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STUDY GOD’S WORD
Being a pastor or church leader is both a great privilege and responsibility. It is not easy being a godly pastor. I want to help you be the leader God created you to be and needs you to be. I would like to send you a blog each week to help you during these hard times of COVID-19.
Paul offers good advice to Timothy in his life and ministry. 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul writes, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Paul warns Timothy to correctly preach and apply the Bible (1 Timothy 2:15). This requires spending time studying the Bible and learning what it says. Develop sermons that accurately teach and apply God’s Word. This takes time and lots of effort, but it is the only way we will feed ourselves and our people the Word of God (John 21:15-17). This is our greatest responsibility. During times when churches are closed, you can use the extra time to pray, study the Bible and prepare sermons.
The best way to do this is to start each day reading the Bible and praying. Study a small portion of Scripture each day. Don’t wait until the end of the week to work on your sermon. It is better to start a sermon or Bible study a few weeks before you will present it. That will give you time to think about it and add to it before you preach. I have written a book on Bible study and another on sermon preparation. They are on my web site in English and Telugu (https://www.christiantrainingonline.org/our-ministries/india/books/) or email me and I’ll send a PDF copy by email.
Are you doing your very best to learn God’s Word and teach it to your people? Are you working hard to better understand the Bible? Paul says if we do this, God will approve of our ministry, but if we don’t, we will be ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15). I don’t want to be ashamed when I stand before Him. God gave everything for me. I want to give everything for Him as well. It is a joy to lead God’s sheep, but it comes with hard work. I want to encourage you to faithfully study and teach God’s Word. Apply it to your life and to the lives of your people. Make sure God approves of your life and ministry.
If you have any questions or if there is anything I can pray about for you, please write me and let me know. Jerry@Schmoyer.net I would love to hear about your family and ministry. Send a picture if you can.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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