Monthly Archives: June 2011

Praying for Eight Things Pastors Need from the Holy Spirit

In C. H. Spurgeon’s book on pastoral ministry, Lectures to My Students, he talks about eight ways pastors need the help of the Holy Spirit. Several of these apply specially to preaching, but there is much application for ministry in general as well. After reading this list, I am reminded that we are utterly helpless if we do not have the help of the Holy Spirit, and any ministry will be powerless if not empowered by Him. I have summarized and adapted these below as an encouragement to believers in Christ to pray these things for your pastor, or if you are a pastor, for yourself and fellow ministers of the Word. Pray for the Holy Spirit to grant:

1. knowledge – that God would illuminate his study of the Word, particularly showing him the things of Christ.

2. wisdom – particularly, how to use knowledge rightly and communicate it appropriately to various types of people.

3. freedom of utterance – a boldness of speech that clearly and appropriately communicates the truth in the choice of words and emotional expression, and is also free from that which would distort, dishonor, or distract from the message.

4. an anointing on the entire delivery during his preaching– so that not only in his speaking, but in his body language, eye contact, demeanor, and consciousness, the Spirit would specially rest upon him and use him.

5. the actual effect of the gospel – that the Holy Spirit would work in the lives of hearers, producing the lasting change that comes from the work of God in hearts, instead of apathy to the message or manufactured or manipulated responses that are not genuine.

6. a spirit of supplications – that the pastor would continually rely on God in prayer, daily, as well as in the midst of his ministering, including while preaching.

7. a spirit of holiness – that the pastor will be set apart from the world, kept clean from that which is impure and defiling, and living a life in public and private that is worthy of the gospel.

8. a spirit of discernment – that God would help the pastor to know how to deal with a variety of people, including those who are difficult, and that he would make the best choices in using his time, being able to see, value, and choose what is best for a given situation.

From volume 2 of Lectures to My Students, “The Holy Spirit in Connection with Our Ministry” (free eBook from Google; this chapter begins on page 15)

Update: Clintwood Hermeneutics Class Scheduled to Begin June 30

We are planning to kick off a new CAPS Hermeneutics (Bible study methods) class on Thursday, June 30 at Clintwood Baptist Church in Clintwood, Virginia.  The tentative time is presently 7 p.m., and we will update this if it changes prior to June 30.  I will be teaching and overseeing the class along with Pastor Bryant Owens of Clintwood Baptist.

This class is intended as a prelude to a subsequent course, homiletics (preaching), and will involve an in-depth study of Philippians as an application of the principles of Bible study we learn (the later preaching class focuses on preaching Philippians).

There is no educational prerequisite or tuition charge for the class; the only cost will be for books ($4 each for a single textbook) and the notebook (about $10 to cover cost of materials).  We plan to meet for about six weeks (on Thursdays), starting Thursday, June 30.

If you would like to join this class or learn more about it, please contact us as soon as possible so we can touch base with you and make sure we have enough class materials.

Please click here to contact us if you are interested or know someone who may be interested.  We will then be in touch with you about more specifics, including a brief application that we would like to receive from students prior to the class.

For the first class, students need to bring the following materials to class, as they will be helpful to begin a historical background study of Philippians:

  • at least one Bible
  • one or two study tools from the following list:
    • Study Bible
    • Concordance
    • Bible dictionary
    • Bible encyclopedia
    • Book on manners and customs
    • Book on Bible or New Testament history
    • Secular history book that covers the Roman empire and Philippi
    • Exegetical/technical commentary on Philippians
Doug Smith

Summer Hermeneutics Class in Clintwood, Virginia

We are looking at the possibility of offering a class in how to study the Bible in conjunction with Clintwood Baptist Church in Clintwood, Virginia, this summer.  If we have about 10 men committed to the class, we can offer it (we have two committed so far).  This class is intended as a prelude to a subsequent course, homiletics (preaching), and will involve an in-depth study of Philippians as an application of the principles of Bible study we learn (the later preaching class focuses on preaching Philippians).

There is no educational prerequisite or tuition charge for the class; the only cost will be for books ($4 each for a single textbook) and the notebook (about $10 to cover cost of materials).  We plan to meet for about six weeks (on Thursdays), starting Thursday, June 30.

We need to hear from you by June 15 if you are interested, so we can plan accordingly.

Please click here to contact us if you are interested or know someone who may be interested.  We will then be in touch with you about more specifics, including a brief application that we would like to receive from students prior to the class.