Welcome to the F.A.I.T.H. series with Dr. Byron Spradlin. This is the first of a series of 11 videos which comprise a message given by Dr. Spradlin at the close of the 2018 Nashville Gathering. Faith, Assignment, Intimacy, Tenacity, Humility = F.A.I.T.H.
you dealing with God about people (centered in your daily worship communion with God), and
God dealing with people through you (the assignments you receive from God out of your growing communion with Him) . . . then, your artistic abilities will be a means by which and a context in which God will expect you to function in order to develop contact and relationship with people with whom you are intentionally looking, by faith, to effect and serve for His purposes. That effect, and that sort of service—if it is truly ministry on God’s behalf—will entail a supernatural transaction (energized by God’s Spirit, not by you), and will result both in …
spiritual impact in people’s lives through the ‘service’ you render; and in
people coming to find salvation in Jesus through seeing the Lord more clearly—and hearing Him—through your ministry service, whatever that particular ministry service might be.
Therefore, your artistic ministry will only be fully and biblically developed as you go beyond “the doing of your art”. Your arts ministry will develop a fuller biblical design as you increasingly develop ways wherein and around which you will be …
identifying and developing people you can mentor towards their own growth in Jesus; and …
resourcing the local and regional church (equipping the saints—Eph. 4:11-12) out of the specialized fruit-bearing capacities you have progressively demonstrated in your past ministry track record.
Besides simply your abilities to perform an artistic expression or endeavor—if you are really focused on ministry, and growing in more developed ministry—you will be developing specialized areas of biblically based resourcing around at least four (4) areas :
spiritual formation issues,
biblical ministry issues (related to theology and strategies of the arts in ministry),
artistic skill areas, and
technical aspects specialized and related to arts ministry strategy.
When your focus is set on ministry, when your ministry is articulated in Kingdom terms (and not in musical or artistic media terms), your artistic orientations become the environmentin which you premeditatedly intend to connect with people about the realities of God—and when you are faithing that He, the Lord, will graciously and supernaturally move through you—then it will be clear . . . to you and to others . . . that you have truly entered into the realm of ministry through the arts.
Anything else, and you may end up simply being yet another clanging cymbal
Six habits, that if you do them, you WILL BE a minister. They are six basic elements of bottom-line ministry.
No matter what religious title or position you hold, or don’t hold, there are only six things that make you a MINISTER. If you are regularly doing these five things you ARE a minister (cf. 1 Pet 2:4-5, 9-10). If you ARE NOT regularly doing these six things—no matter what religious title or position you hold—you ARE NOT being a minister.
You passionately pursue intimate companionship with Jesusthroughout every day
John 15:15 Ex 33:11
You regularly expect God to move supernaturally. Romans 1:16,19; 1 Corinthians 4:19
You pray for and with people (expecting #2). 1 Thessalonians 5:16; Philippians 4:6,71 John 5:14
Romans 8:26; Ephesians 1:17-19; Ephesians 6:18;
1 Timothy 2:1-4; Philemon 1:6; James 5:13-16
You regularly care for people under assignment from Jesus. James 1:27; Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 4:7,11-12
1 Corinthians 12:5-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13
You regularly guide people for help into truths of God’s Word, the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Hebrews 4:12
You can . . . and regularly do share your faith with people… whether or not you have the spiritual gift of evangelism
1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:5-8, 34-38;
1 Timothy 2:1-4; Revelation 14:6
You may make your living several ways at the same time
You may work several jobs at the same time
3. God is the provider
GOD supplies your PROVISION
4. Market-place Occupation is good because . . .
God expects you to work at something to earn provision 2 Thessalonians 3:10
God is the provider of all wealth
Deut 8:18 “It is God who is the creator of all wealth
-Your provision from a ‘market place occupation’ is a good thing because it comes from God [note the context of ‘Israel, and how God provided for them in the wilderness]
5. God expects everyone to have at least one occupation
2 Thessalonians 3:10
6. In a fallen world, most often your occupation will NOT be your God-given CALLING–but you will always be & do your CALLING in the midst of your occupation if you are an integrated Christian and a balanced human being.
Paul’s example: 1 Cor. 9 & 2 Thess. 3
7. The biblical norm for carrying out ministry is being bi-vocational . . .
Earn your money in the market place and do your calling all around it: again note Paul. 1 Cor. 9 & 2 Thess. 3