Invitation to My Ordination Service

Discussion in 'Preaching' started by JOwen, Jul 7, 2005.

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  1. JOwen

    JOwen Puritan Board Junior

    Dear List,

    I would like to invite any in the greater Vancouver area to my Ordination/Installation Service tomorrow at 7:30 pm to be held at the Surrey Free Presbyterian Church 18790 58 Avenue Surrey, British Columbia.

    Kind regards,

    Jerrold H. Lewis
  2. Contra_Mundum

    Contra_Mundum Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger Staff Member

    I commend you to God, to Christ, and his Church.

    [Edited on 7-7-2005 by Contra_Mundum]
  3. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    :amen: God bless!

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  4. just_grace

    just_grace Puritan Board Freshman

    God bless you brother. Shepherd those sheep to the Glory of God. :pray2:
  5. biblelighthouse

    biblelighthouse Puritan Board Junior

    Praise God! And congratulations! May the Lord richly bless you, and glorify Himself through you!
  6. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritan Board Doctor

    Congrats! I pray for God's blessing upon you and your ministry there.
  7. Michael Butterfield

    Michael Butterfield Puritan Board Freshman

    Ministerial Boldness

    What kind of boldness must the minister´s be? First, a convincing boldness. How forcible are right words, saith Job; and how feeble are empty words, though shot with a thundering voice. Great words in reproofing an error or sin, but weak arguments, produce laughter oftener than tears . . . Secondly a wise boldness. The minister is to reprove the sins of all, but to name none. Paul, being to preach before a lascivious and unrighteous prince, touched him to the quick, but did not name him in his sermon. Felix´ conscience saved Paul that labour . . . Thirdly, a meek boldness . . . Let the reproof be sharp as thou wilt; but thy spirit must be meek. Passion raise the blood to him that is reproved; but compassion breaks his heart. We must not denounce wrath in wrath, lest sinners think we with their misery; but rather with such tenderness, that they may see it is no pleasing work to us, but we do it that we might not, by a cruel silence, be accessory to their ruin, which we deire [sic] to prevent . . . Fourth, an humble boldness; such a boldness as is raised from a confidence in God, and not from ourselves, our own gifts or ability, courage or stoutness . . . Fifthly, a zealous boldness. Or reproofs of sin must come from a warm heart. Paul´s spirit was stirred within him when he saw a fir in his bones; it broke out of his mouth like a flame out of a furnace. The word is a hammer; but it breaks not the stony heart when lightly laid on. King James said of a minister in his time, that he preached as if death were at his back. Ministers should set forth judgment as if it were at the sinner´s back to take hold of him. Cold reproofs or threatenings are like the rumble of thunder afar off, which affrights not as a clap over our head. I told you the minister´s boldness must be meek and merciful; but not to prejudice zeal . . .

    Some helps to produce this boldness. First, a holy fear of God. We fear man so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man´s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God; this is the way Jeremiah was cured of his aguish [sic] distemper, fearing man: Jer. 7:17 . . . Second, castle thyself within the power and promise of God for thy assistance and protection . . . Our eye, alas! Is on our danger, but not on the invincible walls and bulwarks which God has promised to set about us. The prophet´s servant that saw the enemy army approaching, was in a panic; but the prophet that saw the heavenly host for his life-guard about him, cared not a straw for them all . . . Thirdly, keep a clear conscience: he cannot be a bold reprover, that is not a conscientious liver; such a one must speak softly, for fear of waking his own guilty conscience . . . Unholiness in a preacher´s life will either stop his mouth from reproving, or the people´s ears from receiving. O how harsh a sound does such a cracked bell make in the ears of his audience! . . . Good counsel from a wicked man produces no effect . . . Fifthly, consider, if thou be not now bold for Christ in thy ministry, thou canst not be bold before Christ at His judgment; he that is afraid to speak for Christ, will certainly be ashamed to look on His face then. "˜We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ´ 2 Cor. 5:10. Now what use doth Paul make of this solemn meditation? "˜Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.´ . . . A serious thought of that day, as we are going to preach, would shut all base fear out of the pulpit. It is a very small thing to be judged by men now for our boldness, but dismal to be condemned by Christ for our cowardice . . . Sixthly, consider how bold Christ was in His ministry . . . I Tim. 6:13 Seventhly, pray for this holy boldness. Thus did the apostles come by it . . . it was the child of prayer, Acts 4:29f . . . Mark, they do not pray to be excused the battle, but to be armed with courage to stand in it; they had rather be lifted above the fear of suffering, than have the immunity from the suffering . . . If this be thy sincere request, God will not deny it. William Gurnall, 1616-1679
  8. crhoades

    crhoades Puritan Board Graduate

    Don't forget all of us PB'ers while taking on more shepherding duties!;)
  9. turmeric

    turmeric Megerator

    I'll be there in spirit. Congratulations!
  10. Bladestunner316

    Bladestunner316 Puritan Board Doctor



    "May the Lord be with You and your Sheep"

  11. JOwen

    JOwen Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks friends.:D
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