On reading “On Being A Servant of God” as a Devotional

I’m nine days into Warren W. Wiersbe’s classic On Being A Servant of God.  There are thirty neatly packed chapters.  I’m really enjoying them.

For example, in the first chapter Wiersbe defines ministry thus:

Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.  (p. 3)

So if you’re looking for richly packed, insightful, yet concise, readings on Christian ministry from a seasoned saint and pastor, let me recommend On Being A Servant of God.

30 readings over 30 days.

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18 Responses to On reading “On Being A Servant of God” as a Devotional

  1. John says:

    Great book…I have read it a few times!

  2. T.C. R says:

    John,

    Yes, I’m discovering that. I’m really enjoy how he weaves Scripture and his knowledge of church history in reference to pastors and Christian in ministry.

  3. TC,

    Btw, this “servant” has turned back towards Classic Dispensationalism, and the Pre-Tribulation Rapture! As Warren Wiresbe is also I believe? Your the first outside my own blog to hear this from me! 🙂

    • T.C. R says:

      Yes, I believe Wiersbe shares the same. What caused such a dramatic shift? 🙂

      • TC,

        Well I was already a Progressive Dispensational, but with all the stuff out and about the End Times, and of course Modern Israel. I was doing a re-check of my positions, and too the timing of the Rapture, or Catching-Away. And both the Classic Dispensational, and the Pre-trib. seems the most biblical now! (Check my blog under Eschatology and End Times, if you care? I have gone into some biblical and certain Textual detail there.) But the Text of 2 Thess 2:1 from the NET Bible Translation was major for me, it unfolds the complete Coming and Parousia-Presence of Christ…both the fulness of the Visible Second Coming: “arrival” (return) of Christ, and the.. “our being gathered together to be with Him”. And there it is not the “timing” of the latter or Rapture, but the full reality of the “arrival-return” there!

        “Now regarding the arrival [Return] of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with him.” (2 Thess. 2:1 NET Bible Translation)…return in the brackets (mine) is seen in the NET notes on this text. And also, the Rapture is only seen fully in 1 Thess. 4: 16-18 / 1 Cor. 15:51-52, etc. / and Phil. 3: 14 ; 21. It is a Pauline revelation or revealed “mystery” (1 Cor. 15:51)!

  4. T.C. R says:

    Fr. Robert,

    I see. But the NET Bible is hardly unbiased in these discussions. After all, it’s DTS produced, the house of classic dispensationalism. 😉

    |And also, the Rapture is only seen fully in 1 Thess. 4: 16-18 / 1 Cor. 15:51-52, etc. / and Phil. 3: 14 ; 21. It is a Pauline revelation or revealed “mystery” (1 Cor. 15:51)!|

    I was listening to John MacArthur recently, and you sure sound like him on these matters.

    If the so-called Rapture was “seen fully,” why was there never a consensus as in our beloved ecumenical creeds? The very question has yielded the answer we’re seeking. 😉

    • TC,

      This has in reality been my own study! (Note TC I was raised around “Brethernism”, with my PB greatgram) And I do read the Greek Text myself, but I admit to the help of the Net Bible certainly…their rendering of 2 Thess, 2:1 was very helpful! And of course the whole End-Time is a “progressive” understanding, note Dan. 12: 4, etc. Also, we must simply let scripture interpret scripture! Theology must run behind somewhat. And Dispensationalism is not strictly “theology” so much as a biblical hermeneutic. Let me recommend again Ryrie’s revised & expanded book: Dispensationalism! That too, has been a blessing…but really after the fact this time for me. 🙂

      • T.C. R says:

        Fr. Robert,

        I have Ryrie’s rev & exp. Dispensationalism I’m aware of the arguments from both the classic and progressive camps. I’ve been there.

        If I were arguing for Dispensationalism, I wouldn’t turn to the NET Bible, given its bias. That’s all.

        I’m sure not at the level of expertise as the folks behind the NET Bible, but I do question their decision to go for “arrival” at 2 Thess. 2:1 but “coming” at 1 Thess. 2:19 and 3:13 for the Greek parousia.

      • TC,

        Of course the Greek word in 2 Thess. 2:1 for “Coming” is prefixed (note I don’t have the real Greek apparatus for my computer)..and it is “Parousia”. To quote W.E. Vine, “Parousia, is lit., a presence, “para”, with, and “ousia”… denotes BOTH AN ARRIVAL AND A CONSEQUENT PRESENCE WITH.” (Cap’s of course mine). Also Vine says, “When used of the return of Christ, at the Rapture of the Church, it signifies, not merely His momentary coming for the saints, but His presence with them from that moment until His revelation and manifestation to the world. In some passages the word gives prominence to the beginning of that period, the course of the period being implied, 1 Cor. 15:23 ; 1 Thes 4:15 ; 5:23 ; 2 Thes. 2:1. . . . In some, the course is prominent, Matt. 24: 3,37 ; 1 Thess. 3:13 ; 1 John 2:28 ; in others the conclusion of the period, Matt. 24:27 ; 2 Thess. 2:8.”

        So here Vine at least gives direct support of the use of the word “arrival” for Parousia, and he sees the whole “Coming” of Christ as a somewhat series, two aspects in the one great “Event”. Simply in 1 Thess. 4: 16-18 we have the so-called “Rapture”- “catching-up” (Harpazo, Gk.), which is our “comfort” and ‘Blessed Hope’. And beginning in 1 Thess. 5:1-3, etc. we have some of the “events”…further seen 2 Thess. chapter one and two, etc.

        This is my own study, mostly just the differents Texts themselves, but with the help too.. of many others (Darby, Kelly, Vine..etc. and also surely the NET Bible! 🙂

      • PS..TC, Note if you have? Or have access to E.W. Bullinger’s: A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament. See his many Greek uses of the word/words “Come”! This tool and lexical work of Bullinger is simply a tremendous blessing! It was this work itself that Bullinger was given the D.D. by the then Archbishop of Canterbury (Archibald Campbell), for his” eminent service in the Church in the department of Biblical criticism.”

  5. T.C. R says:

    Fr. Robert,

    Vine’s is a poor example, reading much of his theology into the understanding of parousia. This wouldn’t work. 😉

    Paul knows of only one coming of the Lord, one parousia.

    • TC,

      That’s “your” opinion of course! Vine is a grand example, just like much of Bullinger’s work for me! Are you sure your still a “seeker” of biblical truth? Something we must ask ourselves, and often! But, I’m done sharing this with you for now! Note, Matthew 7: 6…ouch! 😉 I only quote this verse by spiritual application…a fallen dispensationalist you are! 🙂

  6. T.C. R says:

    Fr. Robert,

    Don’t forget that I once embraced Dispensationalism. And precisely because I kept an open mind why I give it up. So you see, keeping an open mind run both ways. 😉

    • TC,

      Perhaps, and maybe someday, you will come back to Dispensationalism, and see the error of your way? 😉 Certainly, as ‘the Day’ approaches I pray! Heck, I might even live long enough to see more signs of the End of the Age? Certainly I will be in ‘the Rapture’…one way or the other! But again one thing is certain, God is a “Biblical” Zionist! 🙂 Come, Lord Jesus!

      • T.C. R says:

        My eschatology has been reduced to simply this: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:3-4 ESV).

      • Great verse of course! But one must seek its context and exegesis, and certainly right within St. Paul himself! Indeed, the eschatological truth is much more than the general stuff of Covenant Theology! And now most especially as we see the depth of the apostasy in the Church, and too the things still happening in and around modern Israel! And note too Ezek. 37, etc. (There are simply more Messianic Jews in Israel right now…Yep!)

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