By exclusivity of the gospel, we mean that only those who personally, consciously, explicitly, and singularly confess Jesus Christ as Lord can possess eternal life. Let’s consider these qualifiers more closely.
The church’s attention to Jesus’ return seems to be seasonal, with interest rising and falling based upon a host of issues, most especially current geo-political events. The need of the hour is not for more end-times speculation, but an impact upon how we live the Christian life every day.
There is no such thing as a pastor who knows only the burden of leadership or only the sweat of service.
The power of the gospel is why you are there and why you preach. Do not travel around the world to preach, only to show up with a self-help sermon.
The point is not so much eloquence as it is intentionality. Over the years, as I have monitored my own preaching and observed others, I have come to realize how intentionally using a few key words will strengthen most any sermon.
The journey will be hard, but it will be spiritually rich and eternally consequential.
Ministry service is glorious, but it can also be uniquely taxing, and only those propelled by a love for Christ and His church survive the long haul.
An interview with Jason K. Allen about his new book.
Even for the gospel minister, personal courage is indispensable. Ministry is not for the faint of heart.