i have decided

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** Originally Posted here: http://bigdbentley.com/2012/12/14/sermon-notes-ordination-of-michael-monicaa-heart-set-apart/


 

 

John 12:26
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

The heart of the PASTOR
A Servant Heart

A Set Apart Heart

A Spiritual Heart

A Solid Heart
1 TIMOTHY 3.1-7

This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy — one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s trap.
A Servant Heart

One of the truths about a person with a servant heart is that, long before there is a title or office designating them as a servant, they find ways to serve. Serving includes noticing a need a meeting that need. For a minister this is one of the key ingredients in the toolbox of the pastor.
A Set-Apart Heart
0Part of the significance behind the ordination of a person for service in the kingdom is the recognition that they have been selected, called, and gifted by God for a specific purpose. In a sense, every believer is ordained and expected to fulfill a certain role in God’s plan and purpose for their lives.

Answering the call to ministry, however, carries with it the weight of being responsible for the care and life of the Bride of Christ, the church. The weight of that calling, and the accountability before the Lord for this role is not something everyone is capable of managing.
A Spiritual Heart

· The Disciplines of Ministry

Spending Time in Prayer
Scripture Reading/Study
Keeping a Clean Heart, Mind, and Walk
Confession and Repentance when Mess Up
Seeking God’s Direction
Living Yielded to the Holy Spirit
A Solid Heart

Notice that Paul instructs Timothy that the Overseer should be:

above reproach
husband of one wife (a “One Woman Man”)
self-controlled
sensible
respectable
hospitable
an able teacher
not addicted to wine
not a bully but gentle
not quarrelsome
not greedy
one who manages his own household competently
not be a new convert
have a good reputation among outsiders
In other words, the person must be grounded, having a firm foundation of faith on the bedrock of beliefs and the teaching of the Bible. This foundation must be visible through their life to those around them.

Consider a building with a poor foundation…how long before it is visible?

A person who is living with a poor foundation in life will be evident to others
What if all of us, pastors or not, were striving to live with a firm foundation?
Invitation
· Are there some who need to be saved and come to faith in Christ? The first step of the greatest journey of your life is to make your way to Jesus and find forgiveness for your sins and the promise and hope of eternal life.

· Is there anyone here who has felt the nudge into ministry, a deeper calling to something greater, an urging to serve the church and the Lord in a specific role that carries greater responsibility. For example a missionary, a pastor, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have all been given gifts (Super Powers), and we all have a calling (reason/purpose), but not everyone is called to make a career out of those gifts and callings. That is what I’m talking about here. This person is like a soldier under command, and may be “called-up” to “go” and must be willing to follow those orders. Is that what you feel today?

Charges for the Ordination Ceremony
THE CHARGE TO THE CANDIDATE
Michael, on behalf of the Church of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in the power and authority of His name and by witness of the Holy Spirit, I charge you to…

Live up to a Standard set by Scripture
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize of Christ
Serve the Lord Jesus in His Body, the church, in accordance with your gifts and calling doing all things as though you were doing them unto the Lord.

THE CHARGE TO THE CHURCH

By laying our hands on Michael today we state with the blessing of the church that we believe that he is called and gifted by God to serve as a pastor, elder, and overseer in the church body. As Michael come forward to be ordained today I charge the church body …

Church, on behalf of the Church of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in the power and authority of His name and by witness of the Holy Spirit, I charge you to…

Pray for this man
Serve along side of this man in the ministry and service in the body
Hold this man accountable in love and grace, always encouraging him in his ministry and service and aiding him as you are able.


i have decided| written by dave bentley

 

who do you think you are God?

“Be prepared for the change God will make in your heart, life, and ministry.” – James Macdonald.

As I approach my one year anniversary of my ordination, I have often thought about the trials I have faced in the previous year, and they were numerous. As I was being brought up as a pastor, I was constantly told, again and again, that it is not for the weak because God is going to stretch your faith and call you out of your comfort zone.

For a number of months, I have not felt like a pastor though. A big reason for that is simple: I don’t pastor at a church. I know that sounds crazy, right? I mean, being a pastor is associated with being a pastor of a church. Well, I was serving as an assistant pastor of a church for a while but I entered into a new season of my life and that led me away from being in that church.

In my time away I had the opportunity to reflect on what I have accomplished and where I was in that time. To be honest, it doesn’t always feel great knowing that I have a calling on my life (as a pastor) and not even having a local church. Often times, I feel and have felt so far from where I want and where I should be. In the end, I find myself asking, “Who do you think you are God?”

The depth to which you allow the Gospel to penetrate your life will determine the legacy you leave behind.

(1)  God (Can’t) Use Me!

Yes, I believe God called me to accomplish specific tasks. As an example, I had prayed for God to open the doors for a church and God provided that specific church I was look for. I served there in any way I could, serving in multiple areas. Yet, I faced so much frustration because the church was heading towards an end and I knew it. I prayed about it and did everything I could to divert away from that but in the end; the local church ceased to exist and no longer exists to this day. Sometimes I actually feel responsible for the ministries I have been involved with not doing so well.

Jesus is for losers. His strength is revealed through the weakness I expose. On my own, I can do nothing and in Christ, I can do anything.

(2)  God, I Am (Not) Ready!

I have served in a number of ministries over the past seven years. Ultimately, I have had to walk away from every one of them. In almost every case, I walked away because I felt like the ministry was either not honoring God or I could no longer serve in that role and bring honor to God because I felt God calling me to leave. While I served in the ministry roles, I faced opposition, often times from others within the body of Christ. If you haven’t tasted that type of opposition, I will let you know right now, it will challenge your faith like nothing else will. The reason is because you have to face the willingness to continue to not only follow Jesus but to serve his church, sometimes even the people who oppose you. Not only is this to challenge your faith but reveals if you truly love Christ, which is reflected when you love others.

Serve, worship, pursue, follow and trust Jesus. He is worth the trials you will face, he is worth the trouble you will encounter and he is worth losing your life for.

(3)  God, I Will (Never) Be A Pastor

Shortly after my call to preach, I began listening to other preachers. Most notably, I began learning and listening to Steven Furtick who serves as the Lead Pastor at Elevation Church. I think what Steven and Elevation Church accomplish is inspiring and amazing. I have a list of other pastors and often times when I hear them preach via podcast, I find myself day dreaming, wishing to be in their shoes, wishing I had “arrived.” In essence, I wish that God had already brought me though and given me a church, placed me as a pastor and had a team of committed believers by my side. The truth is I fear the idea of being a pastor because of the weaknesses I see in me. Most of the preachers/pastors I listen to are just the opposite of who I am.

I will never be the pastor I picture in my head but I will be the pastor God has called me to be. My call is to abide in Christ and as he abides in me, I will accomplish his purposes.

(4) God, (Can) You Hear Me!

In the end, I find myself standing in the gap between who God says I am, what he has called me to do and who I think I am. While I am far from perfect, God expects me to be obedient to his word, nothing more, and nothing less. My misunderstandings come from a lack of wisdom and a lack of perspective. I might never be a lead pastor and I might never have a church that I want. I might find myself wondering if God hears me at all sometimes.

I will serve God and love those who come my way. I may fall short but I will respond to the call God has placed upon my life.

(5)  God, I’m (Not) OK!

In the world of ministry, I can see where I would like to go. I see the plan, I see the vision. It’s so close to me I can almost touch it. While I serve, I have continually attempted to map out ideas on how to get there. In the end, nothing has ever come full circle; nothing has ever really worked the way I thought it would. It’s not about me getting my way but trying something new, something different, even if the idea isn’t totally original. It’s about trying to do something though. When things fall apart, I look back at the attempt and just find myself saying once again, I failed and nothing worked out. God continually stands next to me.

If Jesus is all I have, then I have more than enough. The purpose of my life is to be faithful to Christ.