Questions, questions

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It’s an exciting week here at School of the Bible. The first time our students get to do a presentation. It’s very short, just five minutes each, to talk about one of the character attributes of God. Believe it or not, it would actually be easier for them if we gave them half an hour to start, but most of them would quit before they began, because the initial perception is that a shorter amount of time is easier. And, in all fairness, this may be true for some people.

So our “big college word” of the week is Homiletics. Basically, how to teach and preach. It can seem a bit mechanical, tiresome, and definitely nonspiritual to be talking through the mechanics of how to teach something. How do you get an audience’s attention? What do you do with them once you have their attention? And so on.

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Doing the work of the Ministry (Office Martyrdom)

Acts 6:1-5a, 8 “Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,…And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the
people.” NASB

I guess you could say this is in some regards a follow up to some of my thoughts on how missions work can take on many forms.  (see previous post)

Do you ever hate your job? Ever feel like you’re wasting your time, and you’d almost rather die than spend one more hour at work?  Does it seem like you’re doing “grunt work”, rather than “real ministry”?  Yep…I sometimes feel like that too. I think we all do.

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