“For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.” Ezra 7:10
My philosophy of ministry is based upon my life verse. In this passage the Lord has given me three primary mandates for ministry. First, I am to study God’s Word. The Lord has called me to a lifetime of study. His Word is the most precious thing in my life. Devotionally, I read the Word of God through at least once every year. As a Minister of the Word however, I also study the Word of God, crying out for more light as the Holy Spirit guides me into all truth (John 16:13).
The second mandate for ministry the Lord has placed upon my life is to live God’s Word. I am under the conviction that a preacher of the Word of God should preach only those truths in which he himself is living. I know God’s Word is powerful in itself (Hebrews 4:12) to the salvation of souls. However, I desire to preach with a demonstration of God’s spirit upon me (1 Corinthians 9:27). Because of this, I live my life resting upon the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and in obedience to the Word of God.
The third mandate for ministry upon my life is to teach God’s Word. This mandate includes both the evangelization of the lost and the discipleship of the saved. I desire to be found wise through soul-winning (Proverbs 11:30) and faithful through preaching (2 Timothy 4:1-5).