned biblical counselor with a Masters of Divinity from a solid Christian Seminary he has the background to address both the medical and spiritual dimension of the person with Asperger syndrome.

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Sometimes there’s those weeks where so many things happen all at once for the Pastor during the week.  Church members who are sick, believers who need rides, late night calls, evangelistic contacts happen, others outside of churches want to meet up with you and the business of the weekly routine of Bible studies during the week, studying and pastoral visitations.  So much happens it cuts into your Sunday sermon prep.  And its truly not because of laziness because everything else is done well during the week.  You are tired.  You are exhausted.  You have been around people with problems all week long but they don’t know…that Sunday’s coming.

But then sometimes its all these things during the week that prepare the preacher for the sermon on Sunday.  It prepares him to be pastoral.  To be practical.  To be doctrinal but in a way that desires others to also see the glory of God as it is unfolded.  To be tired and beaten up like the rest of the body of Christ during the week, lest we become like the condescending preacher Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.  It makes us rely on the Spirit and his grace.

Preachers if tomorrow is one of those rare Sundays, pray for His grace and His mercy.

Give it your all.  Because He is worthy.  Because your people need it.  Because you need it.  Preach the Gospel and apply its truth like its the last sermon you will ever preach and preach it prayerfully.

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