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We are still on the series we started last week on doing
ministry like Jesus. Today i want us to look at something that we often overlook.

Acts 1:1
“The former treatise (o. logos) have I made, O
Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,”

The order presented to us in the above scripture is Do
before Teach. As ministers of God we should always remember that the messages
we preach are first for us before our congregation.

1 Timothy 4:16
“Take heed unto yourself, and unto the doctrine; continue
in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear
you.” this scripture very well. The Apostle Paul was
teaching his son Timothy that he should take heed to himself first before the
doctrine and that in doing so he would save himself first before his hearers.

This is always the order in the Bible. You may win souls and
forget that you are also soul. The word of God is a mirror. It is our
responsibility to look into the mirror and see how we are looking before we ask
people to see how they are looking. The same thing was seen in Ezra.

Ezra 7:10
“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the
LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

The order presented here is Seek, Do and Teach. If we study
search the scriptures primarily to feed ourselves and not to teach, we are
doing ministry like Jesus and we will make impact. Jesus spent only three years
doing ministry and He is still making impact. Therefore, it is good to learn to
do things as He did.

One principle the Apostle Paul adopted was that he wouldn’t
preach about what he wouldn’t do. He only preached about things he has

Romans 15:18
“For I will not dare to speak of any of those things
which Christ has not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word (o.
logos) and deed,”

Preach what you do and do what you preach. That is one way
to get results like Our Lord Jesus got. Blessings to you.

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