Becoming a Man of God

The church has always needed men who preach.  Jesus called Peter, the fisherman, and made him a great preacher.  Stephen first distributed food but then became a preacher who gave his life for his message.  God called Paul to spread the message of Christ through preaching, teaching, and writing, and Paul called Timothy and Titus to follow him as preachers of the word. 

The title of this publication, in fact, comes from Paul’s charge to Timothy when he urged him to be a “man of God” who, in serving the Lord, would flee from the love of money and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:6-11).  In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul gave Timothy another charge:  “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”  Paul taught Timothy, Timothy was to teach others who would teach still others.  In that way the message of salvation has come to us—someone taught another, who taught another, who taught another.  Now it is our turn.  We must find men who will learn the message of God from men of God, and who, in turn, will teach others.  We need to find those who desire the distinct honor of being a link in that chain of passing forward the Word of God.

This newsletter will provide information and encouragement primarily to young men who have indicated a desire to preach.  We want you to know of the great need for pulpit ministers, we want you to know of the great opportunities such men have, and we want you to prepare for this work in the best way you can. 

The life of a preacher is not always easy.  He must share moments of sorrow and stress with others, he must work hard and struggle to prepare meaningful sermons, sometimes he must face criticism of his work, and, on occasion, he must deal with people who are difficult. 

All in all, however, the preacher has the blessing of knowing he has led many to a better knowledge of the Word of God, that he has inspired people to live as God has asked, and that, as a result of his efforts, more people will be in heaven.  There is no greater satisfaction.

We hope all who receive this publication will be thinking about whether their best way to serve the Lord could be in the pulpit.  There are, of course, many other wonderful ways to serve the Lord—as missionaries, youth ministers, education ministers, vocational ministers, and through many volunteer ministries in the church.  Since right now, however, there is a shortage of men entering pulpit ministry, this newsletter is primarily intended to encourage young men toward that work.

We hope you will find the articles here to be helpful to you.  Check back for new issues every six weeks!