OUR MINISTERS


Larry Yarber
Larry Yarber Minister

Larry is a native of Mountain View, Missouri. He is a retired rural mail carrier. Larry and wife Cheryl have four children: Bonnie, Clint, April and Derek. Currently, they have twelve grand-children. Both of their sons are gospel preachers. Larry has done local work in Arkansas and Missouri. He has participated in lectures and/or gospel meetings in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, Florida and Nevada.


QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES OF AN EVANGELIST

Timothy, "But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." (II Timothy 4:5). What then is the work of an evangelist?

A preacher is a herald, proclaiming the good news of salvation. Hence, a preacher reaches out to the lost to guide them to the words which will save their souls. "So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:15-16). Paul warned Timothy to keep his teaching accurate, "Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you." (I Timothy 4:16). God chose this seemingly foolish method to save mankind. "For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe." (I Corinthians 1:21).

However, it is a mistake to think that a preacher's duties only relate to those who are lost. An evangelist is one of those placed by Christ to build up his people (Ephesians 4:11-13). Hence, a preacher must teach Christians how to live in accordance with God's will (I Timothy 4:11,13). He gives encouragement to fellow Christians, exhorting them to do what is right (I Timothy 4:13; II Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:15).

Part of that teaching is the public declaration of God's will. "But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine." (Titus 2:1). "This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men." (Titus 3:8). "Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching." (I Timothy 4:13). Such teaching is also a part of a congregation's worship (I Corinthians 14:26).

Obviously, such duties requires a preacher to know God's word very well. "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15). In our society, many preachers attend formal schools to learn the word of God in depth. However, this is not the way it was originally done. Timothy’s knowledge of the Scriptures came from his training in early childhood (II Timothy 1:5; 2:14-15). He then traveled extensively with Paul and other preachers (Acts 16:1-3). Besides Paul, Timothy spent a good bit of time in the company of Silas (Acts 17:14-15; 18:15). Soon Timothy was being sent to various congregations by Paul either in the company of another preacher or alone. Hence, we learn that preachers are responsible for the training of other preachers. “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2)

THIS IS GOD'S "PLAN OF SALVATION" FOR YOU

YOU MUST HEAR THE TRUE WORD OF GOD

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE TRUE SON OF GOD

"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (John 8:24)

YOU MUST REPENT OF YOUR SINS

Turn from your sins "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:30-31)

YOU MUST CONFESS YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

You must, with sincere heart-belief, confess that Jesus is Lord. He is Lord whether you confess it or not, but it is unto your salvation that you must acknowledge His deity and His ownership (Romans 10:9-10). This confession is the external expression of an internal spirit of complete submission to every aspect of His word and will. As with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save (Matthew 7:21).

YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION

Be baptized for the remission of sins "Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" (Acts 2:38)

YOU MUST LIVE A FAITHFUL LIFE UNTO DEATH

Live a faithful Christian life in the fellowship of God’s people "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58) "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)