[Student Sermons by Ronald Arthur]


Ronald Arthur

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Isaac R. Clark Memorial Collection

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circa 1960

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Interdenominational Theological Center student Ronald Arthur delivers sermon titled “Principles for Successful Ministry” in Dr. Isaac R. Clark’s homiletics class. His title is taken from Matthew 4:1-11.

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00:00:04 Audio begins with singing.

00:01:28 Ronald Arthur prays.

00:02:35 Introduces Matthew 4:1-11 and explains purpose of Matthew.

00:07:10 Introduces subject “Principles for Successful Ministry”.

00:09:34 Talks about how text suggests that many religious folks are being fooled by opposition by approaching in ways that appear favorable not seeing through falsehoods of the enemy.

00:13:13 Talks about the seemingly successful ministry of Rev. Jim Jones.

00:17:06 Talks about how the first divine idea relative to principles of successful ministry is being aware of the enemy hitting us with our natural drives. The enemy getting to us through our physical urges.

00:22:43 Talks about the second divine idea having to do with the enemy getting at us through scripture and scriptural weaknesses.

00:31:32 Talks about how that if we are to consider living examples seriously, we need to overcome the enemy in areas of shaky loyalty.

00:32:37 Talks about third and final idea, that has to do with us recognizing the need to have an informed mind about the enemy coming to us in our areas of weak loyalties.

00:34:30 Sermon concludes.

00:34:48 Music and unidentified man talks about Spanish lessons.

01:06:02 Audio Ends.


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