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  • “Spiritual leadership requires superior spiritual power, which can never be generated by the self.” Sanders p. 28“Let every pastor take note: Our attempt at ministry will be an absolute exercise in futility if we are not expecting and experiencing divine help through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Jim Cymbala in Fresh Power p. 48
  • “The prayerful life is a fruitful life” Donald Demaray Introduction to Homiletics p. 58“I find by actual experience I am better or worse as I pray more or less. If my prayer life sags, my whole life sags with it; if my prayer life goes up, my whole life goes up with it. To fail here is to fail all down the line; to succeed here is to succeed everywhere.” E. Stanley Jones - quoted in Introduction to Homiletics by Donald Demaray p. 58“The spiritually developed person knows that powerful and effective sermons comes through prayer. True preaching is God talking through his prophet; neat essays in themselves do not disclose God, nor do merely entertaining talks.” Donald Demaray in Introduction to Homiletics p. 58
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    • 1. The Pastor’s Prayer LIfe
      Burmese Bible School
      Intro to Homiletics
      Kelvin S. Jones
    • 2. Natural and Spiritual Leaders
      Natural
      Self-confident
      Knows men
      Makes own decisions
      Ambitious
      Creates methods
      Enjoys command
      Has a big ego
      Seeks personal reward
      Independent
      Spiritual
      Confident in God
      Also knows God
      Seeks God's will
      Humble
      Follows God's example
      Delights in obedience to God
      Loves God and others more
      Seeks the kingdom’s welfare
      Depends on God
    • 3. Why is it important to talk about the spiritual life of leaders?
      Jesus exemplified a strong prayer life.
      Jesus nurtured spiritual life in his disciples.
      A heart for God is essential for true fruitfulness.
      Passion for God grows churches.
    • 4. What is needed to maintain our spiritual fire?
      “Spiritual leadership requires superior spiritual power, which can never be generated by the self.” Sanders
      “Let every pastor take note: Our attempt at ministry will be an absolute exercise in futility if we are not expecting and experiencing divine help through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Jim Cymbala in Fresh Power
    • 5. Spiritual leaders prioritize their own spiritual disciplines
      Prayer time
      Bible reading
      Fasting
      Time away
      Reading for your heart
    • 6. A leader’s spiritual life is on display
      Public prayers
      Sense of worship and humility before God
      Dependence upon the Holy Spirit
      God’s guidance
    • 7. Prayer and the sermon
      Prayer helps pick the subject (sermon planning)
      Prayer guides the emphasis and formation
      Praying pastors apply each sermon to themselves as part of the preparation
      Before preaching pray specifically for empowerment
      While preaching be in prayer for guidance in calling for response.
    • 8. A spiritual leader’s promised fruitfulness
      You will bear much fruit – John 15:5
      God will enlarge your harvest – 2 Co. 9:10
      You will not be unproductive
      2 Peter 1:8
      Proverbs 11:30
      You will receive a rich welcome into God’s eternal kingdom – 2 Peter 1:11
    • 9. Quiet Moments
      “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 NIV

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