Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rob Ventura: Part Three: A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ

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Rob Ventura, pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church in Cumberland, Rhode Island (see, will address the theme of the new book he wrote with co-author Jeremy Walker, "A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ" (Part three) (see

Reformation Heritage Books' Description: What does a true pastor look like, and what constitutes a faithful ministry? How can we identify the life and labors of one called by God to serve in the church of Jesus Christ? To address these questions, Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker examine how the apostle Paul describes his pastoral relation to the people of God in Colossians 1:24–2:5. By discussing these essential attitudes, qualities, and characteristics of a faithful minister of Christ, A Portrait of Paul provides gospel ministers an example of what they should be, and demonstrates for churches the kind of pastors they will seek if they desire men after God’s own heart.

Chapters in Book:

1. The Joy of Paul’s Ministry

2. The Focus of Paul’s Ministry

3. The Hardships of Paul’s Ministry

4. The Origin of Paul’s Ministry

5. The Essence of Paul’s Ministry

6. The Subject of Paul’s Ministry

7. The Goal of Paul’s Ministry

8. The Strength of Paul’s Ministry

9. The Conflict of Paul’s Ministry

10. The Warnings of Paul’s Ministry
After graduating high school, Rob Ventura moved from Long Island to New York City. He attend Baruch College, part time, taking courses in business. He later went on to manage a music group professionally. He met his wife, Vanessa, in 1992 in New York City. After dating as unbelievers for about 3 months, God in mercy separated them, saved them, and four years later they were married in August of 1996. Rob has been pastoring 3 years full time.

See Paul Washer's review of A Portrait of Paul here:

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