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Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International,
These are days calling for truth, love, prayer, patience, and much more....
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied”
(Matt. 5:6 ESV)
I made a very rare visit to a department store in the USA a while back and found something called “True Religion.”
Yes, true religion.
The true religion I found was a line of fragrances, cologne, I think, for men. I picked up a card beside this pungent product and sure enough it says “True Religion” and then “fragrances.” Then, under these words is a character that looks somewhat like a religious holy man or guru, holding a guitar in one hand and making a happy gesture with the other. What a combination of words and images to sell something to help you smell a particular way!
Now, I mention this product because it illustrates for me what a touch of religion actually does, it just does something to the outside of you. It is external. It is surface. It doesn’t impact your life at an internal or deep...
“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
(1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV)
In 1 Timothy 6:11, the term “man of God” carries a specific emphasis. It underlines the special role of Timothy (in this instance) as a man called of God into His service. And in that role, the person in leadership and the person preaching the Word, is to be an example in life, not just in word.
So, it is appropriate to look with more detail into this exemplary life of the called servant of the Lord. Ultimately such a life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work and power. Here, the Apostle has much to say to his son in the ministry about the kind of life he should lead.
Our discussion will not be comprehensive, but it is representative of what the Apostle...
There is a close link between the Word of God and the Spirit of God doctrinally, and in terms of Christian living and ministry.
Indeed, God’s Spirit is the One who uses His Word in our lives and through our lives. So, life in the Spirit is really a description of the Christian life itself.
Our key text for our thoughts today is Galatians 5:13-6:5. I am following and adapting my father’s material found in a chapter in our textbook, Anointed Expository Preaching.
This truth might sound strange because we think of freedom as a gift, and indeed it is! But, we are to live according to the gifting of the Spirit and the freedom that is ours in Christ. What do we mean by “freedom” in this context? We are called to freedom from “religious legalities” (Galatians 5:1). It would take a long time to explain fully the wonderful freedom that has been bought and secured by the gracious and merciful...
It might seem an obvious truth that those who teach and preach the Word of God need to be personally committed to and blessed by the Word of God themselves.
Sometimes, though, we need to be reminded of an obvious truth because it is an essential truth.
A good doctor can help many people with their health, but not give adequate attention to their own health. An excellent home builder may not give as much attention to their own home.
What about us who minister the Word of God in one way or another?
Ezra, the godly scribe, provides a great model for us involved in the ministry of the Word of God.
Ezra 7:10 reads, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel” (NKJV).
Our own hearts need to be set on God and His Word. Also, there needs to be a commitment to obey the Word of God. Then, we can teach others. Ezra is an example of someone who had a personal “heart” commitment to the Word...
August 30-September 24, 2021
A special program of intense instruction in “Biblical Preaching” is scheduled for August 30-September 24 later this year.
This program of the Institute for Biblical Preaching will be taking place at GMF’s Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, TN.
This will be a great opportunity for those who are wanting to be equipped for the expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
Some scholarship funds may be available for those who must travel long distances to be with us and who desire to “teach others also” after they leave.
This program will be a time of instruction, but also spiritual refreshment and renewal.
If you are interested, please write directly to me, Dr. David Olford, at [email protected].
We need to hear from you soon.
by Dr. David Olford
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (NIV)
This glorious passage of scripture, Titus 2:11-14, is doctrinal and motivational in purpose.
A. God’s Grace is Definite
“For the grace of God … has appeared to all men”
Grace appeared historically, personally, visibly, and...