Number 10 - Spring 1999
WELCOME TO THE SHEPHERD'S STOREHOUSE !
excited. The Shepherd's Storehouse continues to grow with this
issue being mailed to 250 pastors and leaders across 10 countries.
I'm excited because we have just finished revising "Introduction to
Preaching" as a self study guide. It will greatly help your
preaching, details are on the last page. And I am really excited
about "Singing the Red Sea Blues" a sermon outline on this
page. Order your tape and manuscript, it will bless your heart.
When you do things God's Way, you receive God's Results 2 Kings 5:1-14 AM
A Power Encounter with Jesus
|Singing the Red Sea Blues
God's Refreshing Rain Hosea 6:3 AM
will Give us Success Neh.2:20 AM
Theme Encouragement in Serving God
Proposition Finding Encouragement in Serving God
1. Positive God will give success
2. Powerful Heaven's resources are available
3. Plural Link with those who serve God
4. Purity Ignore those with other goals
to Tame a Lion 1 Peter 5:8
Subject Christian Living
Theme Victorious Christian Living
Proposition Strategies for Victorious Christian Living
1. You can tame a lion by firstly taming yourself
2. You can tame a lion by being alert
3. You can tame a lion by resisting steadfastly
4. You can tame a lion by standing firm
Let the Jerks Get You Down Neh.6:3
Subject Christian Service
Theme Successful Christian Service
Proposition Strategies for Successful
1. We are called to activity 'I am carrying on'
2. We can achieve productivity 'a great project'
3. We must avoid negativity 'I can't come down'
of a Master Leader 1 Peter 5:2-3
Theme Christian Leadership
Proposition Three Qualities of Christian Leadership
1. Minister with willingness not reluctance
2. Serve with eagerness not greed
3. Live as examples not lords
Jesus Return in 2000 ? Acts 1:6-11
Subject Prophecy AM
Theme Questions about Prophecy
Proposition Answers to Prophecy's Questions
1. The Who of prophecy 'this same Jesus'
2. The Where of prophecy 'the Mt of Olives'
3. The How of prophecy 'the same way'
4. The When of prophecy 'not for you to know'
your Difficulties 1 Peter 5:10 M
Theme Overcoming Difficulties
Proposition What are Three Ways to
Overcome Difficulties ?
1. Trust God's Character "the God of grace"
2. Trust God's Call "called to eternal glory"
3. Trust God's Cause "He will restore you"
Shaken and Taken Acts 1:8 AM
Subject The Holy Spirit
Theme Effects of the Holy Spirit
Proposition 3 Effects of the Holy Spirit in our Living
Main Points We Need to be
1. Waken to the Person of the Spirit
2. Shaken by the Power of the Spirit
3. Taken with the Purpose of the Spirit
is Able ! Hebrews 7:25
Theme Christ our Priest
Proposition Truths about the Priestly Ministry of Christ
1. The Power of His Blood able to save
2. The Power of His Call those who come to
3. The Power of His Prayer lives to intercede
Theme God's Interruptions
Proposition When God Interrupts our lives
1. A Light from Heaven Salvation Acts 9:3
2. A Sound from Heaven Spirit Acts 2:2
3. A Vision from Heaven Service Acts 11:5
Love Your Wives Eph.5:25-33 AM
Theme Jesus and the Church
Proposition A model for Christian Marriage
Main Points Jesus loves the Church with
1. Passion (vs25) 2. Sacrifice (vs25)
3. Purity (vs26) 4. Care (vs29)
5. An Unbreakable Love (vs30)
Don't Let the Jerks Get You Down !
Few things are more disturbing than a 3:00am telephone call. Sweet sleep and pleasant dreams are rudely interrupted by harsh ringing. You rush to the phone, blinded by the sudden light you turned on. Confused thoughts tumble through your mind. Who's ringing? Is it the hospital? Has someone died? Are the kids all right? "Pastor..." You immediately recognise the voice, your alarm turns to anger. "Pastor, I thought I would give you a call, do you think God wants me to buy that washing machine?" Every church has its awkward people. Those precious saints of God with their perennial problems, demanding requests, and special needs. It has been estimated that pastors spend 90% of their counselling time with just 10% of their people.
Did Jesus ever minister to awkward people? Yes! His choice of disciples included that hot headed fishermen, Simon Peter, with James and John, the Sons of Thunder. Added to these were Thomas, who was filled with doubts, and Philip, the cold, calculating mathematician. Yet the Master was able to turn these people into world changers. Jesus was incredibly strong yet gentle, wonderfully patient, always seeing beyond the present difficulty to what God could do through their lives. How can we adopt some of the principles Jesus used and apply them to our ministry? How do you handle the jerks?
1. Prioritise your relationships
A pastor's second concern is the key people in the church, the mid-level leadership team who need instruction and inspiration. Luke 10:1 mentions 70 disciples sent out by Jesus, yet He had 12 disciples who were much closer to Him. Within the Twelve, were a distinct group, Peter, James and John constituting a mid-level leadership team. Peter and John were later to become key people in the Early Church. The other disciples were not excluded, but Jesus prioritised His relationships. There are people in your church who need your leadership and others, your pastoral care, don't let awkward people hinder these people. Choose to pour your life and energy into people who will produce great fruit for the Kingdom. Sow into good ground and allow the right kind of people to sow into your life.
2. Avoid lengthy counselling sessions
The Gospels record several interviews between Jesus and various people. None of them are lengthy. When the woman at the well tried to divert the question of her marital relationships to arguments about religion, Jesus answered her question truthfully and then gave a clear declaration about Himself. Every problem in life finds part of its resolution in a fresh revelation of Jesus. Keep Jesus central in your counselling and the session to a reasonable length.
3. Be aware of your vulnerability
Awkward people often consider they have a special relationship with their pastor. This can lead to misunderstandings which leave a pastor vulnerable. There are several necessary cautions pastors should follow. Always tell your spouse where you are and who you are with. Keep no secrets from your spouse. Be accountable at all times. Avoid visiting a person of the opposite sex in their home.
Misguided swordplay can remove ears, and concocted stories can damage reputations and destroy credibility.
4. Do not draw attention to them in the
Awkward people often thrive on attention, they enjoy being in the spotlight. Don't allow one person to distract the worship of many. Don't frequently refer to them in the meeting or during your sermon. Don't allow awkward people to draw others out of a worship meeting to tell them of their problems. There is a positive therapy in the presence of God, and allowing the Spirit of God and the Word of God to touch lives.
5. Correct in love
We are encouraged to "speak the truth in love". It takes courage to lovingly confront. The New Testament uses the word 'admonish' which means to mildly rebuke, caution, reprove gently. It is the picture of parents who instruct and correct with the goal of growing and maturing their children. Awkward people are often spiritually immature and need loving correction from spiritual parents to break the cycle of immaturity. Jesus was not paternalistic but pastoral which led to Peter's restoration.
6. Encourage positive behaviour patterns
The most powerful experience at the altar or the most liberating deliverance session does not remove the need for consistent Christian living. The command of Jesus is to make disciples, and a necessary part of this is to train people in the basics of Christian faith.
"Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail" (Luke 22:31-32). Include awkward people in your prayers for pastoral prayers are powerful. When a shepherd speaks to the Great Shepherd about the sheep in his care, the Lord speaks to the pastor about those people. 1 Samuel 22:2 records that those in distress, debt, and discontent came to David. Some of these same people became his mighty men and leaders in Israel. Don't let the jerks get you down, rather, train them to become some of your mighty warriors.
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