2 Do you want to grow as Christian? How will I know if I will pass through the Test of Promotion?Do you want to grow as Christian?Do you want an effective ministry?Do you want to extend God’s kingdom?
3 In our age, fear of failure is very strong. The Test of PromotionIn our age, fear of failure is very strong.Unless a person is walking in the Spirit, he may unconsciously sabotage the success of his Christian walk or his ministry.
4 Deep in his inner man:1. He may believe that he does notdeserve promotion2. He may fear that success bringswith it a standard of faith thathe cannot sustain for long.3. He may simply fear failure so stronglythat he focuses on trying to avoidfailure rather than trying to succeed inserving God and His church.
5 Why do we studyTest of Promotion?1. All of the other tests directly affectthis one.2. It is one of the most difficult of alltests to pass.3. It is one of the most frequent causesof frustration in younger ministries.
6 Definition:When a leader finds himself not moving forward in ministry in the church, as he expects he should, he is in the Test of Promotion .
7 The Parable of Promotion: Text: Judges 9The spiritual leader must know his own place of ministry, and stays in it.Character: Abimelech and JothamCharacters:Purposes:1. Olive TreeOil2. Fig TreeFruits3. Grape VineWine4. Thorn BushThorn
8 Symbol of Promotion in Scripture: The Horn Horn Strength Defense Natural WorldServant of GodAnointing (1 Samuel 16:13)HornPowerStrengthStrengthDefenseFaithfulness in ministries
9 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head… Symbol of Promotionin Scripture:1 Samuel 10:1Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head…1 Samuel 16:13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.
10 Symbol of Promotionin Scripture:Saul when anointed, a flask of oil was use by Samuel (1 Samuel 10:1).David on the other hand, a horn of oil was use (1 Samuel 16:13).
11 Only God can promote the righteous: Saul David Anointed with human instrument(1 Samuel 10:1)Anointed withdivine instrument(1 Samuel 10:13)Approved by thepopular vote ofpeopleChosen by theleading Spirit of GodBecame proud andwas brought lowby GodRemained humbleand was lifted upby God
12 How did Samuel became the Prophet-judge of Israel? Today’s C-LeaderChosen by Godbefore birth for hisministryDo I sense a realdivine call upon my life?His parents dedicatedhim to the LordDo I realize that mydivine calling may havemuch to do with theway my parents prayedfor me when I was notyet born or when I wasa child?
13 How did Samuel became the Prophet-judge of Israel? Today’s C-LeaderHe served unto theLord under Eli.Am I striving to makea better position formyself, or do I submit,as unto the Lord, whenthose over me in theLord make a decisionwith which I disagree?Samuel was sleepingwhen God called.Are we rested in ourpresent ministry?
14 The pre-requisite for promotion is… Righteousness