How can a person know if God is calling him to be a minister?

Hello K,

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Preaching the word is a most noble calling. If you are wondering if God is calling you to be a preacher, there are some pointers you need to consider:

1-Listen to the Lord’s still small voice when you’re praying and studying the scriptures “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

2-The Lord puts a fire in the heart of those that are called to preach. Jeremiah described it as a “burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:8-9) that could not be stifled. And this fire will not go out unless it is released in preaching “woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16).

3-Watch for the open doors and closed doors of providence – remember the story of Jonah.

4-Conslut the Lord’s leaders in the church and see if there is a confirmation to your calling “and in multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Proverbs 24:6). The prospective preacher should also be examined by the leaders in the church. The requirements for elders are listed in (1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1).

5-The Lord may use visions or dreams to show you His calling “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them” (Acts 16:9,10).

6-Look for the opportunity to preach as Paul did in Athens (Acts 17:21-32). If the response to early efforts at preaching are positive, this is a good sign that the preacher has the gift of teaching from the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:11).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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