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

    :up::up::banana:

    Congrats!!!

    "May the Lord be with You and your Sheep"

    Blade
     
  11. JOwen

    JOwen Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks friends.:D
     
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