Qualification for Ministry (Lesson 1 of 10)

Laborer Training School 2018

John the Baptist

  • Mal. 3:1; 4:5-6; Lk. 1:13-17, 41; Jn. 1:32-34; Mt. 11:11 – John = “Very Important Person”
  • John 3:27 – I must become less for him to be more
  • Matt. 11:2-3 – at time of need, doubts

12 Apostles

  • Lk. 6:12-16; Mt. 19:28; Lk. 22:29-30; Rev. 21:14 – Apostles = “Very Important Persons”
  • Mark 7:17-18; 8:14-21; Luke 9:43-45; Acts 1:6-7 – clueless about Jesus’ mission
  • Matt. 16:13-23 – Peter’s revelation; then used by Satan
  • Matt. 10:1-4 – all did signs and wonders (even Judas)
  • Mark 14:17-19, 35 – They were certain they’d never deny Jesus
  • Mark 14:31-32; Matt. 26:56 – All left him at his darkest hour
  • Mark 14:66-72 – Peter denied 3 times
  • Mark 14:27-28; 16:7 – Jesus stays faithful
  • John 18:10 – Peter hacked off a man’s ear with a sword

After resurrection

  • Mt. 28:17; Mk. 16:11, 13-14; Lk. 24:11; Jn. 20:25 – doubted resurrection
  • Did not recognize Him unless He allowed it (see also Matt. 11)
  • Luke 24 – were told they were unqualified for ministry on their own
  • John 10:11 – Good Shepherd = Jesus → saves sheep
    • 10:1, 10 – Thief = False Minister → destroys sheep
    • 10:12-13 – Hired Hand = True Minister → abandons sheep

Paul

  • Gal. 1:1 – Called by God as a True Apostle
  • Acts 9:1-19 – while called: blinded; dependent on others; praying
  • Acts 15:36-41 – still has irreconcilable conflict

David

  • 1 Sam. 16:1-13; David vs brothers
  • 1 Sam. 15; 2 Sam. 11 – Saul’s disgrace vs David’s disgrace
  • Matt. 1:1; Acts 13:22; Rev. 22:16 – David is commended
  • See also Moses (Exodus 2:11-15; 4:10); Gideon (Judges 6-8)

Conclusion

  • Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3:1-14; 1 Cor. 1:26-31 – “Not I, but Christ,” “Boast in the Lord”
  • Zech. 4 (cf. Luke 24:44-49) – “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit”
  • Acts 4:13 (and Psalm 8) – “uneducated, common men…they had been with Jesus”
  • Hudson Taylor (1832 – 1905): “I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.”

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