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The Christian Writer Is A Minister
To see writing as a ministry, which requires the same commitment, consecration and devotion as the more
common ones such as the pulpit ministry
A.
A minister is a servant
1)
A minister is a servant to the Master and not the audience
Hebrews 5
4
, 2 Corinthians 1
1
, Galatians 1
10
ü
How do you distinguish between the two?
2)
Do not write to please your readers
1 Thessalonians 2
4
ü
How does the readers' pressure show up?
3)
Write to please your Master
Galatians 1
1
ü
How do you escape the pressure of your readers?
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4)
To serve is to act in obedience to the instructions of your Master
Luke 17
10
ü
How do you avoid the snare of activities?
B.
A minister is sent
1)
Do not write what you want to write
Romans 16
18
ü
How do you respond to trending issues?
2)
Do not write what people want you to write
1 Samuel 15
24
ü
How do you handle your readers' expectations?
3)
Write only what you are sent to write
2 Corinthians 4
2
ü
How feasible is it to stick to only what you are sent to write?
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4)
Search out what is on God's mind to be expressed through your writing
Acts 22
15
; 26
16
ü
What are the hindrances to expressing God's mind?
C.
A minister is dependent on the Master
1)
The support of the Master is required to write with precision and accuracy
Colossians 1
28, 29
ü
Why is the writer's skill not enough?
2)
The support of the Master is required to bring sense out of the writings
1 Corinthians 1
22,23
ü
Why does God use foolishness as wisdom?
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3)
The support of the Master is required to communicate via the writings
Luke 24
45
, Acts 8
30-35
ü
Why do people misinterpret the message?
4)
The support of the Master is required to generate the appropriate response
Acts 2
37
; 16
14
ü
What response do you look forward to when you write?
D.
A minister is a representative
1)
Live as a worthy representative of God
Proverbs 13
17
, 2 Corinthians 5
20
ü
Could a message be accepted without accepting the messenger?
2)
Live what you write
1 Thessalonians 1
5
, 1 Timothy 4
16
, Titus 2
7
ü
How do you manage a contradiction between the letters and practice?
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3)
The life gives authority to your writings
2 Timothy 3
10, 14
ü
How does your life inspire confidence in your writings?
4)
Write as the oracle of God
Romans 1
5
, 1 Peter 4
11
ü
What difference does it make when you write authoritatively?
E.
A minister addresses and meets the needs of his audience
1)
Write to attend to their needs and not wants
Isaiah 61
1-4
,
1 Corinthians 4
1
, 12
4-7
ü
Why do people mix up needs and wants?
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3)
Wants are what the readers think should be addressed
Luke 20
27-38
ü
What necessitate amplifying wants over needs?
2)
Needs is what God want to address
Jude 1
3
ü
How do you point people's attention to God's priorities?
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