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The Preaching Ezine, Issue #37-- What's New at
January 31, 2015

Preaching: All about the Messenger, the Message, & the Ministry.

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Issue #037, January 31, 2015

What's in this Issue:

1. What were the specific circumstances of your calling?
2. Sermon "The Start of Foreign Missions" (at bottom of ezine)
3. New sermons, outlines, and illustrations (Some great poems too!)!
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Mark Hollingsworth here. I hope you had a great Lord's Day past!

John Henry Jowett wrote on being "Called to Preach." So I'm asking questions...Is our call based on man or God? ...What are the circumstances of your calling?

Jowett said, "And so it is that the manner of one man's " call " may be very different to the manner of another man's "call," but in the essential matter they are one and the same. I would affirm my own conviction that, in all genuine callings to the ministry, there is a sense of the divine initiative, a solemn communication of the divine will, a mysterious feeling of commission, which leaves a man no alternative, but which sets him in the road of this vocation bearing the ambassage of a servant and instrument of the eternal God.

("For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How, then, shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe on Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach except they be sent?")

The assurance of being sent is the vital part of our commission. But hear again the word of God: "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied." The absence of the sense of vocation will eviscerate a man's responsibility, and will tend to secularise his ministry from end to end."

Yes, I think we all have differing circumstances in our calling! What do you think? More on the subject next time!!

2 Tim. 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

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This is a sermon sent to me by Rev. Jim Fryer, pastor of Trinity Baptist in Cincinnati, OH. (One of my best friends in the world...thanks Jim!)

The Start of Foreign Missions

Acts 13:1-52

INTRODUCTION: This chapter is the beginning of foreign missions in the NT Church. It also gives us an insight as to what we want to hear from Missionaries when they come to our church. There are at least 4 things we need to hear from a visiting Missionary.

I. The Missionary CALL v. 1-4a

a. Church agreement v. 2
b. Church ordination v. 3-4

II. The Missionary WORK v. 4b-12

a. Preaching the Word v. 5
b. Stand against Satan’s work v. 6-12

III. The Missionary MESSAGE v. 13-41

a. The Story of God’s Blessings v. 17-19
b. The Testimony of God’s Plan v. 20-22
c. The Promise of God’s Provision v. 23- 29
d. The Wonder of God’s Power v. 30-37
e. The offer of God’s Forgiveness v. 38-41

IV. The Missionary RESULTS v. 42-52

a. Effectiveness of the ministry v. 42-44; 48-52
b. The hatred of the nationals v. 45
c. The boldness of the missionary v. 46-47

CONCLUSION: We have three Missionary Families at Trinity. What do we need to know before we accept a family into our missionary family?

1. They need to give us a clear understanding of these four things above.
2. They need to touch the hearts of our church family. We need to support only those who connect with us.
3. We need to be sure that when we accept someone into our missionary family that we treat them as family.
4. We need to communicate with our Missionary family to meet their continual needs.

In the coming weeks & months we should revamp our mission program to insure that missionaries not only meet these requirements but that we also have a kindred burden for their work.

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