Praying for Jay Collier

Be praying these things for Jay Collier, our newest elder among Mambrino Baptist Church.

  1. A gospel minister is made competent by grace

Pray for Jay to depend on grace to do the work among us and not on his own intellect. Pray for Jay to boast in his weakness and depend on grace. He will be tempted to fear because of his weaknesses. Ask God to make his grace known to Jay.

  1. A gospel minister ministers the gospel

Pray for Jay to deliver the gospel like a faithful workman. Pray for him to be a skilled master builder working always with the gospel. May God help Jay apply the gospel to the unbeliever and believer.

  1. A gospel minister is aware of Christ

Pray for Jay to boast in and depend upon Christ.  Pray for Jay to work by the power of the Holy Spirit. The only way Jay is going to make it as a pastor among us is if he is aware of how the Father, Son, and Spirit make him competent for this work.

  1. A gospel minister is fruitful

Ask God to use Jay to bring many sons and daughters to faith in Jesus Christ. Ask God to use Jay to disciple believers, reconcile family members, heal marriages, and instruct the saints.

  1. A gospel minister is ambitious

Ask God to give Jay clarity concerning the work he needs to do among us. There is much to do. What is Jay’s role? Pray and ask God to show Jay how to please Christ as he works among us.

Should you brag about your pastor?

While studying 1 Corinthians I put this together. I hope it helps you understand how to treat your pastor.

There once was a man with loose screws. God graciously gave him a screw driver in order to tighten those screws. But instead of using that screw driver as God intended the man went around bragging that his screw driver was better than all others. This man’s problems became more pronounced because he would not use the tool that God had given for the end that God had given it. He treated the screw driver like a trophy and did not use it as a tool. In the same sense, apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers have been given to the church in order to equip the church. If we glory in men and worship men we are using what God has given for the wrong purpose. Teachers are tools to be used not trophies to brag about.

So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future–all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23