06/03/12 We Have the Privilege!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, June 4, 2012 Under: Sermon

Billy Taylor Licensing  Service

Text: Mark 3:13-19 (NKJV)

13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: 16 Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, "Sons of Thunder"; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.”

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16 (NKJV)

Intro: Who qualifies? What is licensing’s for the ministry.

The church shall have the privilege and authority to license a man to exercise his gifts in the preaching of the Gospel when the licensing committee (deacons) is convinced of his Christian character and of his evident call to the ministry. This should be a member of the church, actively engaged in the ministries and shows evidence of maturity and a special calling. What a joy, what a privilege a church can have when this happens.

Stephen William Taylor, for longer than any of us has known, has been implanted with a special calling from God. There has been a preparation process that has been equipping this man of God to preach and proclaim the Kingdom of God and a relationship with Jesus Christ, to be an Evangelist. Stephen William Taylor, alias (Billy) has demonstrated a deep conviction and desire to appreciate the doctrines of the church to lead by example to teach and share his faith and Love for Jesus Christ.

Application: Jesus calls choice men.

Jesus calls choice men, men with hearts that are suitable to be melted and molded. He calls and appoints men, and He changes them. This is what this passage is all about: Jesus' impact upon choice men.

1. Men called by Jesus: vs.13

“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”

The disciples were men called by Jesus. Jesus called, picked out, and chose some choice men. Not all qualify nor are all called. These were men who listened with more attention, who were more awake and alert, who responded with a stirred heart and who wanted to serve God with meaning and purpose. That is key: “Who Wanted!” Jesus did not look at the stature not at their appearance and looks, not even at their ability and education. Jesus looked at the heart of the people. When He saw a person listening, stirred, attached, and wanting to serve, He called that person.

Please understand it is the Lord who calls: They did not choose Him, but He chose them. He did not call those whom the world thought more fit and educated. He called those whose hearts were right and responsive. He knew the heart, and His call was based on the principle of a heart response: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16 (NKJV)

I like that because it is telling me, I can be fruity! We are to bear fruit, and I believe the applicant that is to be licenses today qualifies as a fruit bearer!

“They came to Him” The scriptures say the disciples "came unto Him." The Greek means "they went away unto Him." There is the idea that they left, forsook, went away from their former work and undertook the new work assigned by Jesus.

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me, For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it" Luke 9:23-24 (KJV)

We have the privilege of being a part of seeing this calling!

2. Men appointed by Jesus: vs.14-15

“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.”

The disciples were appointed to be with Jesus, they were to live in Jesus' presence, ever learning of Him and drawing their spiritual nourishment and strength from Him. Wait a minute preacher we can’t live in His presence anymore! Really.

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me" Isaiah 43:10 (KJV)

The disciples were appointed to be sent forth. They were to be His ambassadors, His representatives who moved out into the world.

The disciples were appointed to preach. They were to be the heralds, the messengers of Jesus Christ. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark 16:15 (KJV)

The disciples were appointed to receive power. The power to minister and to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" Acts 1:8 (KJV)

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

We have the privilege of being a part of seeing this appointment!

3. Men changed by Jesus: vs.16-19

“Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, "Sons of Thunder"; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.”

The disciples were men changed by Jesus. They were willing to change, One was not willing, Judas Iscariot. Jesus called them all, but only the ones willing to be changed were changed. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

We have the privilege of being a part of seeing this change!

Conclusion: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16 (NKJV)

Jesus calls choice men: “We Have the Privilege!” to witness at Ocean View Baptist Church a man called, has accepted his appointment and has been changed by Jesus to share the Gospel!

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