Institute for Practical Theology

God knows—He knows all about you. He knows when you have need and exactly what the need is. He knows your need even better than you know. More importantly, God want to meet your need. He wants to give you the exact provision you need.

Vision It is a fundamental truth of our faith that every one of us has the God-given right to eternal reward in heaven and that the pathway to everlasting happiness is to SEEK God with our minds, our hearts and all our strength. The Church, through its ministers, was divinely established to support and lead each of us on our journey. The Institute for Practical Theology by the use of comprehensive programs of training and study was established to enable those who are called to the ministry to learn the special skills that will aid them in their mission to change lives and make a difference for the purposes of Christ. We need your support.

Mission: Making Ministry Matter!

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[04/10/20]   I hope everyone is abiding a home. We will get through this.

Dr. Austin

While we can have fellowship with God and with other Christians at other places than at church, God has established churches for our edification and growth in godliness. He commands us not to forsake to attend them in favor of merely watching preachers on TV or hearing no preaching of the Word at all.

[11/25/19]   Looking out for one another is another key component of being a Christian. That is one of the ways you express your love for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Treat your neighbor’s burdens as if they were your own – don’t just be an observer. Make the effort assist everyone around you in any way you can.

Seeking the things of God should be your first priority. When you pursue the things of God, you have put yourself in a place where everything that you require will come. God takes care of His own – He always does. Don’t think you are missing out on anything when you are focusing on God – because you truly aren’t.

This word "circumspectly" is an old English term meaning "with awareness of one's surroundings." It indicates to walk wisely, prudently, and with due regard for the dangers all around. Christians should walk as in the light, not stumbling about in darkness unaware of our duty to God and our example to other men.

Let us sing unto the Lord.

[09/12/19]   Often, people are heard to utter: “God moves in mysterious ways”. Superficially this is true, but its essentially a simplification of a truth long ago divined by the Apostles, that God’s ultimate will and power is beyond our understanding. What we are able to know, or to grasp, is his creation here on Earth, in its endless forms most beautiful. Often our worries are about what God may have in store for us, so we become anxious over things beyond our control, causing us to forget that as our loving creator, God wishes for us to also simply enjoy our being. Worship takes many forms, among them may be counted the simple pleasure of appreciating our natural world. Rather than worry about God’s plans beyond ones comprehension, we may instead focus on serving him within the immediate moment, here, in enjoying the world he has made for us.

Something to consider.

Help me Lord!

When we are in Christ, we truly have nothing to fear or worry about because God always ensures things will work out for our good. When we live, we live to carry out work for God – evangelizing, ministering, helping those in need, etc. When we die, we don’t lose. We return to our heavenly home, awaiting the day Christ returns to the world. As Christians, we have no reason to fear death because we know what waits for us on the other side – our hope remains valid.

Thank You Lord!

Hmmmm?

What will you do?

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God’s plan was always for us to be a part of Him from the very beginning. When He created man that was what He had in mind. When the fall of man occurred, that did not deter God from His plan. He came up with another plan to ensure that we become a part of Him. That is how deep His love was and still is for us.

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Alleluia! Happy Easter!

Timonty was a pastor, appointed by Paul to care for a congregation of God's people. He was an "elder," but was not especially "elderly." Some might be tempted not to listen to him because of his youth and presumed lack of wisdom. But Paul instructs him to preach God's Word boldy and to live out an example all of God's people could desire to emulate.

[04/11/19]   Spiritual disciplines teach us to live our lives in harmony with something larger than ourselves and larger than that which the world values as ultimate.

Let us come together.

Jesus is the law of love.

It is in times of fasting and prayer – spending time with God – that we are exposed to his instructions for our lives and the people around us. We have all been called to be ministers of the Gospel, in different capacities. We have to spend as much time with God – through prayer, fasting, and in His word – so that we remain in the path He has set for us.

No matter how hard things may seem on this earth, though, we have a reason to rejoice because we know that we have a Heavenly Father who calls us righteous and watches over us every day. Our future is certain because we are in Christ, the one who saved us and made us righteous. It is in Him, we can have the confidence in knowing that we will never suffer a painful and perilous fate.

Amen

Trust in the Word!

For God so loved the world that He gave...

[11/05/18]   Sanctified, Preserved, Called
“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.” (Jude 1:1)

Although the Scriptures have much to teach about each of these precious terms, Jude is the only New Testament writer to use them together in sequence. This is also the only passage that identifies specific roles for the Persons of the Trinity in the lives of believers.

God the Father is said to “sanctify” us (separate, consecrate), but He apparently does this through the Holy Spirit based on the Father’s foreknowledge (1 Peter 1:2). We are not told all that is involved, but our sanctification does include our “belief of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13) and the “offering of the body of Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 10:10), who “was foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20).

Jesus Christ “preserves” us. The common use of this term in the New Testament is to “guard” or “watch” over something or someone. The believer is most often the subject of this verb— e.g., we are to “guard” our obedience to the instructions of God (1 Timothy 6:14; 1 John 2:3). Jude’s use, however, highlights the special attention our Lord gives to each of us so that our “whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

The sanctification and the preservation come with the “calling,” the invitation that is issued from God to those who are “the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). It is a “high calling” (Philippians 3:14) and a “holy calling” (2 Timothy 1:9), and once we are “called,” God will “justify” and “glorify” (Romans 8:30). The twice-born of God are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that [we] should shew forth the praises of him who hath called [us] o

Why Support

Have you ever heard a pastor say they do not have time to invest in themselves? I have. They say, “The work of the ministry is too pressing, and the needs of people are overwhelming." Hence, they cannot take time to sharpen their ministry/professional blade.

We sat down recently and talked about the importance of a pastor taking time to plan their schedule, including their own continuing professional development schedule.

Here is the drill:

• Young or old, making time for personal ministry/professional investment a priority is essential.

• You have to be doing something to get better, always striving to get better.

• God wants your church to grow. If it is going to happen, you have to plan to get better and be better.

• Time taken to invest in yourself will make your church more effective to mission.

Very practical advice on how you can build your schedule to get better.

William L. Austin

Institute for Practical Theology

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