Galatians 1:10 Be Certain of your Message

Galatians 1:10 (KJV)
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Here is one of the great challenges of ministry. Every honest preacher knows he is a servant of Christ. 

  • He is taught of Christ
  • He is moved by Christ
  • He longs to live to please Christ

However, his ministry is toward men. Those men often:  

  • Want to persuade him to teach things they want him to teach[1]
  • They want to move him to serve them as they wish to be served
  • They desire he lives to please them in the work of his ministry 

Paul confidently stuck to the course God set because he was certain his message was from God and not man. 

Be certain of your message and you can be strong in your direction. 

[1]Just recently I heard about a well-known Baptist pastor of a generation ago who, for years, pastored a large Baptist church whose doctrinal statement was not the same as the pastor’s own beliefs. They got along because he taught what the church statement taught.  I wonder how he justified himself in light of passages like this?

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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