by Jerry Watts

A Good Minister
Jerry Watts
1 Timothy 3:1-7; 4:1-16

If I were I to ask the question, ''What is a 'good minister?'' how many different answers I would receive.

Try this one - (READ ''WANTED Pastor''): WANTED: Pastor. SALARY: $17,000 a year: HOURS: Indeterminate. On call 24 hours a day. WE OFFER: Free housing

The applicant will serve as manager, administrator, and correspondent. HE WILL:

have experience as a preacher, teacher, and also as an evangelist, be a competent writer and speech maker, and will serve as a decorative piece at public functions, have experience as a social worker, counselor, spiritual advisor, visitor of the sick, and comforter of the bereaved, serve as theologian in residence, interpreter of the church at large, and official delegate to all conferences, and serve as a one-man emergency squad.

The subject of today's message is; ''What makes a good minister.'' Here's is something J-man doesn't know. In 2011, while we were traveling to his licensing service, God gave me this word which I share with you. Today, I offer you about 1/3 of that message, but it is a timely word.

Although the Bible is full of the word 'ordained' or appointed, for me, ordinations like today, seems find its New Testament roots in, not surprisingly, the Apostle Paul when he was still Saul. In Acts 13 we read:

1Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend ofHerod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ''Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'' 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Ordination is simply the 'setting 'apart' of a person for a specific task to which God has called, appointed, or ordained. In other words, this is what God wants them to do.

A word for everyone: Ordination for ministry is not God' ...

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