let us fear

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

Hebrews 4:1 ESV

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Teach in and out of season

Dan Dumas at Expository Living writes:

As an elder, your teaching never stops. The ability to teach is not exclusively exercised from the pulpit; there are countless ways to teach your people both formally and informally. Even when your mouth is shut, people receive instruction from how you conduct yourself. 

As for my heart…

As for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so loath to go to God, and when it is with Him, so loath to stay with Him, that many times I am forced in my prayers, first to beg of God that He would take mine heart, and set it on Himself in Christ, and when it is there, that He would keep it there. Nay, many times I know not what to pray for, I am so blind, nor how to pray, I am so ignorant; only, pleased be grace, the Spirit helps our infirmities.

Hidden Life of Prayer, David MacIntyre

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.  James 1:22-25 ESV

Resilient Ministry Spheres

Spiritual formation is the process of maturing spiritually and personally. Pastors have so many things to do, they can neglect their own spiritual health.

Self-care involves a pastor taking time to tend to his spiritual, physical, social, and mental needs. Pastors have felt as if their role as a pastor was the only part of their lives that mattered. This is a lop-sided view that can leave a pastor feeling one-dimensional. Pastors need to create healthy boundaries to pursue interests and take care of their responsibilities outside the church.

Emotional and cultural intelligence deals with how one engages with feelings and ideas outside one’s own experience. Emotional intelligence is “the ability to manage one’s own emotions proactively and to respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Cultural intelligence is an awareness of regional, ethnic, and generational differences and the implications of these differences personally and interpersonally. Pastors need to be able to learn from, and not be threatened by, perspectives and experiences of others.

Marriage and family needs to be addressed. It is critical for a pastor to carve out time to tend to his family’s spiritual and emotional health. A pastor cannot sustain pastoral excellence if he does not care for his wife and family.

Leadership and management address ministry aspects that most pastors do not instinctively embrace. These two elements of ministry cannot be ignored.

Each element is considered a strand of a tapestry. One cannot look at self-care, for example, without also addressing spiritual formation or marriage and family.

– Article here.
– More information at this link.

The SBC is Hemorrhaging while we stand by idle

Excellent piece today from Jared Moore. Take some time to read it.

The SBC is Hemorrhaging.

We, being those of the SBC, are doing nothing about it. Replacing the proclamation of the word of God with dramatic thematic shows. But those who hold a dear view of expository preaching, and yes, I do mean preaching Christ crucified, and making the point the main point (thank you John Piper), would rather not ruffle the feathers of the those who clamor for more entertainment. Sunday morning worship begins and ends with our musical (um, choir) presentations.

I’m not at all advocating Sunday morning worship without music, or singing lustily (thank you Charles Wesley) unto the Lord. But I would much rather sing to the Lord than to be sung to.