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THIS IS A PASTORAL MINISTRY GOD WILL BLESS

carpenter-1176380-1280x960Ray Ortlund:

Do your best: “An all-out effort measured by who you are, not by who you are not and can never be.  But by God’s grace you can do your best with who you are.”

to present yourself: “He may put you before masses, or he may put you before a few.  But you are available to him for whatever role he thinks is most strategic for the redemption of the world in your generation.” 

to God: “Not to people, primarily, but to God, who knows quality work when he sees it.”

as one approved: “By God’s standards, which will wonderfully satisfy your own conscience, though your divinely approved work will inevitably dissatisfy some people.”

a worker: “Not a big talker, not a dreamer, not a theorist, but a lover of solid accomplishment.”

who has no need to be ashamed: “The closer his work is inspected, the better it gets.  There is nothing hidden, except even deeper quality.”

rightly handling the word of truth: “Do not swerve from the truth for petty quarrels about words or irreverent babble.  Stay centred in hyper-focus on the “of first importance” gospel, and tell it to them straight: industrial-strength grace pouring out on extreme sinners through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit.”

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WHAT RESPONSIBILITIES DO WE HAVE TOWARDS OTHER CHURCHES?

FEDD5C6039Ed Moll:

We have a responsibility to like-minded churches to seek unity as partners in the gospel: “The gospel that we share unites us in Christ as brothers and sisters, with a common bond and a common task.”

We have a responsibility to local churches at least as neighbours: “We share a postcode, and our responsibility to know and love our neighbourhood extends to knowing and loving the other churches and church leaders. Whatever we may think of them and their ministry, the locals think of them as churches and church leaders.”

The one thing we mustn’t do is confuse partnership and neighbourliness!

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SCHEDULE TIMES WHEN YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE

file3431283659101Ted Tripp:

“You will also have to protect your family times or you will not have any.

Be sure to organise your life and ministry to allow time to spend with your family…

Manage your schedule and schedule times when you are not available to the congregation you serve.”

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BAND OF BROTHERS: 1 KINGS 1-11 (PART 4)

Band of BrothersA key part of our elder’s meetings is time in God’s Word and prayer which I usually lead.

Here’s the next part of a series working through 1 Kings 1-11.

Download my notes on 1 Kings 3:16-28 as a pdf

More notes can be found HERE.

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OUGHT TO BE MORE CONSIDERED THAN THE SERMON

1095489_57970528Charles Spurgeon:

“It is my solemn conviction that the prayer is one of the most weighty,

useful,

and honourable

parts of the service,

and that it ought to be even more considered than the sermon.”

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10 OF THOSE TUESDAY

HolinessEvery Tuesday I want to highlight on this blog a great resource that is available from 10ofthose.com and some great deals for you to check out.

This week’s resource is an incredible deal on Kevin DeYoung’s The Hole in our Holiness.

£2 each or when you buy 25 copies only 99p each (Orders need to be placed by midday on 29 July).

That price is just crazy!

The Hole in our Holiness is available to buy HERE.

And while you’re visiting 10ofthose.com you might like to check out the latest offers on a number of resources including a whole host of other books for only £1.

THE BIG READ – JESUS IN RUTH

RuthAt Banstead Community Church, we are continuing to read the Old Testament as part of The Big Read and are reading through Ruth together as a local church during the month of August.

Here’s an overview talk on Ruth I gave and the accompanying handout.

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Download Handout

More talks in the The Big Read series can be found HERE.

SERMON: ACTS 1:1-11

27PNUR3Z83Sermon I preached on Acts 1:1-11 at Banstead Community Church on 26th July 2015.

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1. We need proof

2. We need power

3. We need a plan

4. We need a promise

More sermons can be found HERE

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A BOLD ADVANCE

Last night at our weekly prayer meeting at Banstead Community Church, we watched one of the DVD’s from the Dispatches from the Front series, about how Jesus is building His church in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Challenging, heart-breaking, yet thrilling!

All the DVDs in the series are available to buy HERE.