The Pastor’s Conference And Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 3

June 12     Pastor’s Conference

Sunday    8 PM     Theme:  Live This    II Timothy 4:5

James MacDonald   “Endurance In Ministry”  II Timothy 4:5

2 Timothy 4:5  King James Version (KJV)

5 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

God allows bad stuff and difficult circumstances to happen to us in order to teach us faith and perseverance.  “Remain under,” is the key.  Remain under pressure.  We dream of getting out from under the pressure – God does not want us to do this.  “Endurance is the funnel through which all Christian characterr flows.”  This is a message about not giving up.  “Don’t quit.”

Five Obstacles To Perseverance (Endurance):

1)You must overcome loneliness.  Demas left Paul.  Get Mark.  Only Luke is with me.  There is no prescription for loneliness.  We must live with it.

2 Timothy 4:9-12  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Personal Concerns

9 “Make every effort to come to me soon; 10 for Demas, having loved this present [a]world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescenshas gone to [b]Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. 12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.”

2)There is discomfort.  Bring the cloak, books and parchments.  Literally, bring a blanket and a piece of paper.  Many people in the ministry are dropping out.

2 Timothy 4:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 “The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.”

3)Overcoming conflict.  Lean on the Lord as never before.  Learn what you need to learn about others.  Shout out what you know to be true.  Rest on the Lord about the consequences.  Great men have been hurt in order for God to use them.

2 Timothy 4:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works…”

4)Rejection.  There are times here we feel God’s presence, but no one else.  “The Lord stood by me.”  (vs. 17)

2 Timothy 4:17 King James Version (KJV)

17 “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”

5)Exhaustion.  People writing nasty letters to him.  Every pastor in the conference laughed and/or applauded because we could all identify with Paul’s hardships, and we too have received such communications.

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Sideshows at the conference:

1)A street preacher with a powerful microphone challenged the pastors as they entered the conference.  He exhorted us to be soul winners and teach our congregations the same.  I appreciated his words and thought he was right on target.

2)The massacre at the Orlando night club (49 killed) occurred just before the conference started, and set the tone for a lot of the preaching and concern for our nation.

3)Entire families come to the pastor’s conference.  In yesteryear, just the pastors came.  The dress is casual with a handful of exceptions.  

4)One of the great fringe benefits of the Pastor’s Conference and Southern Baptist Convention, is the great music offered throughout.  In recent years I have heard Matt Redman and Casting Crowns.  The contemporary music group who played for this conference was Passion.  They were a real blessing.  Below is the last song they played, and my personal favorite: 

 

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