Tent-Making Preachers (Season 1, Episode 6)

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Tent-Making Preachers (Season 1, Episode 6)

God’s design is that those who dedicate their lives to preaching the gospel receive full support for that work (1 Corinthians 9:14). However, one who preaches may not always (or ever) enjoy the blessing of such support. When a preacher receives only partial support – or even no support – for preaching the gospel, what is he to do? This episode discusses 8 instructions to the “tent-making preacher” as he serves the Lord in that capacity.

  1. Keep preaching.
  2. Work to support yourself.
  3. Make the most of your time.
  4. Manage your other responsibilities.
  5. Recognize your limitations.
  6. Avoid jealousy and bitterness.
  7. Give the brethren no cause to look down on your work.
  8. Fulfill your ministry.

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Advice to Young Preachers (Season 1, Episode 5)

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Advice to Young Preachers (Season 1, Episode 5)

This episode discusses several pieces of advice to young preachers. These are not bits of wisdom that I have discovered through decades of experience in preaching the gospel – in fact, I am still a relatively young preacher myself. Rather, they are admonitions that are taken from the word of God that all young (and older) preachers should follow. The following points are discussed in this episode:

  1. Preach the word.
  2. Study your Bible.
  3. Test all things carefully.
  4. Preach plainly and distinctly.
  5. Seek to please God and not man.
  6. Guard against a party spirit.
  7. Know when and when not to compromise.
  8. Do not view preaching as a “job.”
  9. Do not gauge success by numbers.
  10. Put the brethren in remembrance.

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God’s Words to Adam

Garden of Eden

Adam was created by God and was the first man to live on the earth. The first three chapters of Genesis record his beginning up until his fall. In these chapters, God made several statements directly to Adam. In this article, we will consider what God said to Adam and see what we can learn from these statements.
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Lacking Sense

Man in dark

The book of Proverbs focuses on wisdom that comes from above. It contains many contrasts between wisdom and foolishness. Several passages describe one who lacks sense, which means he is void of understanding or wisdom. Paul said we are to “walk, not as unwise men but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15). So let us consider some of the passages from Proverbs about those who lack sense and see what we can learn from them.
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“How Will They Preach Unless They Are Sent?”

Paul sent from Antioch

After telling the Romans, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13), Paul proceeded to tell them of the critical role of preaching in salvation.

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

When Paul, the apostle who authored these words by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, needed to be saved, it was a preacher – Ananias – who was sent to tell him, “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16). Jesus, despite appearing to Paul (then called Saul) on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6), did not grant salvation to him there, nor did He speak from heaven to tell him what was required of him. Rather, Jesus said, “Get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do” (Acts 9:6). Ananias was then sent to speak the Lord’s plan of salvation to Paul (Acts 9:10-12).
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Samuel Robert Cassius: “I Had Rather Preach the Gospel for What I Can Eat”

"I had rather preach the gospel for what I can eat..."

Samuel Robert Cassius (1853-1931) was an African-American preacher and part of what is known as the Restoration Movement. He spent most of his years preaching in Oklahoma. During this time, he often struggled to support his family and, of necessity, engaged in other work than just preaching to provide for them. The following excerpt from the book, To Save My Race from Abuse, contains an appeal he made for others to support his work.

In 1907, Cassius disclosed a plan to wipe out his monetary debts so that he could ‘devote all my time to the ministry’ the following year. ‘This is my earnest desire. Not that I am not willing to work, but because I love to preach.’ Giving his most articulate expression about his passion for preaching, he continued, ‘I had rather preach the gospel for what I can eat, than to live in plenty at anything else. God has raised me up for this very work, and I am not happy or contented at anything else’” (To Save My Race From Abuse, p. 86).

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A Christian’s Ambition

Farming

Ambition is a trait that is seen as being desirable by many in the world. It is the attitude that drives one to continue progressing, advancing, and improving. Generally, it is necessary if one is to enjoy any degree of success or prosperity in life.

Christians are to be ambitious. But the focus of our ambitions will differ from that of the world. When Paul wrote to the saints in Thessalonica, he explained what their ambition was to be:

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).

Let us consider the points that Paul highlighted in this passage and see what our ambition should be as Christians.
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