Pastor, Have You Been With Jesus?

ChurchLeaders | 9/19/2018 | Staff
Mandyixus (Posted by) Level 3
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A friend and I talked about a conference we both attended during different years. I told him about the year I attended, then he told me about the year he attended. As he listed the speakers he heard, I asked about a particular name. I knew of this man’s ministry, but had never heard him speak. I inquired, “Can he preach?”

My friend answered affirmatively and emphatically. “He knows how to handle the text,” my friend expanded. “And you can tell he’s been with Jesus.”

Conversation - Anything - Statement - Jesus

The conversation ended there, because I did not say anything else. I could not. I was stuck on the statement, “And you can tell he’s been with Jesus.”

The statement itself was not new to me. I recognized the biblical reference.

Peter - John - Witness - Christ - Christian

Peter and John were arrested, because of their witness for Christ. And they did not waver in the Christian witness as they stood trial before the Jewish rulers, elders and scribes in Jerusalem. Almost parenthetically, Luke notes:

The apostles did not have formal education, institutional clout or ministerial prominence. But it was obvious that these men had been with Jesus. The religious leaders were not complimenting the Christlikeness of the apostles. It was just a plain statement of fact, even though these religious leaders did not know the magnitude of what they said. The words and deeds of the apostles made it obvious that these men had spent time with Jesus of Nazareth.

Way - Preacher - Gospel - Jesus - Friend

This is a great way to describe a preacher of the gospel. He has been with Jesus. Unfortunately, until my friend’s passing statement, I had never heard a preacher’s pulpit ministry described that way.

After scanning my mental files for a moment, I double-clicked on my own ministry. Could this be said of me? When I stand to preach, is it obvious to those who hear me that...
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