I am so grateful that Forrest has faithfully been "with me, useful to me for service," just like Luke and Mark were to Paul
(2 Timothy 4:11).
challenged the Colossians, "Say to Archippus, 'take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord that you may fulfill it'" (4:17).
was even accused by persecutors of being "a real pest.
was a "career missionary," but preached through a series of short-term projects.
The apostle Paul
went on to say that they must be "Men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain" (verse 8).
They are serious about their service, and they do not lie, bear false witness, or gossip.
They abstain from alcohol and any other possible addictions.
They are not greedy, dishonest, or questionable in their work.
It is interesting that Paul
speaks about the tongue, implying that they must not say one thing and mean another, profess loyalty on one hand and spread discord in private.
All of us can say with that "old salt," Paul
the apostle, "The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom" (2 Timothy 4:18).
Speaking of being courageous, we welcome Dr. Paul Negrut
to our pulpit this weekend.
will also be ministering with our Romanian ministry on Saturday and Sunday.
successfully stood up against the communist regime in Romania, enduring repeated interrogations and constant threats to his
life and that of his
He has a PhD in theology and is founder/president of Emanuel University and Pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church in Oradea.
is internationally recognized as one of the key Christian leaders in all of Europe and has spoken widely at churches and conventions in the United States as well.
was knighted by the President of Romania
and awarded the â€œTorch of Freedomâ€ by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
We are greatly blessed to have him in the pulpit this weekend.
I did not want you to miss the opportunity of hearing renowned people like Paul
, just as we have been blessed in the past by John Stott, Adrian Rogers, E.V. Hill, and Stephen Olford.
In 1 Corinthians 15:6, Paul
claimed that 500 witnesses saw Him alive, most of whom were still living at the time.
However, as Paul
wrote to the Romans in Koine Greek, he
gave a powerful picture of the difference which a Christian can make in the world as â€œMinisters of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of Godâ€ (Rom. 15:16).
also prayed in that same verse that his
â€œoffering of the Gentiles may become acceptable.â€ This â€œministryâ€ and â€œofferingâ€ was used by the Greek Athenians to refer to the supply for a chorus for dramas, with as many as 18 festivals being performed.
needed to grow in the Lord and to be guided by more mature believers.
The Lord called out an obscure disciple, Ananias, to be a trainer of this young learner.
was a spiritual baby just like all of us when we come to Christ