The Ministry Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

These are my sermon notes from tonight's sermon on the ministry
01/10/2002 The audio has been uploaded to
http://www.onenesschristian.org/audio

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by
wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching
to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the
power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the
weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound
the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath
God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things
that are:

There are requirements for the ministry that exceed the requirements
for salvation. That means that there are those who will be saved who
are not qualified for the ministry. Also consider that of those
qualifed for the ministry only a few will actually be chosen by God.
Also, it is God who calls men to preach, not families or
organizations.

Notice that a deacon(a young preacher), an elder, or a bishop; all
must be the husband of only one wife. So if a man has a living ex-
wife and has re-married; he is disqualified from the ministry. Also
if his wife and children are not in subjection to him, then he is
disqualified from being a pastor...
So, you see, there are many filling pulpits who have no business
there, and I speak of the true Church and not the false church.

I Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one
wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt
to teach;
I Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy
lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
I Timothy 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children
in subjection with all gravity;
I Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how
shall he take care of the church of God?)
I Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall
into the condemnation of the devil.
I Timothy 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use
the office of a deacon, being [found] blameless.
I Timothy 3:11 Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers,
sober, faithful in all things.

A man's immediate family members can, by their unfaithfulness
disqualify a man from the ministry.

I Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling
their children and their own houses well.

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set
in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city,
as I had appointed thee:

While God calls men to preach it is not out of order for those in the
ministry to recognize God's calling on other men. But notice again
the requirements. We can also be confident that Paul is not speaking
of false accusations here considering some of the charges that had
been leveled against him in the past.

Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having
faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not
selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given
to filthy lucre;

All through we see one issue coming up that a minister must be the
husband of only one wife. That does not mean one at a time and it
does not mean that polygamy is acceptable in the Church membership.
The issue is divorce and remarriage.

I have heard so many excuses from those who violate the Word of God,
but I can find no where in the Bible where God ever accepted an
excuse.

Some of the looser in this hour suggest that if a person was married
before they came to the Lord then it doesn't matter, BUT, a man owing
alimony before baptism still owes it after baptism. Baptism does not
wash away marriage or divorce.

Also we must remember that if any preacher is preaching any variation
from the apostolic doctrine (Acts 2:38).....

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed.
Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man]
preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him
be accursed.

A glance at Acts 19 will verify that Paul adhered faithfully to the
Apostolic Acts 2:38 doctrine. (The Church at Ephesus was founded in
Acts 19).

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth,
Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and
finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard
whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they
said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on
them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of
three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the
kingdom of God.
9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of
that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated
the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

Pastor Steve Winter