If you want your people to joyfully submit to God and serve those around them with humility, resisting sin and clinging to Christ, encouraged toward endurance all the way to their earthly end, consider preaching or teaching 1 Peter.
A godly motivation to disciple others is your gratitude for God’s work for, in, and through them.
We need a script, a revelatory rehearsal for the crushing inevitability of life and death.
What does it mean to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? It is to behold the eternal, miraculous, courageous cross of Christ and, with unveiled face, be transformed.
If a pastor, as a signpost, points to the revealed theological realities of God, he must point supremely to the heart of that revelation: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The barren land of human brokenness, which has only ever yielded enough fruit for us to fight over, has been trumped completely by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the True Vine.
For all His love for humanity, God did not ultimately preserve a nation for the sake of sheer benevolence. He did so for His glory.