What a privilege!


Volume No. 2011 Issue No. 11 Date: March 27, 2011

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 570.829.5216 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

In Ephesians 4:11 we read, "And He Gave Some … Pastor's" For some 45 years I have filled the office of God's calling as a Pastor. For 36 of those years, God has given me the privilege of being a Senior Pastor. I have never gotten used to it. What a privilege! A congregation to a Pastor is like sheep to a shepherd, children to a father. There is something awesome about having this responsibility that I cannot explain. Yet it is the most humbling position to be an under shepherd of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Numerous New Testament passages highlight the importance of praying for those who have been called to gospel ministry, as well as those who bear spiritual responsibility for our lives. Over and over again, Paul appealed to the churches where he ministered, "Finally brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." I Thessalonians 5:25. The Apostle Paul needed the prayers of God's people. He strongly hinted of this in his letters.

I have often made this comment to the leadership of the churches where God has given me the privilege to serve as Senior Pastor. "The only way I am going to succeed as Pastor of this church is by the sovereignty of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the prayers of the leadership and the congregation." Here are some suggestions of ways you can pray for YOUR pastor:

Lord, I pray for discernment in exposing any schemes of the enemy against my pastor, Ephesians
Heavenly Father, I thank thee that no weapon formed against my pastor will prosper. Set your holy angels about him. Set a refuge and fortress about him and his family, and in your faithfulness meet their every need.

Lord, let my pastor have a discerning mind to prioritize the precious minutes in the day. Let my
pastor discern what is most important and be guarded against the tyranny of the urgent.

Heavenly Father, bless my pastor with a rich and blessed time in the study of the Word of God.
Prepare his heart and give him discernment for the messages to be preached this Sunday.

Lord, by thy Holy Spirit anoint my pastor with the truth and grant him your power as he preaches
the Word of God. May God's people be edified with ears to hear what God's Spirit has to say and
may the unsaved accept Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, keep my pastor from pride and self glory. Keep the cross of Jesus Christ and the glory of God as the reason for his ministry. Let him see the full revelation of Jesus Christ and have the desire to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.

As a pastor I am eternally grateful for all a congregation can and will do for me as their pastor or for the work of the ministry. But the greatest thing you can do for your pastor is to PRAY FOR HIM. This week’s Weekly SERMON continues our study of"How to Treat One Another in the Family of God" by focusing on"How to Pray for Your Pastor in the Family of God."

In His Amazing Grace,
Pastor David Miklas

PS: As we have repeatedly said, we will not charge for sending the Weekly SERMON. However there are expenses associated with doing what we do. If possible during 2011, would you please consider helping us in this faith ministry? Your donation will help us to continue to “stand in the gap” in “teaching others also.” After you have given your tithes to your church and taken care of your pastor, would you consider giving either a yearly gift, or a monthly offering? Remember, for the purposes of financial accountability, we have placed this ministry under the Green Street Baptist Chapel of Edwardsville, PA. Checks made out to Green Street Baptist Chapel, memo to the Bible Baptist ministry and mailed to Bible Baptist Ministry 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706 will be applied to this ministry.

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