Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Here is a timely word

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on January 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Here is a timely word, to pastors, from Pastor Albert Martin, a faithful servant of God.

Be determined more than ever to be a godly Christ like man in the totality of your redeemed humanity. What your people most need, and what an on-looking world most needs in your ministry, is a man who in his person in the totality of his redeemed humanity is both an exemplarity validation and an illustration of the power of the gospel. We all know the text, “I am not ashamed of the gospel it is the power of God unto salvation.”

When and where that power is operative, what does it produce?  Anyone who knows you, anyone who knows me; anyone who has opportunity to look upon the rhythms, the patterns, the contours of our lives should be able to say, “Do you want to know what the power of the gospel does? Look at that man; he is an imperfect but real and undeniable manifestation of that power!”

This was the great burden of the Apostle Paul in the influence that he had with his younger colleagues, when he writes to Timothy giving him what we would call as a back breaking litany of ministerial responsibilities, among the churches.  A tremendously broad scope of responsibilities, yet in the midst of it he says to Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” In all your labors Timothy, you are to be the embodiment of your message.

If people listen to you and people appropriate to themselves an intelligent faith, what you are instructing them to be and do, Timothy, be that in yourself!

David Charles
Providence Reformed Baptist Church
Toledo, Ohio
  1. Amen David and the greatest of these things to exemplify is love !! May we understand what ‘truthing it in love’ looks like in 2010 as we prayerfully and sincerely support one another in the greatest work in all the world…!!! Happy New Year my brother, from California !

  2. Robert this is also the most difficult! How often I wonder at the love and patience of our Lord with His thickheaded and hardhearted disciples. Then I realize that I need that kind of love daily.

    BTW the picture is from the church that Geerhardus Vos’ funeral was held.

  3. We live in a day like Isaiah’s. In chapter 3 the people are bereft of masculine leadership, women and children rule making culture feminine and juvenile, authority is mismanaged, competent leaders can’t be found and those who can lead refuse to do so. But in chapter 32 we read of a promised King with princes whose leadership is thus described: “Behold, a king will reign righteously and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.” (Isaiah 32:1-2)
    I see King Jesus here who was previously prophesied in Isa 9:6,7. Would not His princely priestly sons, the “princes,” be those men who, in their respective callings, exercise His gracious gospel rule and offer others the blessing of their godly leadership? Commentator George Adam Smith describes such leadership from these verses as follows: “But set down a rock on the sand, and see the difference its presence makes. After a few showers to the leeward side of the boulder some blades will spring up; if you have patience, you will see in time a garden. How has the boulder produced this? Simply by arresting the drift. Now that is exactly how great men benefit human life. A great man serves his generation, serves the whole race, by arresting the drift. Deadly forces, blind and fatal as the desert wind, sweep down human history (like the drifting sand of the desert): superstition, error, poisonous custom, dust-laden controversy. What has saved humanity has been the upraising of some great man to resist those drifts, to set his will, strong through faith, against the prevailing tendency, and be the shelter of the weaker, but not less desirous, souls of his brethren. The history of what man has accomplished in the world is at bottom the history of the great men who have worked there. Under God, personal human power is the highest force, and God has ever used it as His chief instrument. Great men are not the whole of life, but they are the condition of all the rest; if it were not for the big men, the little ones could scarcely live. The first requisites of religion and civilization are outstanding characters.”
    Men are God’s method. “There came a man sent from God whose name was John” (Jn 1:6) is a most practical verse. Look back over your life at those influences that most affected you and you will identify people: your Dad, your Mom, a teacher, and if you’re a believer, likely, a pastor. I thank God for those godly men He has sent to me, and one of them is Pastor Martin, “an imperfect but real and undeniable manifestation of” the “power of the gospel,” “an embodiment of (our) message.” I hope I might be such a sent man, an embodiment of the gospel message, an administrator of Christ’s gospel rule in the exercise of my stewardships. I’m grateful for the showers of God’s grace that has allowed my little blade of a life to benefit from God’s boulder-like men whose leadership and character God has used for my benefit and His glory.

  4. Thank you Pastors Charles and Dunn…great thoughts, even for us pew folks. Thanks for sharing…

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