Preaching & Preachers: Encouragement

Daily Spirit & Word, 621:

Preaching & Preachers: Encouragement.

Getting Inspired: So that you too can inspire others to come to Christ.

It’s been such a wonderful blessing for me to find a man of God after God’s own heart and to learn from him, be encouraged by him and to be equipped by him. But for me it’s not just ONE, because there are so many wonderful preachers, teachers, evangelists and prophets and pastors and apostles around today, and we must never forget those great eminent preachers of the past. Some of whom had amazing ministries in their day. Charles Spurgeon; who was know in his own lifetime as “The Prince of Preachers”. Not a title that he’d choose for himself, I’m sure.

MINISTERS OF GOD’S WORD:

Here are some who’ve encouraged me over many years as a Christian and a Minister:

J. C. Ryle; I read his expository thoughts on the Gospels every day for three years. What a wonderful encouragement they were through college.

Selwyn Hughes: As a very young Christian his writings helped me get into God’s Word every day; reading “Every Day With Jesus”.

Billy Graham: Evangelist.

Bill Bright: Campus Crusade For Christ.

Ray Comfort: Evangelist and teacher of evangelism. Equipping the saints to share God’s Word today.

John Stott: A brilliant preacher and teacher of God’s Word. Also a voice for Evangelicals within the C of E.

Adrian Rogers, John Wesley, Charles Finney, Jack Deere,

Lesser Known Men of God: Daniel Cozens (Evangelist: Started the Walk of 1000 Men) S. M. Shoemaker, Jr who wrote “Twice-Born Ministers”; Arthur Wallis, he was a Baptist preacher in the UK with a great ministry amongst the youth of his day. Derek Prince: A great prophetic speaker and teacher of God’s Word. John Wimber (Prophet and taught the Prophetic).

There are countless thousands of others I could also mention that have really encouraged me over many years, but what I’m saying is there will always be resources (resource people) to nourish the follower of Jesus; Pastors, Prophets, Preachers / Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, etc… They are given to the church for edification, building up of the body of Christ. They are called by God and Anointed by the Holy Spirit. However, don’t worship the man or woman of God, but worship the LORD Himself, because He was the one who gave them to you.

Here are a few of the GEMSTONES from the great prince of preachers Adrian Rogers:

  • “Define the Trinity and you’ll lose your mind; deny it and you’ll lose your soul.”
  • “If a man could have salvation and not know it, he could lose it and not miss it.”
  • “If you marry a child of the devil, you’ll get the devil for a father-in-law.”
  • “Some people cannot find Jesus for the same reason a thief cannot find a cop.”
  • “Death is a comma to a Christian, not a period.”
  • “Jesus saves the best for last!”
  • “Eternity is only a breath away.”

Here’s one of my own: “This life is like a tear-drop in the Thames compared to the eternity we’ll spend with Jesus.”

I’m not saying it’s original, many of the great preachers of old got their material from other ministers and then took those great gems and passed them onto their own generations. However, there is GOLDEN TRUTH, anointed words, compelling teaching and encouragement for all the saints today. We’ve got no excuse for being malnourished and underfed today.

ONE OF THE BEST OLD TIME PREACHERS:

In the Bible we have the written account of Paul’s Missionary Journeys in the Ancient world of Greece, Syria and Macedonia. From Acts 20 we see some of his travels, but it’s not until the end of the chapter that we get to the heart of what Paul was about. Listen to his passion for the souls of those to whom the LORD sent him to declare the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:17-24
17  From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
18  When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19  I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. 20  You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21  I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. 22  “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23  I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24  However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Paul, like many of the great preachers mentioned above, had a PASSION and DESIRE to PROCLAIM God’s Word, God’s Message and God’s Encouragements with EVERYONE. He did it PUBLICALLY (in the open) and PRIVATELY (from house to house).

What was Paul’s MESSAGE? Like those great preachers of old:  “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

So we don’t really need other preachers or teachers or writers: We’ve got everything we need in God’s Word: However, thankfully, the LORD has also gifted and equipped men and women, who are just like Paul, who also know the LORD and have that same passion and desire to “declare to both Jews and Greeks (EVERYONE) that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

FEED & BE FED: Then “GO” FEED Others.

So my dear Christian friends, FEED yourself upon God’s Word and then let those Ministers of Jesus feed, teach, encourage, rebuke and guide you as well. Don’t forget to PRAISE the LORD and use every means to WORSHIP. Gather with the saints regularly to encourage one-another and be active in the world for Jesus. Lead your friends and family to the Lord. WHY? Because Everybody NEEDS Jesus.

Be fed by great preaching and then go and proclaim Jesus yourself.

Why? Because People NEED Jesus Christ. To really get a passion for those who don’t know Jesus learn from Ray Comfort today.

May the Lord Jesus bless, anoint and encourage you today.

Be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit and have an awesome day with the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ll also keep on, keeping on, continuing to proclaim; “Get right with God, repent, turn to Jesus Christ, the ONLY Saviour for mankind today. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and LIVE the powerful life that He’s promised in His strength and for His glory”. Amen!

Don.