The Man God Uses -- By: Bryce B. Augsburger

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 01:3 (Fall 1958)
Article: The Man God Uses
Author: Bryce B. Augsburger


The Man God Uses

Bryce B. Augsburger

Pastor of the Marquette Manor Baptist Church, Chicago

President, Central C. B. Regional

There have been developing over the years a number of principles which have guided me, not only in my personal life; but also in my public ministry. It is one of these principles which God has laid upon my heart that will be the basis and the very outline for my message, “THE MAN GOD USES.” The principle is just this: “GOD’S MAN, IN GOD’S PLACE, DOING GOD’S WORK, IN GOD’S WAY, WITH GOD’S RESULTS.”

The first question in every pastor’s life is, “How can he be God’s man, having God’s results?” On one side of the ledger is God’s man, on the other side is God’s results. Our problem is the finding of those logical and biblical steps that will bring God’s man to the place where he can be having God’s results.

I. God’s Man

In order to be God’s man, you must be a man of God. To my knowledge, there were only three men in the Word of God who were ever named “a man of God.” One was Elijah, because of his work, I Kings 17:24; another was Elisha, because of his walk, II Kings 4:9; the third was Timothy where Paul was exhorting him concerning his warfare, I Timothy 6:11. By GOD’S MAN, I mean the “Blessed Man of Psalm I.”

The man who walks not in ungodly counsel

The man who stands not in the way of sinners

The man who sits not in the seat of the scornful-

The man who delights himself in the law oi the Lord

The man who meditates in that law both day and night

The man who is like a tree planted by rivers of living water (well-watered garden)

The man who brings forth fruit in his season

The man whose leaf shall not wither (no dried-up testimony)

The man who prospers in whatsoever he doeth. (Prosperity, what more could we ask?)

This is GOD’S MAN. This characterizes a MAN OF GOD. But by GOD’S MAN, I also mean the spirit-filled man of Ephesians 5—the possessed man, controlled man, the overwhelmed man (v.19), the man who speaks to himself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. The man who sings, making melody in his heart to the Lord. In other words, the man who is characterized by the note of praise. There is so much negativism, so much pessimism among the servants of ...

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