These are the regular devotional thoughts of Pastor Marvin McKenzie from Bible Baptist Church in Puyallup Washington.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Romans 12:3 KJV The Grace to Preach
Romans 12:3 (KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
It is generally agreed that the grace to which Paul refers is his authority as one called of God into the ministry.
He did not speak from an educated positionThough Paul was the most educated of the apostles.
He did not speak from the perspective of personal experienceThough Paul had witnessed a great deal from which to draw in his years as a Christian.
He did not speak as one who was beloved of his audienceThough there were some whose love for Paul would have motivated them to act.
Paul spoke as one with authority due to his officeA preacher is wisest when he speaks from this same grace. Though he may be able to lead people to action by other means, the only long-term results of his ministry will come from his study of the Scriptures and authoritative, confident declaration of them.
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Romans 12:3 The Grace to Preach
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