Has God Called You to the Ministry? – Tim Conway

Has God Called You to the Ministry? – Tim Conway

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Notice this: Verse 3 “How the mystery was made known to me by revelation.” You see how Paul got it? By revelation. Revelation of who? By God. You keep reading here. Go to verse 5: “Which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it is has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.” You keep going. Verse 7: “Of this gospel I was made a minister.” Not, I took it upon myself to become one. Men, you men who are interested in the ministry, you need to grasp this. Jesus Christ gave gifts to men. Not only apostles, but prophets, evangelists, pastor-teacher. They’re all in the same category. They are given to men. Paul says, I have a ministry, but I did not dream this up. I have a revelation. I have something that was given to me. A stewardship of God’s grace. It was given to me. You keep reading here in Ephesians 3. “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace which was given me by the working of His power, to me, though I’m the very least of all the saints. This grace was given to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” It was given to me. Men, you need to recognize something. Pastor-teacher is in the same category with apostle, in the sense that it is a gift that is given of Christ. Some people have this idea that you go to Bible college or you go to seminary and you become one. Some people have this idea that because I want to become one… Let me ask you this: Has God come to you and given you something that you did not have before? Has God entrusted you with a stewardship? Has God given you a ministry? Has God revealed something to you? Has God given you gift? Has God given you power to be able to carry this out? Notice what Paul said. Paul said that this had been given to him. The stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you. It was not given to Paul for the sake of his own glory. It was not given to Paul for the sake of his own financial situation. It was not given to him so that people would think he was a great preacher, so they would bow down before him, so they would cherish his words as being unique and authoritative in the sense that they came from him. What he is saying is, don’t look at me as deriving this. Don’t look at me as being the author of this. Don’t. It’s a stewardship of God’s grace. I’m least than the least of the saints out here. I’m nothing. But God has entrusted me with this. Men, if you do not have something that is by the will of God – how do you know it’s by the will of God? Because God came from outside you and gave you something that you didn’t have before that. Too many men want to pronounce themselves as pastors. They want to pronounce themselves as teachers. But let me tell you something. It’s a stewardship of God’s grace that’s given to men for the sake of others. And if you’ve been given such a stewardship, the others will recognize that you have such a stewardship of God’s grace given to you. Why? Because it’s for them. It’s for their advantage. It’s for their upbuilding. And if nobody’s built up, nobody’s advantaged, nobody’s helped, nobody gleans grace from what you’re doing, brethren, the last thing the church needs is self-pronounced anything. It doesn’t matter what it is. What you see here is a Christianity that starts with God. It is by the will of God. And it’s no different in the church. What we don’t want to do is say oh, he’s an apostle. Yeah, you go to Ephesians 4 and you will find that apostles and prophets and evangelists and pastors and teachers are put in the same category. They come from Jesus Christ. It’s the same in the church today as it was way back then 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ chose twelve men to follow Him. Brethren, God is still the God who is sovereign in the church. It’s by the will of God that there is an apostle and it is by the will of God that there is any kind of teacher or preacher or anybody gifted for any ministry. This comes from God. He is sovereign in the church. We need to grasp this. Men, you need to grasp it. Don’t enter any ministry if you just have some inclination, some self-serving desire to do so. If God has not broken into your life from the outside, come to you and made you what you weren’t before, gifted you in a way you were not gifted before. Given you a ministry. The grace of God being given to you, poured out on your life, poured out on your gift, poured out on your character; where you know God has come. This is real Christianity. This is the Christianity of Scripture. It is God coming in, it is God stepping in, it is God doing something. That’s what we need to recognize.

39 thoughts on “Has God Called You to the Ministry? – Tim Conway

  1. Amen Church'!! Amen'!…

    Oh' Glory to GOD'!!!! All Glory to the FATHER of our Lord & Savior" *Christ Jesus'!!!!!!!!!!!!…

    Love to all my brother's & sister's here and everywhere'! GOD bless You&Yours'!!!!!…

  2. Indeed. No man should take on the mantle of Pastor unless he is mature in the faith and he KNOWS God has called him to it. It's too important a task to just "think" you should do it. Frankly, I find that awesome responsibility frightening.

  3. That's true. Some have decided for themselves to become minister for many reasons: such the desire to dominate over others, the notoriety or becoming famous… Ho Lord arise your true ministers

  4. This is EXCELLENT!

    Too often men go into ministry for the wrong reasons. Whether they do so because there is no good churches around so they start their own without a true burden or calling from God for ministry or because they want the position of "pastor" and the supposed prestige that comes with it or the salary/benefits.

    The apostle Paul was in the ministry "not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead" (Galatians 1:1). I wish this were the case with so many so called pastors. Surely the church would fulfill its role of ministry better if pastors were up to the task and truly called to the task. Jesus knew what He was talking about, and was 100% right when He said "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher."

    – Loris

  5. James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

  6. Excellent! I believe there are men who are self-deceived, and HONESTLY believe God has called them to preach & pastor, but it is apparent to those looking on that they are not gifted nor capable of fulfilling such a ministry. Yet they carry on, even year after year. And it's no easy thing for someone to approach them & say, "I think you missed your calling."

  7. I say the best way to know you were called, is to say NO and still find that calling pursuing you, being that it wasn't something you drummed up and it was God's clear irrevocable call.

  8. I agree with this but i saw in 1Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desire the a good work. So its a good thing to desire to be a preacher according to the word. As long as his motives are clean and he understands that his posture must remain in true submission to Christ

  9. Jesus was a practicing Jew when he was killed. His day of rest was Saturday and he had the privilege of keeping the same Commandments the religious Jews keep today. Paul, a Jew, who who wrote most of the second situation, never claims to have met Jesus. ‏The original Christians were Messianic Jews most of which left after he was killed the ones that double down made up the second coming garbage. The validity of Judaism is based off of a mass revelation not the word of just one or a few people. Obviously, Mohammed wouldn't be believed by anyone intelligent. If one person walks up to u and tells you he's a whatever would u you believe him? If the answer is yes your quest to find G-D isn't intellectually honest and your probably in it for the power(ect).

  10. A year ago I claimed to feel a call towards ministry work as a pastor. However, nothing had really changed in my life nor my walk with Christ. It wasn't until after I realized how little I knew of my Faith and even how little I knew of the Author and Perfecter of it that God gifted me with a ministry to lead international students on my campus. Once I recognized my complete ignorance I immediately poured myself into the scriptures and studied church history. For several months I even fell into a trap of looking into Roman Catholicism and almost started catechumen classes. Praise God that I now understand why I must be a PROTESTant. As God has revealed himself to me in scripture he gave me a new zeal to share the Gospel to everyone I meet. I still find myself lost in my sins sometimes but I now feel the conviction for my sins and try to keep my thoughts on my saviour always. It's been a journey but I can now affirm that God has given me the gift to become a proclaimer of His Word and a Pastor of His people for His Glory alone. God is Good all the time and all the time God is Good.

  11. This has been so so helpful!! Thanks you so much! I have been wondering if I am called to ministry and never taken a look at what God has given me to steward, what a great way to prove it.

  12. Thank you pastor Tim Conway all the way from Trinidad and Tobago. I've been listening to the teaching for quite a while and I must say it's been a tremendous blessing to me. Thank you

  13. Brothers, I have been struggling immensely over the last 5 years whether I am called into pastoral ministry or not. My desire to preach and counsel the oppressed is so powerful. I makes me sad not pursuing it. 3 pastors and close friends have already told me they think pastoral ministry makes sense for me. However, my wife is against me going into pastoral ministry because I have not received a clear calling from God. I agree with her because I am not sure either. I cannot tell if my longings are coming from me or the Holy Spirit. The urge within me is so strong I have been preaching/sharing the Word of God to equip the saints to people I meet and especially through social media. Recently, I even started a YouTube channel to help free Christians struggling from “mental illness.” This desire to help Christians suffering from “mental illness” came from me suffering in the fire myself just 1.5 years ago and being mightily saved by His hand. I know the way out, and I want to share it with others. The way out is faith in His promises btw.

    So, my wife and I are thinking I should not enter pastoral ministry unless God makes it absolutely clear that is what He wants.

    Thoughts from my fellow Saints would be appreciated. God bless you!

  14. I really struggle with this. I desire ministry, but I know my motives are tainted with sin. I don’t want to give up, but I don’t want to pursue that which God has not given me.

  15. Amen.Many at times if u are gifted in church n u start preaching then they say you are called t be a pastor which is not the case.I know l am not a pastor but God just gave me a gift of eloquence and put motivational words together

  16. I just made a video that will give you 4 things I learned later rather than earlier about ministry and caused me issues. You need to watch this video before you start ministry. Follow link below

  17. It's my question I study and I read God's word. I love God I love his holy word . Brother your words true my question is how do they know they have been called to preach. It is a very powerful question something that's not easily answered. Only God can make a man a preacher.

  18. I agree that nobody should will themselves into ministry. Women can be called into ministry too. My experience was amazing and unmistakable. Paul might have been opposed to women, but YahuShua [Jesus] wasn't. And He is the one handing out assignments.

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