John Piper | – How do I know if God is calling me to be a pastor?

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  1. A good pastor is totally dependant on the Pastor of Pastors, the Lord Jesus Christ for everything. The power, the desire and the message and of course the flock. I'm just a bloke that got saved in the 80's and have no theological training, at least from man's perspective, but I feel God has taught me wonderful truths concerning His Sons FINISHED work at Calvary and the scriptural truth of Justification by faith alone, apart from works. If God is calling me into the Blessing of pastoring His sheep? Then bring it on! As I have Jesus and He me, and if people can see that and believe that? Then maybe they'll listen to what I have to say?I would appreciate your prayers concerning God's calling on my life, and likewise I pray in Jesus' name whosoever you are that's reading this? That God would Bless you with a deeper knowledge and sense of His nearness to you right now. Believers are assured of His continual presence, no matter what? Non- believers fear not, God isn't far from you, and desires that you repent (change your mind concerning Him and what you may have thought about Him? And put your faith in His Son who died for all your sins, passed, present and future. If you believe that? Why not call upon His Wonderful name right now and invite the risen Jesus into your situation and indeed life? Hand over to the one who loves you, who created you to be in fellowship with Him and His Son Jesus Christ. God Bless you abundantly in all ways in Christ Jesus.

  2. Ok I'm 21 and I feel like I have felt this call.. I've had it for the better part of of six months.. I have helped a couple of my friends and witnessed to more than a few people who regularly attend church now… god is great.. he has worked through me.. I'm not baptised. I have sinned in almost every possible way I yet I feel blessed/confused that I feel being a pastor is my calling.. it doesn't makes sense to me… I keep having dreams of giving my testimony and mentoring under a local pastor… I believe god is giving me this but I'm such a sinner.. I don't know if anyone will really take me seriously…

  3. My father is a pastor at a small church called Shannondale. I have had thoughts that I want to follow that path and take over our tiny church when he leaves. Due to family circumstances in another state, he is kind of being forced to leave our church and move away. I am 24 now and have basically started setting up my life in a small town about 20 minutes away from Shannondale and the church i was raised in. My brothe and I were raised in the parsonage. we ran around the church grounds and played every day. I want so much to take up the mantle so to speak and keep our little church going. I just feel that I am not passionate enough in my faith to teach others. I also feel that without a pastor ( my dad) our church will die. It is a historic church from the thirties. Granted we only have around 20 people in the flock, but they will have nowhere to go. I have prayed, but I feel like I am not hearing or feeling what I should do. Any advise?

  4. I will pray for you Michael Patterson, That the KING of Kings and the LORD of lords be with you all of your days..that HE give you strength and wisdom upon all that you could imagine, and that HE lead your footsteps and direct your path..for HIS glory. AMEN!!

  5. A guy who told me to try to get out of it. And he said the more you try get out if it the more you can tell if Jesus is calling u to preach because he said u don't want to do it. I talked about what how to become a preacher

  6. Interesting. I've trusted God and Jesus Christ as my savor a long time ago. I'm 50 years old now. I still hear this compelling call to teach and I have on different occasions. I've lead worship. I've taught different age groups. I've sung and I've stay in the word. I've have friends who are pastors who confide in me. Me? Really. they say to me I'm an encouragement to them. But I never took on a full time or even a part time leadership. In fact I'm not deeply involved in any church at the moment and I've been in many trials to this day. I want to teach again but nothing, no opportunities come. Years gone by and now that tug on my heart. Tug Tug Tug. I'm passionate about salvation and truth, I just don't know. Does God want me to pastor? A member at the church has recently said to me, I can see the light of Jesus in you. What does this mean for me?

  7. I got one ? If want to become a pastor but you cannot read that way how would you be able to do it I know they have Bibles I know they have CDs audio how would you be able to preach to people would you be able to use to use the audio CD's and show them

  8. its everything it is life!!!

    the second i gave my life to jesus and read the book and understood the word i want to cry, my heart weeps because i was raised in Virginia and now live in Cali and when i look around at all the people that forsaken God its so sad and all i want to do is take them with me…i have so much to preach God shows me tells me so much taught me so much i have so much information perspective love for God fear for God it pours out sometime i learn so much about the bible i dont care about work or money or tv or music only what God has to say….if i could wear a cloth around my body and just praise God ALLLLLLLLL the time i would…i mean no stopping to eat or drink or sleep….but i cant just praise and thank God i need to bring all EVERYONE to God away from Satan because i know so many people who are just misinformed or to busy to look up or to look within themselves ive talked to people before and when you say something to someone and the look comes over their face…the thousand yard stare…they are looking inward. and when i can get someone to do that with God and Jesus in their heart and mind than the rest will burn through their soul like a wildfire in the amazon during the fall season when all the leaves are dried up lol but yes i will become a vessel for God !!! i just dont know where to start!

  9. If your supposed to be a preacher you'll know and how you know is you over come ALL OBSTACLES!!!! You dont live in the same drama you walk away from it.. your not scared of nothing , you dont feed into drama…. If you can over come ALL DRAMA AND NOT BE A CRY BABY AND POST IT ON FB THEN YOU'LL KNOW IF YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE A PREACHER

  10. I do not want to be a pastor nor do I see myself as one. During a prophecy, I was told I was going to be a pastor. My wife also had a dream that I became a pastor…..The desire is not in my heart. Being a pastor is too much to deal with.

  11. Event that i have been experience ,strange or miracle which I wrote in many sites, I am an Arab from State of Qatar this is not my name for personal reasons in the second half of April 2016 , I woken suddenly to witness this this phenomenon I saw on the ceiling of my room clearly and for period a few seconds,it was sufficient the image of the Christ the face clear, as i remembered , i think hinted that his hands back and appearance is very natural without the presence of things out of the ordinary, the face white and a little long, the beard is normal and the hair of the head lays on top of his shoulders the eyes with beauty and sharp looking and features are wonderful resembles from the Middle East Caucasians people , image impressed me with complete clarity . I thought at first that he looked like one of my friends to a slight degree, but quickly I felt inspiration jumped to my mind. He is Christ, I realize and know that all or the majority will not believe I understand , the importance here of what has happened is an ultimate truth. to me about the event using google as assistance to translate Arabic to English —ظاهرة عجيبة كتبتها بمواقع كثيرة لو كنت بشك. لما دونت حرف واحد وانا مواطن قطري صاحب تعليم وثقافة واؤمن كثيرا بالفكر المادي الحسي ليس هذا اسمي لأسباب خاصة في النصف الثاني لشهر أبريل 2016م وبكامل حواسي ومستيقظ وصاحي كنت نائم فجأة نهضت وكأن اريد لي أن أشهد هذا رأيت على سقف غرفتي بصورة واضحة ولمدة لا اعرف ممكن ثواني لكنها كافية صورة السيد المسيح الوجه واضح وكأني لمحت ان يديه إلى الخلف ومظهره طبيعي جدا بدون وجود أشياء خارجة عن المألوف وجهه شكله طويل قليلا اللحية خفيفة وشعر الرأس يتدلى على بداية كتفيه تقريبا وعيون بها جمال ونظرات وملامح رائعة وابيض اللون وشكله يشبه شعوب الشرق الأوسط و الغرفة بها اضاءة خفيفة والذي أبهرني الوضوح التام للصورة وقد اعتقدت بداية انه يشبه أحد الأصدقاء بدرجة بسيطة لكن بسرعة احسست او إلهام راودني هذا هو المسيح هذه شهادة واوصل كلمتي وهي امانة احس لابد من قولها لا اسعى او ابغي الأموال والشهرة أدرك واعرف ان الكل او الاغلبيه لن تصدق أعذرهم