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Man of God for March 2014

Mar 19 2014

Occasionally, Oklahoma Christian University puts out a newsletter called Man of God, sent primarily to young men who have indicated an interest in preaching.  We build our list from various places but always are looking for more names of those who have an interest in preaching.  Many of the articles in Man of God, of course, are good for those going into any type of ministry. 

We are sending this issue of Man of God to a wide range of people and churches hoping to get more names and email addresses of high school students, freshmen through seniors, who might be considering the ministry.  Having their email address will allow us to send this newsletter directly to them.   We also publicize Summer Camps for those Planning to Preach, so if you have a camp planned for the summer, please let us know so we can help get the word out.  Please send names of students considering ministry or preaching camp information to kaye.wilkerson@oc.edu

We also hope you will share this newsletter with young men in your congregation who are thinking about working in ministry.  AND IF YOU ARE A YOUNG MAN WHO IS CONSIDERING MINISTRY AND ARE NOT ON …

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Beautiful Feet

Mar 19 2014

by Stafford North

In Romans 10:15, Paul says that those who bring good news have beautiful feet.  If you are thinking about being a preacher someday, look down at your feet. Are they beautiful? You may have poorly shaped toes or strange looking toenails.  You may be wearing some old sneakers or some shoes that need polishing.  If this is the case, can you still be a preacher?

The question is silly, of course, because we all know that Paul is not really talking about the actual appearance of someone’s feet.  But what does he mean? He is quoting from a passage in Isaiah 52:7.  There the prophet is in the midst of a message which speaks about God bringing the Jews from Babylonian captivity back to their homeland of Israel.

So imagine that you have been born during the time the Jews were in captivity in Babylon which lasted seventy years. You have been in captivity in this foreign land all of your twenty years.  You have never seen the homeland of the Jews which you have heard people speak about all of your life.  You know that God sent His people into captivity to teach them the lesson …

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Should I Prepare to Preach?

Mar 19 2014

God does not expect everyone to present lessons from the pulpit.  But He does expect some of us to choose that for our ministry.  How do we know if we are in that group?  Here are some thoughts that might help you answer that question for yourself.

  1. How concerned am I about helping people go to heaven? The Bible describes people who are without Christ as being lost.  Jesus said, “Except you believe that I am he, you shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). Do you feel a sense of urgency to help people believe in Jesus so they can have eternal life with Him?
  2. What do I do well?   Can you help a friend answer a Bible question?  Do you sometimes speak up when the teacher asks a question in a Bible class? Are you able to work with people to get things done?  Can you lead a public prayer and read the Bible in church?  Are you able to make a talk about a Bible topic in class? The answers to these questions will tell you how your skills might be developing toward becoming a minister.
  3. How willing are you to undertake training to be a …

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Quiz for the Fun of It

Mar 19 2014

Check your Bible knowledge by taking the quiz below.  Each question asks who did something.  When you pick your answers, look below to see if you were correct.

  1. I defeated a large army with only 300 men.
    1. Samuel
    2. Gideon
    3. Solomon
    4. Isaiah
    5. Ididit
  1. I was sick and three friends came to see me.
    1. Joel
    2. Jael
    3. Joab
    4. Joash
    5. Job
  1. I spoke on behalf of Paul to get him accepted by the brethren.
    1. Barnabas
    2. Peter
    3. John
    4. Luke
    5. James
  1. I was on an island when the Lord appeared to me.
    1. Isaiah
    2. Jeremiah
    3. John
    4. Matthew
    5. Paul
  1. I saw a vision of Jesus who told me to go tell a man how to be saved.
    1. Silas
    2. Timothy
    3. Titus
    4. Ananias
    5. Dorcas

 

Answers: 1. b; 2. e; 3. a; 4. c; 5. d. 

Word Study for Preaching

Mar 19 2014

by Stafford North

 

In preparing sermons, a preacher must very carefully study various passages of scripture.  Often he will be just dealing with one passage and must communicate its meaning clearly to the audience.  On other occasions, the preacher will be dealing with several passages and wants to glean from them collectively a message to share with the congregation.

Here are just a few thoughts about digging into the meaning of words in the Scriptures.

  1. Recognize that some words have more than one meaning and the context determines which meaning to use in the passage. A word used in various places in the Bible can illustrate this very well.  What does the word “cleave” mean?  Sometimes it means “to split “as in “cleaves the mountains” and yet we are told that a husband and wife are to “cleave” to each other.  In this case the word means to “stick together.” So in one context “cleave” means “to separate” and in another it means “to unite.”  Similarly, the word “deacon” may either apply to all Christians or to those who serve in the office of “deacon.”  The word basically means “to serve” and in this sense, of course, all …

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