"For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. " 1 Corinthians 2:2

6 Distinguishing Marks of a Call to Gospel Ministry | Steve Lawson

from Ligonier.org

If there is anything else a man can do other than preach, Martyn Lloyd-Jones maintained, he ought to do it. The pulpit is no place for him. The ministry is not merely something an individual can do, but what he must do. To enter the pulpit, that necessity must be laid upon him. A God-called man, he believed, would rather die than live without preaching. Lloyd-Jones often quoted the famed British pastor Charles H. Spurgeon: “If you can do anything else do it. If you can stay out of the ministry, stay out of the ministry.” In other words, only those who believe they are chosen by God for the pulpit should proceed in undertaking this sacred task.

“Preachers are born, not made,” Lloyd-Jones asserted. “This is an absolute. You will never teach a man to be a preacher if he is not already one.” It was clearly the case in the life of Lloyd-Jones. He realized he was not joining a volunteer army.

What constitutes this call to preach? Lloyd-Jones identified six distinguishing marks of this divine summons to the pulpit. He himself had felt the gravity of each of these realities weighing heavily upon his own soul. He believed the same spiritual forces should come to bear on all preachers.

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Brief Sermon For Busy People-“ Be Careful—God Still Answers Prayer” | Pat Loftin

pat loftinAn old preacher (with a beautiful sense of humor) was guest speaker to a group of young ministers. He said, “When I was a young preacher I saw a lot of old preachers who were negative, bitter, and sour. I prayed that God would not let me be like them! I asked God to make me sweet. Fellows, God has answered my prayer— now I have sugar diabetes!”

Be careful when you pray for patience! God might send you trials, troubles, and tribulations! As the aged Christian woman said to her old friend, “If the Good Lord wants me to tribulate, I will tribulate!” The Bible states in Romans 5:3 that “troubles can develop patience in us” (The Message). So, we conclude that sensible, sound, and safe praying would be to pray daily that clause in the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” We’ll never go wrong when we pray and live the will of God!

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

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The Five Points of Calvinism | Afterward by John MacArthur

Scripture speaks with absolute, unmistakable clarity on these vital issues:
(1) Sinners are utterly helpless to redeem themselves or to contribute anything meritorious toward their own salvation (Rom 8:7-8).
(2) God is sovereign in the exercise of His saving Will (Eph 1:4-5).
(3) Christ died as a substitute who bore the full weight of God’s wrath on behalf of His people, and his atoning work is efficacious for their salvation (Isa. 53:5).
(4) God’s saving purpose cannot be thwarted (John 6:37), meaning none of Christ’s true sheep will ever be lost (John 10:27-29). That is because
(5) God assures the perseverance of His elect (Jude 24; Phil 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5).

Those are the five points of Calvinism. I believe them not because of their historical pedigree, but because that is what Scripture teaches.

John F. MacArthur Jr.

Extracted from The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended and Documented. 2nd Edition : David Steele, Curtis Thomas, and Lance Quinn. Click title to learn more about the book.

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The Apostles Creed

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