Twelve Standards of Christian Ministry

 

I.    “Ministry” shall be defined as a service on behalf of one that impacts another.  “Christian ministry” then shall be defined as “That ministry which personifies Christ’ ministry, demonstrating His conduct and producing His results.”  This requires use of His tools, specifically 1) faith in 2) the Holy Spirit; the source of His strength and direction. On any level of order, empowerment and guidance from the Holy Spirit requires: a) knowing and accepting the obvious truth, b) living in ongoing, unconditional, radical, emotional love with God, both always and at times of purposed solitude, and c) unabashed obedience to whatever the Spirit directs.  These were demonstrated by Christ’s life. (Josh 1:8; Ps 15:1-3; Mt 9:29; 14:23; 23:23; Mk 1:35; Lk 5:16, 20; 17:6; 22:32; Jn 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; Rom 1:20; 5:8; 8:14; 1 Cor 1:18-30; 13; Gal 5:15-17; Eph 4:12-16; 6:18; Heb 6:10; 11:6)

II.   God, who created man, and is the original of which man is the image, gave us His Word to function as a written guide for living.

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I Knew a Priest

I knew a priest whose ministry was good,
Serving God and people as best as he could.

But tragedy struck with his dissertation,
He exploited his weakness—the whole situation!

A doctorate in ministry: he joined the proud few,
By a paper entitled, “I’m Insecure, and So Are You.”

Irony divides, can’t make up its mind.
Where do we oppose and draw the last line?

Secureness in ministry is required by the Word.
And proving the obvious is truly absurd.

A man who would choose such a odd-sounding title–!?
Only love can dispute him, just even one trifle.

A ministry seminary being so dignified
By approving his work defines him “Unqualified.”

I should have known, I should have seen,
That a man so prone would soon have to lean
On opinions of others including his dean
To validate a mess Christian brothers can clean.

And the greatest victim, the most pitied party,
Isn’t a friend once held hearty,
But the man himself, whose papers were tardy
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Revelation Outline

Outline of Revelation by Chapter


01 — Greeting

02 — To: Ephesus, *Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira (*blameless)

03 — To: Sardis, *Philadelphia, Laodicea (*blameless)

04 — Throne Room

05 — Scroll, Worthy Lamb

06 — Seals 1~6

07 — 144K Sealed, Multitude Robed

08 — Seal 7, Trumpets 1~4

09 — Woes 1~2 = Trumpets 5~6

10 — Cloud Dude & the Small Scroll

11 — Measure, Two Witnesses, Woe 3 = Trumpet 7

12 — Woman vs Dragon

13 — Dragon & Beast

14 — Lamb & The Faithful on Mount, Six Angels Announce, Wrath-Winepress-Reaping

15 — Giving of the Bowls

16 — Pouring of the Bowls

17 — Harlot & Beast

18 — Prophecy against Harlot

19 — Victory Song over Fallen Harlot

20 — Satan Imprisoned, Jesus’ Millennium, Satan Released, Judgment of All Things

21 — All Is New

22 — River of Life and Invitation, Salutation  · · · →

Man: Soul, Spirit, Body

I authored this about nine years ago or so. It’s from my Doctrinal Statement. It contains some Greek, so you may need to install some fonts if letters don’t display correctly. As a language student, I opted to use a more distinguishable method of transliteration.

The “soul” (pseuchae/ψευχη) is redeemable (James 1:21) though sin lives in the “flesh”/physical body (sarx/σαρχ) (Romans 7:18-19). A spirit is not necessarily a being, it can be an emotion or atmosphere—“spirit of hate/joy [or something else positive or negative]” —(Jb 20:3, Pr 1:23, Is 4:4; 28:6, 57:15; 61:3, Hos 4:12, Rom 8:15a, 15b, 1 Cor 4:21, 2 Cor 4:13, Gal 6:1, Eph 1:17, 2 Tm 1:7, 1 Jn 4:6) “Spirit” (pneuma/πνευμα) also means “wind” in almost every sense, and is even taught in this way by Christ (John 3:8). The “soul” (pseuchae/ψευχη) is never referred to in any of these ways, but it is redeemable (as mentioned in James 1:21) and therefore eternal.

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