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This text along with others demonstrates the behavior of an Excellent Minister.
In this special initial paper on Preachers and Preaching, I want you to essentially see two biblical principles: viz., the foundation and the freedom of the excellent minister/pastor-teacher.
I. The Foundation of an Excellent Minister (Gal.1:11-12).
The Call is paramount and significant in the life of the minister...consider with me three elements of his call:
A. The nature of the call
– 11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Gal. 1:11-12)
B. The knowledge of the call
– 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased (Gal. 1:15)
C. The purpose of the call
– 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles (Gal 1:16).
II. The Freedom of An Excellent Minister (Gal. 1:12)
- The Confidence that comes with the divine call. We
will see that it’s negative and positive:
A. The call is not Man-centered (Gal. 1:12a).
“I did not receive it from any man”
B. The call is God-centered (Gal. 1:12b).
“I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ”
C. The call is Grace empowered (Gal. 1:15)
15 “But when God, who set me apart from birth and
called me by his grace, was pleased…”