Am I Called to the Ministry?

by | Jun 17, 2011 | Audio/Video, Practical Theology

From talking with many other men who desire to serve Christ in the ministry, I know that we often struggle to know whether we are called by our Savior to serve Him as a pastor. The question “Am I called to the ministry?” is a personal one for me, which is why I have asked the pastors at Heritage Baptist Church to assess my calling.

Lately, there has been quite a bit of writing about this question in the evangelical blogosphere. But I especially appreciate the new post by Justin Taylor, which includes links to resources as well as several videos. Having found the videos especially helpful, I wanted to let others know about them as well. Here they are:

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Implications of Jesus’ Relationship to the Law

Implications of Jesus’ Relationship to the Law

You remember that we are working through Matthew 5:17-20 under the theme we determined at the beginning of this blog series. That theme concerns Jesus’ relationship to the Old Testament Scriptures. Those Scriptures are described in the way typical of the New Testament as the law and the prophets. Jesus’ relation to them is described both negatively and positively. It is not to abolish but to fulfill them. Jesus comes to bring the Scriptures to their intended goal or predestined destination. This relationship of Jesus to the Old Testament is the underlying theme of the entirety of verses 17-20.

The Perpetuity of the Law

The Perpetuity of the Law

This, then, is why Jesus feels the need to issue this warning. A new time—the time of the kingdom—has come. What will this mean for the law and the prophets? Does it mean that their time is over and that their authority has been overthrown? To this Jesus gives an emphatic answer. It does not! He does not overthrow their authority. Rather, the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures remains and must remain inviolate forever. It is not their abolition, but their fulfillment which Jesus brings.

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