The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.
Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.
I want my appearance, demeanor, and conduct to show I am on kingdom business.
We must not, therefore, underestimate the importance of the local church family when it comes to pastoral issues regarding single parent parenting and discipleship.
Do everything out of love for the congregation that gathers as your local church, and enable them to sing and worship and see Christ clearly together.
To lead and serve God's people demands that we feed them the truths of God's word; that is applied theology!
We ask Jonathan Leeman, "In what way should a church be political?"
Waiting is not just a discipline we impose but a grace we experience. Our lean is into the promise of His blessing and provision.
Editors note: This article was originally published at Am I Called
Can you hear Jesus advocating for you before the throne?
The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible
We ask Dean Inserra, "How can a pastor protect his family, his church, and himself from moral failing?"
We are custom made by our Creator to fill a place and fulfill a destiny.
In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.
Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview.
Sometimes I wonder if the preacher/pastor me looks like a godly man breathing in the goodness of God. In reality, I feel more like a deflated balloon.
We must remember that we are stewards of the life God has given us and that this stewardship is demanded for every day, every decade, and every stage.
We naturally assume the people who possess the greatest and most effective gifts are also the people who are walking most closely with God. We falsely equate giftedness with holiness and link ability with divine intimacy. The Bible tells us otherwise.
Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us.
Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.
It is too high and too glorious a calling for just anyone to preach just anything for just any reason in just any way. Preaching is to be done by a man, called of God, who is compelled to herald the Bible with full conviction and faithful interpretation.
We ask Devin Maddox, "Should pastors write?"
Countless times it’s been whispered to me, as if it is a sacred secret, “In order to survive as a pastor’s wife, you must not make any friends.”
As you consider your calling, consider replanting a dying church.
Expository preaching frees us up to trust God as we deliver His Word to His people. We're given permission to relish His Word and we're unfettered from the urgent as we preach through the Bible verse by verse.
When the funeral party is interrupted, it’s not by a power outage or someone pulling the fire alarm, but by the bridegroom calling us home to the eternal wedding celebration.
We may not be able to make it to every hospital stay. But in most instances, presence at the hospital, surgery center or doctor’s office will provide a strategic Great Commission platform. Let’s not waste it.
People mean well; they really do.
Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.
illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.
We need tools to help us, but we need the Holy Spirit to illumine, convict, and empower.
There is not shortage of challenges is answering the call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard it. Standing beside what seems an insurmountable wall of fear, financial challenges, real-life distractions, dangers, and, if we are honest, selfishness, we sit down. Or we turn around. Or we try to find some other wall that is easier to climb. And still, God has called us onward.
These reminders help us eliminate the shame we feel after disobedience and push us to repent of our sin even when we're tempted to wallow in it. They are "gospelisms"—truths about the gospel that are easy to preach to one another when we begin to forget the gospel—and I hope that they help you as they have helped me.
Christian pastors aren't meant to be chaplains of the American Dream.
Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.
For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”
Pastor, this is not a competition. God loves you just as extravagantly in your failures as He does in your successes and He isn't comparing your ministry to the one across the street.
Every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why . . .
If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit.
God forbid that my ambitious leadership rob others of their calling.
We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "What is the ideal pastor’s personality?"
There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church.
God never leaves his child behind. He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.
The benefits and joy of journeying the entire way through God’s salvation story are too good to miss.
Preachers, learn to see every sermon as an opportunity of a lifetime - an opportunity to bring change where it matters most, change in the heart of people for whom Christ died and now lives.
Lasting pastoral influence and legacies are marked by both humilty and service.
You never take a vacation from your Christianity, so why would we stop attending worship on the Sunday of our vacation?
In waiting for noble things in this life, we should be reminded that we wait for One whose nobility far exceeds everything on earth in every respect.
We ask Dr. Spencer Plumlee, "What are some non-negotiables for preaching?"
Dealing with difficult people in ministry can certainly be difficult and disappionting. But here are some things I've learned over 20+ years of pastoring . . .
Sometimes as evangelicals we can be our own worst enemy.