10 Power Principles for Christian Service

10 Power Principles for Christian Service

by Warren W. Wiersbe, David W. Wiersbe

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Overview

In a church culture that is rapidly losing its unique, intergenerational make-up in favor of small groups and even entire churches designed to target specific age groups, it can be difficult for ministers to relate to those who are not in their own demographic. But Warren and David Wiersbe, representing two generations, believe that generational differences should not keep ministers from relating to their congregations. In this thoughtful and practical book, they offer ten principles for Christian service that always work, at all times and in all places, inviting ministers to get back to the basics of serving others. New and seasoned pastors alike will find this a welcome source of inspiration and instruction on how they can relate and minister to people of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801072581
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 811,004
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Warren W. Wiersbe (1929-2019) was pastor of The Moody Church and the author or editor of more than 160 books, including 50 People Every Christian Should Know, This Is the Life!, and On Being a Servant of God.

David W. Wiersbe is the author of Gone but Not Lost and has more than two decades of pastoral experience.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 7

Preface to the First Edition 9

Introduction: The Tale of Two Churches 11

1 The Foundation of Ministry Is Character 19

2 The Nature of Ministry Is Service 29

3 The Motive of Ministry Is Love 39

4 The Measure of Ministry Is Sacrifice 49

5 The Authority of Ministry Is Submission 59

6 The Purpose of Ministry Is the Glory of God 71

7 The Tools of Ministry Are the Word of God and Prayer 81

8 The Privilege of Ministry Is Growth 93

9 The Power of Ministry Is the Holy Spirit 105

10 The Model of Ministry Is Jesus Christ 113

Conclusion: Two Open Letters 123

Notes 129

Subject Index 135

Scripture Index 139

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10 POWER PRINCIPLES FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICEOne should stretch oneself, not imitate oneself.One: CharacterCharacter is the raw material of life, out of which we either by diligence construct a temple or by negligence create a rubbish tip.A healthy and holy character is formed by making scripture a part of our inner being and obeying what it says. Comes from discipline and devotion, from courage and commitment, from a myriad of things that Paul experienced..Character is not built in solitude; we need the responsibility and accountability that others bring to our lives if character is to be healthy and balanced.Neglect erodes character ¿ we stop giving,stop hungering, stop making sacrifices.Two: ServicePeople will remember kindness long after they forget sermons.Jesus: ¿among you as one who serves.¿ Our English word minister comes from the latin and means `a subordinate, a servant, an attendant or assistant¿.There were at least 60 million slaves in the Roman empire, treated like pieces of used furniture.Shepherds serve their sheep, they search for the lost, try to heal the weak.Effective pasturing is limited to about 150 people.People will imitate a servant pastors and spectators will reject them.Three: LoveLove for the sheep begins with love for the Shepherd who died to save them.John Newton: ¿The longer I live, the more I see the vanity and the sinfulness of our unchristian disputes; they eat up the very vitals of religion. I grieve to think of how often I have lost my time and my temper in that way, in presuming to regulate the vineyards of others, when I have neglected my own¿when our dear Lord questioned Peter, after his fall and recovery, he said not, Art thou wise, learned and eloquent? Nay, he said not , Art thou clear and sound, and orthodox? But this only, ¿Lovest thou me?¿ An answer to this was sufficient then; why not now?The minister of the Lord cannot minister effectively if mixed emotions rule the heart. Love of praise, etc can never bring glory to God or bring the servant through the hard times.The more we love Christ, the more his love will fill our hearts; and that love must be shared with others. Spurgeon: ¿The love of Christ was a practical love. ¿ We must see people the way Jesus sees them and respond to them in the way Jesus would respond, we must share God¿s love. To love people we must accept them as they are and identify with their deepest concerns or needs. We must see saints and sinners as they really are. The we must speak the truth in love, ` truth without love is brutality, love without truth is hypocrisy. Love transforms us from reservoirs to channels, so what¿s mine is yours, I¿ll share it. We go where people are and do what we can too help them. Luke 10. (Good Samaritan).St Ignatius Loyola: To give and not to count the cost;To fight and not to heed the wounds;To toil and not to seek for rest;To labour and not to look for any rewardSave that of knowing that I do Thy Will.To love the saints is the hardest because we expect more from them and they more from us.1 Cor 13:7 - ¿If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.¿Higher heights of joy and deeper depths of sorrow are the rewards of Christian ministry. Tough love knows there is a difference between hurting people and harming them. ¿Faithful are the wounds of a friend¿ Proverbs 26:6.