The Pastoral Ministry Is Not Just a Job!

Jul 18, 1999
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Ministry
Hymns: 4; 485(5-6); 482; 488; 46
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, as we come before You this day to worship, we thank You for the public ministry of the Word. Through the preaching of the law, we are convicted of sin and led to sorrow over sin. Through the preaching of the gospel, we are uplifted by Your message of grace and mercy. Let us ever to listen to Your Word and to apply it to our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 132

Those individuals called into the public preaching ministry are to proclaim God’s Word faithfully. They are not to substitute their thoughts, opinions, and dreams for the truths revealed in the Bible. May God always bless Immanuel with pastors committed to preaching the saving truths of Holy Scripture.

Among the many gifts Jesus Christ gives to His Church are pastors and teachers who are to prepare God’s people for their respective ministries, all of which are to build up the Church. This is accomplished when God’s truths are proclaimed in love and all believers are moved to work together in love!

Second Reading: 

Mark 1:14-20

Jesus called certain men to be His apostles to preach the Gospel and so become "fishers of men." Today, Jesus continues to call individuals into the public preaching ministry to do the same thing—to preach the Gospel and thereby to win the hearts of men for their Savior!