HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MINISTRY



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ February 23rd, 2015. Filed under: Insights, Ministry, Organization, Planning.

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MINISTRY

orgWebster’s Dictionary defines to organize as: To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole. To arrange in a coherent form; systematize.  To arrange in a desired pattern or structure. To arrange systematically for harmonious or united action.”

Once the planning process of setting objectives and goals has been completed, the next step is to organize the work. The way to do this is to ask key questions of each ministry goal. The questions should be: Who is responsible for this project? What materials will be needed? How much money is needed for it? When will the project begin and when will it be completed?

A look at the above paragraph shows that men, money, materials and minutes are the assets needed, and they must be properly organized to complete the task in the most efficient manner.

I believe an organizational chart should be created for the entire church. Each position on it must show the ministry title and the name of the person for that position. The lines between the boxes are a language to let you know who each person reports to and what authority they have, if any. The chart gives you a complete picture of the church, what its ministries are and who is responsible for every ministry. A glance at this will remove the ministerial fog that so often obscures ones vision of what their church should be about.

Remember, your chart should be built on your ministry objectives and not on the existing organization. You may shoot an arrow into the wall and then draw a target around it. It does not prove that you are a good archer. Likewise, by drawing a chart around your existing ministries does not mean that you have planned or that you are doing the right things.

So, the first thing is to plan your ministry with an annual planning conference, then create your organization from those plans. The reason many churches are a train wreck and the people are confused is poor planning or no planning. A carpenter friend of mine said, “It is better to measure twice and cut once than to measure once and cut twice. So, measure your ministry and make a clear cut distinction with a good organization.

If you would like more information on this subject, please let me know.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ February 21st, 2015. Filed under: Insights, Leadership, Ministry, Organization, Planning.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
question-mark(1)By Ken Blue

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10.

I know of nothing that causes strife and division in the local church like voting and giving undue attention to the church constitution. There are churches that cannot make a decision without first consulting the constitution to see if it is permissible and then voting to see how many will oppose it. Growing churches cannot function when hamstrung with policies which require a vote on every decision.

Why not plan the entire year with your leadership; then build the budget around those plans? Having done that let the membership review it. Tell them to contact the deacons if they have questions. The pastor and staff should not be contacted about budget matters. Finally, have a Victory and Vision Banquet where the budget is approved, but not discussed. Once the budget is approved, move forward in freedom to accomplish the ministry goals that have been set.

The pastor should also have liberty to appoint men and women to fill all needed ministry positions. It is unwise to vote on these people.

The fewer things a church votes on, the less division it will have. There are four things, if voted on, will allow the church work to go forward. These are: 1. Vote on the annual budget. 2. Vote on any change in the constitution. 3. Vote on the purchase of properly or building new buildings. 4. Vote on the hiring of a new pastor. The pastor should take the leadership in all these matters; otherwise there will be much ado about nothing.

THE IMPLODING CHURCH



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ February 16th, 2015. Filed under: Leadership, Soulwinning, The Ministry, TOPICAL.

 

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By Ken Blue

Let’s assume you are going to start a church from nothing. The one thing you must consider is, where are we going to meet? Will we meet in a home, a barn, or some other facility?

Next, on your priority list will be soul winning. You can’t have church without people, and you can’t have people without some form of contact. Therefore, every thought, and effort will be on how to reach others, and get them into the new church. This will be the driving force at the time, and rightfully so.

As new families come into the church, you have the challenge of how to teach the different age groups, and provide child care for the infants. These are just a few of the growing pains, but you learn how to solve them.

New growth brings new needs. People need real discipleship. They need ministries to serve in. At this point, you may have to consider a new meeting place to care for the growth. So, property is located, buildings are built, and finances are needed. More and more the church adds new demands. The church is humming with excitement.

That is why success may be your downfall. Little by little, the vision shifts. Everyone now has someone to fellowship with. They are becoming one happy family. Everybody knows each other, and pays extra attention to each other.  The growth has brought new demands. Thus, most of the money, time and service is bestowed on the existing congregation. Everyone is busy, but something subtle has happened.

Planning meetings are no longer about soul winning, and growth. All the plans now are about how to feed the monster. The outreach has shifted to programs, and activities.  A new missionary may be added once each year for conscience sake.

The church has now reached its stagnation point. Everything is about the “church family.” The very thing that gave life and growth, is now forgotten and left behind. Most of the members have grey hair. They are comfortable and don’t want to be disturbed.

The death of the church is inevitable. The only way to keep a church alive is to have new, young blood added every week.  Where are all the great soul winning churches of fifty years ago? They are either dead and gone, or dead and being embalmed each year. Your church, too, will die unless you keep outreach hot, and on the front burner. A church must be a maternity ward, or it becomes a museum.  If you neglect these, stand back and watch the implosion. 

PLANNING YOUR MINISTRY



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ February 10th, 2015. Filed under: Insights, Leadership, Ministry, Planning.

PLANNING YOUR MINISTRY

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It is a fact that most pastors and churches never create plans extending beyond next Sunday’s sermon. They have no written annual plans for outreach, maturity, worship, buildings or missions. One reason is the pastor may not understand its value. Another might be fear or laziness. You may wonder why one would be fearful to establish a plan. The answer is simple; if you plan, you might fail. Thus, the safest course of action is not to act or plan.

October is a good time to hold the planning session for your church. The date, time, place and who will attend should be put on your calendar months prior to the scheduled date. The pastor must spend some time alone looking at his purpose statement and asking himself some questions about it. Each question must be prefaced with “What do we need to do to…” The answers should be written down for his personal guidance at the planning meeting. This is pre-planning.

Prior to the meeting, an agenda should be created and distributed to all who attend. The time to be granted on each item must be listed. The moderator should ensure that the meeting stays on course and adheres to the allotted time. 

Write the question on the board, and then the moderator should ask, “What do we need to do to…” Answers should be written on the whiteboard under the question. The only response allowed to each idea is, “good, write that down. Now, what else do we need to do…?”  Do not allow any discussion or comments on the ideas until the team has run out of suggestions, if you do, you will squelch the meeting and people will stop giving ideas. Follow this procedure with all major ministry questions. This is the brainstorming of the session.

Once all the ideas are in on each ministry, decide which ideas the church should turn into ministry goals. Once this has been done on the major ministries, set dates on when each idea will be implemented and completed. Also, determine who will be responsible for that goal and what the expense will be. This gives ownership and responsibility for each goal. Review points should be set to determine progress.

A clear plan of how you are to achieve each goal, not only gives direction, it liberates and gives purpose. I want to challenge each pastor to schedule a planning session for his ministry. It will be one of the most helpful things you can do. So, start planning to plan.

BOOK: Standards and the Standard



By admin ~ February 7th, 2015. Filed under: Bible Study, BOOKS.

This new book by Brother Blue will challenge the reader to rethink the standards he holds. I pray that every reader will accept that challenge and lineup his standards against what God’s Standard provably teaches! This book should be a ‘bunker-buster’ for preachers and laymen alike.

Standards and the Standard

Standards and the Standard

It should break asunder the chains of man-made rules and set the believer free to live according to God’s infallible Standard. Order info.

HOW TO STAY FOCUSED IN THE MINISTRY



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ February 3rd, 2015. Filed under: Leadership, Ministry, Organization, Planning.

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The most difficult task in the ministry is keeping the church on target and focused on its stated purpose. Like a ship or a plane without a rudder, a church will begin to drift if navigational controls are not built in and monitored.

Once you are clear on your purpose, and are able to state it in a simple sentence, it becomes your Northern Star to guide, and keep you on course. Let me give you a few purposes statements. See if you can determine what each organization is about. 1. Focus On The Family. 2. Child Evangelism. 3. Bringing Families From Spiritual Infancy To Spiritual Maturity. 4. The Church With A Heart. 5. Youth For Christ. 6. Campus Crusade.

Once you have figure out what your church is going to do, state in no uncertain terms what you believe God wants you to do. The purpose statement should be on your letterhead and your church bulletin, and it must not be vague. Everyone in your church should be keep informed about what you are aiming at. The purpose statement should be the bull’s-eye on the target. Sad to say, the reason many pastors have no purpose statement or they make it vague, is so they cannot fail or be accountable.

Next, you need to determine what objectives you must establish to move toward your Northern Star. Your objectives must be consistent with your purpose statement; otherwise your statement means nothing. You will notice the lines coming back from the shaft of the arrow. Your objectives should be written on each line. It is best not to have more than seven objectives.

Keep in mind that an objective and a goal are not the same. Objectives are the ministries you must implement to carry the church toward its purpose. For example, if you choose number 3 as a purpose for your church, one of your objectives would be to win families to Christ and the church. Objectives are ongoing and will continue till Jesus comes. Whereas, goal are the measurable activities you will use to work at your objectives. Each one of the lines on the shaft of the arrow tells you what you ought to be about to accomplish your purpose for existence.

Once you have done the above, you will have a clear picture of who you are, what you must do and how to go about it. The most difficult part of planning is not how to do what you want; the most difficult is to determine what your church will do. Once the what is established, the how, comes relative easy. To stay focused, put your planning arrow in a place where you can see it. When you seem to be in a fog or get off course, get the arrow out and view it like you would a roadmap to get back on track. Let it be your guide and you will stay focused.

(Pastor Blue has a complete seminar on the planning process. For a PAL ministry in your church, contact him.)

THE TRAIN TO HELL



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 28th, 2015. Filed under: Poems.

TRAIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Ken Blue


There’s a train that’s flying on a cold steel rail.

Its only destination is a place called hell.

You got on by choice; you get off the same.

But, as it picks up speed, you don’t complain.

 

You enjoy the thrill; it winds and descends.

Laughing, you’re joking with your phantom friends.

As the slopes get steeper, and the speed excels,

You’re on a runaway train destined for hell.

 

The engineer is laughing, so is the crew,

For they have been amused by thousands like you.

All is a blur, as the train seems to fly.

In a moment of time, your life flashes by.

 

You cry out to God; you want off this train.

Then it stops at a cross that is blood stained.

Jesus steps in, and He bids you flee.

Then the train continues to hells destiny.

 

As the train left the station, all were having fun.

But they did not know this would be their last run.

So stay off the train that sounds and looks so swell.

It’s a beauty, and a deceiver, and on its way to hell.

 

WHY I DON’T PRAY TO MARY



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 23rd, 2015. Filed under: TOPICAL.

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WHY I DON’T PRAY TO MARY

  1. THERE IS NO BIBLE COMMAND TO PRAY TO MARY
  2. THERE IS NO BIBLE EXAMPLE OF ANYONE PRAYING TO MARY
  3. THE WISE MEN BROUGHT NO GIFTS FOR MARY
  4. THE WISE MEN DID NOT WORSHIP MARY
  5. MARY WAS A SINNER AND NEEDED A SAVIOUR-  “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Luke 1:47.
  6. MARY ACKNOWLEDGED HER NEED FOR A SAVIOUR, THUS, ADMITTING HER SINFUL NATURE.
  7. JESUS IS THE ONE AND ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, NOT MARY-“ For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”1 Timothy 2:5.
  8. MARY IS NOT IN HEAVEN INTERCEDING FOR SINNERS. (This would contradict the above verse.
  9. MARY IS NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD. SHE WAS THE PERSON USED OF GOD TO BIRTH THE MAN, CHRIST JESUS. NOTHING MORE.
  10. MARY WAS NEVER CALLED THE “MOTHER OF GOD”UNTIL 331 A. D.
  11. NO ONE PRAYED TO MARY OR THE SAINTS UNTIL 600 A. D.
  12. PAUL, THE WRITER OF ALL CHURCH EPISTLES, NEVER MENTIONS MARY. THE MARY OF ROMANS 16:6 COULD NOT BE THE MOTHER OF JESUS, BECAUSE CATHOLICS SAY SHE ASCENDED TO HEAVEN.
  13. NONE OF THE JEWISH EPISTLES, HEBREWS THROUGH REVELATIONS MENTION MARY.
  14. SOME CATHOLICS WORSHIP MARY, OTHERS, ONLY VENERATE HER. BOTH ARE WRONG.
  15. TO PRAY TO, VENERATE, OR BOW TO IS IDOLATRY.
  16. TO PRAY TO MARY PUTS HER BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND CHRIST
  17. KNEELING TO A STATUE OF MARY IS AGAINST SCRIPTURE, AND IS IDOLATRY.
  18. AN IDOL ULTIMATELY BECOMES ONES GOD. “And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?” Genesis 31:30.

 

PRAYER, VENERATION AND WORSHIP OF MARY IS A DOCTRINE OF DEVILS, AND WILL BRING CONDEMN TO ONE’S SOUL. “…But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:19-21

INTERPRETATION VS APPLICATION



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 19th, 2015. Filed under: TOPICAL.

INTERPRETATION   VS   APPLICATION

waffer“… nor handling the word of God deceitfully…” 2 Corinthians 4:2.

Interpretation is the explanation of exactly what the text meant when it was written. It must include the historical, doctrinal, dispensational and prophetical meaning of the text. One cannot be loose and opinionated when seeking the true interpretation of a passage. He must be guided by the rules of biblical hermeneutics, rightly dividing the Scriptures, knowing what is literal, and what is symbolic. Interpretation is one thing; application is something altogether different.

There is no way to measure the damage done to believers through faulty application. The above picture illustrates this. This slight-of-hand is done when the preacher chooses a text and then preaches a topic or subject that has absolutely nothing to do with the chosen text. This art is so cleverly done that the average Christian thinks the text actually teaches what is being taught. No doubt, in some cases, the preacher thanks so himself.

Examples of this are seen when a text is read and then the preacher preaches his own preferences, church tradition or denominational views. You can identify this when he veers off to subjects like, how Christians should dress, what music they can listen to, what music and musical instruments can be used in the church and the sin of using Power Point. They think the Bible is opposed to promotions and special events to reach the lost. There is no end to the “do not’s” from this crowd. They think the Scriptures actually support their teaching on these and other like subjects. It does not!

Application is imperative when preaching, but all application must conform to the doctrines of the dispensation we are in today, and to the Scriptures. To do otherwise, is to handle the Word of God deceitfully for one’s own ends.

My advice is that one listen intently and test all preaching by this dispensation of grace to ensure that he or she is not being controlled or misinformed by a pastor who uses the Bible for his own ends rather than teaching exactly what it says. Remember, the marks of a cult are to use the Bible to control his followers.

IF GOD KNEW, WHY DID HE CREATE?



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 13th, 2015. Filed under: TOPICAL.

IF GOD KNEW, WHY DID HE CREATE?

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Recently, in a doctor’s office, I engaged an elderly gentleman in conversation. He asked what line of work I was in. I told him I was a pastor. He said he would like to ask me a question and wanted to know if it would be ok. I assured him it was. He said, “What is this all about? If God knows everything, He knew all the evil people would do. If that is true, why create in the first place?” I assured him that his was a common question, and since God knew everything that was going to happen, He must have anticipated his question also.

I asked him, “Do you have children of your own?” He said he had two sons and a daughter. I said, “Would you prefer they have free will, or be programmed as robots? Also, why do you think couples would plan to have children when they know these children will have trouble throughout life, get sick and ultimately die? In addition, every parent knows their child will sin and do wrong, bringing grief to others and to themselves? Why would they go ahead, in the face of these facts, and have children? Yet, with free will, the parents are not responsible for the choices of the children” He did not answer the question.

“The answer”, I said, “is, they want offspring they can love and provide for. The only thing parents expect in return is love and a life of gratitude that does not shame their family name. This is also why God created Man. God did not cause any of the grief or misery in this world. He created us with a free will and we did the rest. He knew we would sin; but in spite of that, knowledge does not remove free will. God has expressed His love to us a thousand ways, the greatest being the incarnation and crucifixion.” The gentleman had no answers or questions. 

God will never give us the answer to all our questions, but enough has been given to render every man without excuse. You can know all you need to know to settle the sin question and the purpose question. The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.Deuteronomy 29:29.

IT’S ONLY A SHADOW



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 8th, 2015. Filed under: Poems.

 

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By Ken Blue

 

The shadow holds no fear for me.

It’s just a moment in time.

When the Son shines from on high,

It flees, leaving no sign.

 

The valley’s brief and shallow,

A door to a peaceful land.

And no one walks through alone.

There is One who holds my hand.

 

Though wild beast may dwell there,

And deep waters rage below,

Thy rod and staff, they comfort,

While my cup, it overflows.

 

Protected under Your wings,

You will forsake us, never.

Thus I will fear no evil,

And live with You forever!

 

 

MINISTERIAL WARS



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 2nd, 2015. Filed under: Insights, Leadership, Ministry.

DUELINGMinistry wars are inevitable. Therefore, the pastor must know the difference between a breeze and a tornado. The pastor who is insecure and suspicious of everyone will constantly be plagued by fears and doubt.

If you believe a matter requires confrontation or a war, contact older pastors in whom you have confidence and seek their counsel and advice. If you have mature and trusted men in your church, it may be helpful to seek their guidance. Regardless of the decision, you must stand up to the challenge and accept the outcome.

Most problems are power struggle or frustrated ambition on the part of some member. Your problems will most likely come from someone who is close to you. That is, a staff member, a deacon, a treasure, a music director or their wives. These people usually get offended because of a policy decision you have made or over budget allocations.

In order to minimize wars, communicate clearly and lovingly with your congregation. Be transparent in money matters. Give people more information than they need. Remember, people in the dark tend to be more suspicious and will believe the gossip mongers. Silence them, if you can, with light.

You should show humility, but never show weakness. A church that will not change, will not grow. Be slow to make changes and expect to lose some people when you do. The pastor should not seek war or start them. But, he must be alert to the fact that the devil uses wicked men and women to hinder or destroy his ministry. Therefore, get all the advice and help available to you; spend much time in prayer and when the war is over, move forward in victory to build a greater ministry for Christ!

I recommend to every pastor and church worker a book by Marshall, Shelley titled, Well Intentioned Dragons. You can purchase it at Amazon.com

THE EVANGELIST



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 1st, 2015. Filed under: Soulwinning.

THE EVANGELIST

By Ken Blue

billy grahm“And he gave some… some, evangelists…” Ephesians 4:11

Although all believers are to do the work of evangelism, the Evangelist was not called to do the work of the Apostle, Prophet or the Pastor. His was a specific ministry of taking the gospel message to the lost, as the title implies. Timothy was told to “do the work of an evangelist.” (2Tim. 4:5.) Thus, the ministry of the evangelist must be something other than the Apostle, the Pastor or teacher. Pastors are to assist in the founding of new churches. This is how they too do the work of the evangelist. 

We have created a new word and ministry for those called missionaries. While every license has been taken by those who call themselves evangelist.

If one will consider, there are those with the title of evangelist who do everything other than what evangelist are called to do. Phillip was called to be an evangelist, and given that title. (Acts 8:8.) He also did the duties of the evangelist.

The evangelist goes to the lost and preaches the gospel. He is doing what was intended for the evangelist. In fact, since there is no designated ministry of missionary,  many are doing the work of the evangelist and the pastors and teachers. Thank God for these evangelist/missionaries, regardless of titles. 

  • James M. Gray says, “literally, God Himself is an evangelist, for He “preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham” (Ga 3:8); Jesus Christ was an evangelist, for He also “preached the gospel” (Lu 20:1); Paul was an evangelist as well as an apostle (Ro 1:15); Philip the deacon was an evangelist (Ac 21:8); and Timothy, the pastor (2Ti 4:5); and indeed all the early disciples who, on being driven out of Jerusalem, “went everywhere preaching the word” (Ac 8:4). But Eph 4:11 teaches that one particular order of the ministry, distinguished from every other, is singled out by the Head of the church for this work in a distinctive sense. All may possess the work of an evangelist in a measure, and be obligated to exercise its privilege and duty, but some are specially endued with it. “He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. It will be seen that as an order in the ministry, the evangelist precedes that of the pastor and teacher, a fact which harmonizes with the character of the work each is still recognized as doing. The evangelist has no fixed place of residence, but moves about in different localities, preaching the gospel to those ignorant of it before. As these are converted and united to Jesus Christ by faith, the work of the pastor and teacher begins, to instruct them further in the things of Christ and build them up in the faith.” (Italic, mine).
  • Albert Barns says, “What was the precise office of the evangelist in the primitive church it is now impossible to determine. The evangelist may have been one whose main business was preaching, and who was not particularly engaged in the government of the church. The word properly means, “a messenger of good tidings;” and Robinson (Lex.) supposes that it denotes a minister of the gospel who was not located in any place, but who travelled as a missionary to preach the gospel, and to found churches. The word is so used now by many Christians; but it cannot be proved that it is so used in the New Testament. ..The office was distinct from that of the pastor, the teacher, and the prophet; and was manifestly an office in which preaching was the main thing.” (Italic, mine).
  • R. A. Torry says, “The work of the evangelist is the proclamation of the glad tidings to those who have not known them, rather than the instruction and pastoral care of those who have believed and been baptized. It follows also that the name denotes a work rather than an order. Its use is nearly like our word missionary.” (Italic, mine)

Sadly, there are pastors who never do the work of the evangelist, and evangelist who never do the work of the evangelist. There is a difference between personal witnessing and the work of the evangelist. Almost, without exception, those with the title evangelist are going to churches already established by someone else. Many never win the lost and start a church with them. Someone said, “Change your title or change your behavior.”

MORALITY AND MORONS



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ December 27th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

MORALITY AND MORONS

By Ken Blue

“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.” 2 Timothy 2:14.

monkeysWords have no meaning without a context, and the context is determined by the culture, or the text under discussion. This rule must be followed when reading any article or the Bible. There are standards in the Old Testament, and in Middle East today that would be abhorred in other cultures. The posession of multiple wives was practiced from the beginning of time, and still practiced in some parts of the world. We, in western society today, would abhor such practices. The same may be said of slavery. Our greatest error may be our interpretation based, not on Scripture, but on our own culture.

In Islam, the only acceptable dress to be worn in public is the hijab. Women of the Old Testament may have worn something similar. One could not be accused of immodesty who adhered to that custom. They were modest in dress.

Every person should be modest in appearance, and moral in behavior. We have no argument about that.  However, the only acceptable rule for this is the Bible, rightly divided.  It ought to be evident to the reader that one can make the Bible teach anything he or she likes, or dislikes, when right divisions are ignored.

It is such a weariness of the mind when we see how men ignore right division. Such words as modesty, morality, godly, standards, glorify, dress, hair, etc. must be interpreted within the context of right divisions, and the culture in question.

Every Christian makes divisions in Scripture when it suits his purpose. Right divisions may be the KEY to right understanding of Scripture, and we are commanded to do so. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.  “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”
1 Corinthians 10:32.

We must know what is written to/for the Jew, to the Gentile, and to the Church. Some will quote, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11. True, all the Bible I written for our learning. But, not all is an ensample for us to follow. The context is about Jews in the wilderness.

The word “ashamed” in 2 Timothy 2:15 is clarified in verse 18.   Hymenaeus and Philetus were teaching that the resurrection of the Saints had past. This was an example of wrong division. If these two were saved, they, along with  all they had deceived will be ashamed at the judgment. Right division would correct this error.

One can see that the Bible is not chronological, but divided by subject matter. For example, the first five books are Law.  The next 12 are history.  The next five are poetry. The next five are major prophecy. The last 12 are Minor Prophets. The division is 5-12-5-5-12=39. In the Gospels through Acts, the five books are history in transition. They are Jewish, with the exception of the last half of Acts. Following these, you have the writings of the Apostle Paul. Paul was called and commissioned like no other man. He also wrote all the church epistles. It is from these the church receives all doctrine for its self. Doctrine from any other scripture must agree with these epistles, when we make application.

This bring us to another truth; Paul never put one day above another, neither did he dictate any dress specifics, nor any diet for the Gentiles. Paul was the Apostle of the administration of grace. This is not a license to sin, but it is liberty from the laws and commandments.

Many pastors are on a “power trip.” They act as if an infallible Bible makes them infallible. They have this need to have followers and to control of others. This is best illustrated through their mishandling of the Word of God. That is, by ignoring right divisions.

This brings us to our last point, the matter of using Scripture under the Law to tell women how to dress, while ignoring what it says in the context to men. God has made the husband the head of the wife. Thus, the husband and father should deal with these issues. It is these wrong divisions that has and is creating division and animosity among the brethren. I have found that those with whom you don’t agree on Deut. 22:5 can’t practice 1 John 4:20. “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
1 John 4:20. I am aware that I have taken 1 John out of context, but no one will notice.

Morality and modesty is right and expected. But, we need to stop pretending that the West is the standard. God said, concerning days and diets, “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Romans 14:2-5 . Our misuse of Scripture, and inability to make right divisions, makes us look like morons now, and will make us ashamed at the judgment.

THE FOOLS CHRISTMAS



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ December 21st, 2014. Filed under: TOPICAL.

jesus-on-crossSO, YOU’RE GETTING READY TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOR YOU LOVE? ARE YOU SAVED?

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ARE YOU RIDING THE LAODICEAN SCAPEGOAT?



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ December 15th, 2014. Filed under: Soul Winning / Witnessing.

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By Ken Blue

Leviticus 16:21-22 “ And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.”

Two goats were chosen. One was sacrificed, the other was led into the wilderness and released. Both were a type of Christ. One died for sins, the other carried them away. We use the term, scapegoat, today when the blame is placed on another person, or for some excuse.

One of the reasons churches are not winning souls today is found in the “Laodicean” scapegoat. That is, we are supposed to believe we are now living in a period, supposedly prophesied in the seventh church of Revelation 3.

Some are so sure these veiled prophecies exist that they have assigned dates to each one. I will not waste our time listing them. Our concern is with the last one, the so called “Laodicean period.”

I am very familiar the teaching and the logic behind these. I have done some research on the subject. E.W. Bullinger sees these as periods in Old Testament history.

Since there is not one verse of Scripture that teaches these are seven epics of church history, there must be another reason some see these as hidden prophecy.

The major error lies at the first verse of Revelation. That is, the assumption that chapter one through three are in this church dispensation. The reason for that conclusion is the use of the word “church” and “churches.” Next, John is seen as a “type” of the church being raptured in chapter four. One other argument is that the word “church” doesn’t appear again until the end of the book. Each argument is erroneous, and impossible to prove. However, our purpose is to show that, in most cases, the church ages are a fabrication, and that pastors use this as an excuse for the lack of soul winning.

One writer says, “The Laodicean Age began around the turn of the Twentieth Century, perhaps 1906. How long will it last? As a servant of God who has had multitudes of visions, of which NONE has ever failed, let me predict (I did not say prophesy, but predict) that this age will end around 1977.” The Laodicean Church Age – 1 – Bible Believers  www.biblebelievers.org.au/7ch045.htm.

Another writer, Don Koenig, says, “The age of Laodicea has arrived next comes the rapture and the tribulation.  Most Bible prophecy teachers would say the Laodicean church age started around AD 1900. This is correct but when Laodicea appeared among Thyatira (Catholics), Sardis (the near dead denominational churches) and Philadelphia (the Church of true believers), she was not the predominant church of that era. That is no longer true. By what we see taking place in Christianity today there should be no question that Laodicea is now the predominant church type of our age (for those of us who believe that there are seven church ages).

Laodicea is the final church age before Jesus comes for His Church. When Christ comes for His spiritual body He vomits this Laodicean church out of His body into the tribulation. I am not saying that Laodicea was ever part of His body to start with but only that this church type was identified with His body. After Jesus stomachs the lukewarm condition of this church, He spews them out implying that those identified with Laodicea have no place in His spiritual Body unless they repent and see.”

There are so many problems with the above, one hardly knows where to start. Assuming that these ages have existed, there were “Laodicean Churches” in every one of them. A study of church history confirms that. In fact, they existed in Paul’s day. The next error is the interpretation of church history in a particular geographic location. If you lived in Muslim countries, you would conclude that you were in the” Smyrna period.” If you were in some Asian countries, you would believe you were in the “Philadelphia period.”

It ought to be evident that no one could understand these as epochs of church history until the Laodicean epoch arrives. Also, we need to ask, if the first three chapters are written to and about the church/churches of this dispensation, to whom is the rest of the book written? Where is the salutation to the recipients of the rest of the book?

Revelation is a book of prophecy to Israel. It was not written to or about the body of Christ. Individual churches possessing some of these characteristics have existed since the birth of the body of Christ, the church. All of these will exist in the churches in the Tribulation. It is to these, the book is written. One hint, and there are many, these churches must “overcome” something or someone. Could it be the Antichrist and the mark of the Beast?

Very few pastors today would admit that they are the pastor of a “Laodicean” church. To them, the rebuke applies only to the spirit of religion in general, or to another pastor and another church.

If you are riding the “Laodicean Scapegoats,” get off, and start winning souls. People can be saved, even today!

 

 

 

 

BOOK: Islam vs. Christianity



By admin ~ December 4th, 2014. Filed under: BOOKS, Religions.

The book is a comprehensive comparison and refutation of the supposed similarities between Islam and Christianity. In one reader’s words this book: “…reveals the true roots of the acts of aggression and hostility being perpetrated by the adherents to Islamic ‘truth’.” Order now.

Islam vs. Christianity

Islam vs. Christianity

BOOK: A Study in Ephesians



By admin ~ November 28th, 2014. Filed under: BOOKS, Commentaries.

This 112 page exposition of Ephesians is outlined so the preacher, the teacher and the student can easly follow each thought. The first three chapters explain our riches in Christ and what God has done for every believer. Our position is Christ is explained and magnified.

A Study in Ephesians

A Study in Ephesians

The last three chapter concern the believer’s walk and exhorts the believer to a practical life for Christ. Pastor Blue has not forgotten to address the devotional aspect of this great book and therefore this study of Ephesians will be a blessing to anyone who desires a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Order now.

POETRY WITH A POINT



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ November 26th, 2014. Filed under: Poems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my most recent book of poetry. It has 156 pages. It is filled with poems of laughter, of sadness, and sarcasms. I believe you will find many that will be a help and an encouragement to you. It can be ordered from the Open Door Bookstore. [email protected].
Pastor Kennedy says, “In this new book Pastor Blue shows his ability to communicate spiritual truths through the medium of verse. The reader will find great enjoyment with every turn of the page as each poem offers something different; from humor to reflective thought, insight on life and death and even judgment to come. The value of this new work is reflected in its title, for it is truly poetry with a point.”

BOOK: Hebrews – Going On To Perfection



By admin ~ November 23rd, 2014. Filed under: BOOKS, Commentaries.

Like the book of Matthew and the book of Acts, Hebrews is a transitional book.

Commentary on Hebrews

Commentary on Hebrews

Its purpose is to reorient the Jewish remnant to the basic doctrines of their resurrected Messiah and instruct them during the Tribulation for entrance in to the Millennial Kingdom. Dr. Ken Blue does not attempt to reconcile Hebrews with the Pauline epistles. Rather, he presents it from a dispensational view showing that it corresponds to the other Jewish epistles and fits into the coming Day of the Lord. By rightly dividing the Word of God, the book of Hebrews comes alive and its obscure passages are clearly seen in the context intended by the Lord. Buy now

BOOK: Discovering Golden Nuggets of Bible Interpretation



By admin ~ November 20th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study, BOOKS.

The author has pastored the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Washington for thirty-nine years. Pastor Ken Blue also held two other pastorates while attending Omaha Baptist Bible College.

Discovering Golden Nuggets of Bible Interpretation

Discovering Golden Nuggets of Bible Interpretation

He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist College and has received an honorary doctorate from that institution. He is the author of several Bible commentaries and other booklets. Dr. Blue has been married to Mrs. Joyce Blue for fifty-nine years. They have five children and eight grandchildren. Order today.

THE POWER OF A PURPOSE STATEMENT



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 31st, 2015. Filed under: Control, Insights, Leadership, Ministry, Organization, Planning.

THE POWER OF A PURPOSE STATEMENT
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As a young preacher I attended Dr. Jack Hyles’ Pastor School on several occasions. Each year he reiterated their purpose statement by saying First Baptist is “The Church With A Heart.” He would spend the rest of the evening marching each of their ministries across the platform, illustrating their purpose. It took me some time to fully understand that action. But, I finally came to the place where I got it. Because they had a heart for all people, the church was committed to identifying all classes and groups and then developing a strategy to reach them for Christ.
I am convinced that every church should determine its true purpose; create a purpose statement and then let that statement become their northern star to direct them. This should not be hastily done. One should take several days or weeks to think this matter through. If done properly, this becomes the hub around which all your ministry activities will revolve.
Your purpose statement should state what your ministry will be about. Most Christians have heard of Focus on the Family. That purpose statement tells you where their effort and finances will focus. At Open Door Baptist we created the following purpose statement: “Open Door exist to bring families from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity.” That purpose statement tells us exactly what our emphases and efforts will be. Every ministry should be started and structured with the whole family in mind.

Once a statement has been accepted it should be dissected and each part developed with action verbs to accomplish the purpose. All future planning should be done to move the church toward your purpose statement or northern star; as you do, you will begin to experience the power of a purpose statement.

Many churches create a purpose statement and then put it in a drawer, and  forget it. That is a sign the leadership is not serious, and has a fear of failure. The purpose statement should be on every piece of literature, and posted where everyone sees it. It must be your guiding star. How many people really know what your purpose is? That will tell you how your are doing.

WHY NO ONE SHOULD BELIEVE IN PURGATORY



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ January 26th, 2015. Filed under: TOPICAL.

 

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“Purgatory, according to Catholic Church doctrine, is an intermediate state after physical death in which those

destined for heaven “undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven”.[1] Only those who die in the state of grace but have not in life reached a sufficient level of holiness can be in Purgatory, and therefore no one in Purgatory will remain forever in that state or go to hell. This theological notion has ancient roots and is well-attested in early Christian literature, but the poetic conception of Purgatory as a geographically existing place is largely the creation of medieval Christian piety and imagination.” Wikipedia.

 

 

  1. NOT ONE OF THE APOSTLES BELIEVED OR TAUGHT IT.
  2. THERE IS NOT ONE VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT TEACHES PURGATORY.
  3. PRAYING FOR, AND WORSHIP OF SPIRITS OF THE DEAD IS A CULTIC TRADITION GOING BACK BEYOND EGYPT. Jesus said the Pharisees were, “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” Mark 7:13.
  4. JESUS PURGED OUR SINS “ONCE AND FOR ALL.” “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. “Hebrews 10:11-14. If you are saved, you are “perfected forever…” The wafer has no power, nor is there need for it.
  5. PURGATORY IS AN INVENTION TO “BIND” THE LIVING AND THE DEAD TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Anyone who believes his loved ones are suffering in Purgatory, will never abandon the church, and will give unlimited amounts of money to get them out. This effort to release a loved one from purgatory requires special service to the Church. However, giving of money works best. This is one of the reasons the reformers, like Luther, forsook the church.

 

The Martin Luther Trial Homepage comments. “ How did the practice of dispensing indulgences begin? The first known use of plenary indulgences was in 1095 when Pope Urban II remitted all penance of persons who participated in the crusades and who confessed their sins.  Later, the indulgences were also offered to those who couldn’t go on the Crusades but offered cash contributions to the effort instead.  In the early 1200s, the Church began claiming that it had a “treasury” of indulgences (consisting of the merits of Christ and the saints) that it could dispense in ways that promoted the Church and its mission.  In a decretal issued in 1343, Pope Clement VI declared, “The merits of Christ are a treasure of indulgences.”

  1. WHEN A SAINT DIES, THEY GO DIRECTLY TO HEAVEN TO BE WITH JESUS. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” Philippians 1:21-23. To be absent from the body, is to be in heaven with Christ. To die is not “gain” when you know you are going to burn in purgatory. Furthermore, no one knows how long he must be there suffering hell fire, nor when one is released.
  2. PURGATORY WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL CHURCH LAW UNTIL 593 A. D. If the pope has the power, why not release all saved souls from purgatory? Could money be a factor?

Now you see why no one should believe in Purgatory.