Excerpt From The Interview
“When I do a men’s retreat, I always start with dominion. I let the church decide the other three or four I’ll do, but I always do dominion. I make sure I say there’s a difference in dominating and dominion. Those are not the same thing. So by dominion, I just go back to Genesis and when God called Adam and he had to take dominion over the earth. And so dominion means to work and to keep.
Then I talk about a man’s four primary domains. If you’re going to give man dominion, he’s gotta have domains. His domains are the local church, his family, his workplace, and his own flesh. That’s a huge deal in Titus, taking dominion over your own flesh. By work and keep, what I really mean is that for a faithful godly man, every area of his life is going to be better because he’s there. It is sweat, it is toil, it is hard work. I mean, the idea of working and keeping to me is really plowing. So I’m doing this hard work that no one ever notices that eventually will bear fruit.
I take that idea of dominion opposite of what the term sounds like and say dominion is working really hard for the sake of everyone that’s been entrusted to you and every area that’s been entrusted to you. So it really is self sacrificial Christ-like hard work.”
About J Josh Smith
Josh Smith is the lead pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Bogart, Georgia. Josh has ministered in over 25 countries, worked with international students, and served as a missionary in central Europe. His greatest passion is the exaltation of Christ and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom to the ends of the earth through the ministry of the local church. Josh is a graduate of Liberty University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh and his wife, Andrea, have four daughters and one son (Lily, Gracie, Josie, Annie, and Josiah).
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