Jesus’ View of the Christian Ministry

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves (Luke 10.3).

While it is true that all Christians are called to serve the Lord in all of life, and that bearing a verbal witness to Him before unbelievers is the blessed privilege of every Christian, the sacred call of men to the pastoral office and labors remains firmly established by Scripture.

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By | January 30th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

A Christian’s Usual Disappointment with Himself

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

In this 17th of 41 letters on religious subjects, John Newton offers good advice for most Christians who wish they could feel more spiritual and closer to the Lord than they do most of the time.

“A Christian’s Usual Disappointment with Himself”

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By | May 20th, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Pitfalls and Challenges of Pastoral Preaching

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

This fifth of John Newton’s trove of 41 letters on religious subjects is advice to a new pastor about his preaching. He writes as a seasoned veteran in this theater of spiritual warfare. He emphasizes the need to keep one’s heart right despite all the criticism and praise of hearers. My paraphrased abridgement uses corresponding paragraphs. Please read the original.

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By | February 18th, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

John Newton, Letter 2/41

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

An experienced pastor of good reputation, John Newton found himself consulted by young men preparing for the ministry. One anxious fellow had asked him particularly how to become a spiritually-useful preacher and how to prepare sermons. Newton’s answer is timeless and sound. I offer a paraphrased abridgement and brief comment, but please read the original letter. The paragraphs are numbered for convenient comparison.

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By | January 22nd, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

The Lord’s Servant: Identity, Traits, Hope

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

The highest possible aspiration anyone may have is to be a servant of the Lord with the requisite character and perspective of this holy calling. Second Tim 2.24–26 describes all this as the spiritual bullseye for us.
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By | January 7th, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Christ-Centered Ministry (4)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is to be properly Christ-centered, it must give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as Prophet, Priest, and King of His people. All too often in our generation of “we-wouldn’t-want-to-offend-anyone” Christianity, Christ’s kingship is conveniently ignored if not openly denied. As King, He rightfully demands His people’s obedience and supreme devotion and loyalty. The New Testament is crystal clear at this point. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The Apostle John wrote, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

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By | March 6th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (3)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is properly Christ-centered, it will give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as the One who has been anointed prophet, priest, and king. In the last article, we considered His office as priest. Now we focus on giving Christ His rightful place as prophet. A prophet is one who speaks the words of God to men. Christ is the Greatest Prophet ever. How do we accord Him His rightful place in any ministry God grants to us?

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By | March 2nd, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (2)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

The name “Christ” means “Anointed One.” Theologians have pointed out that in the OT, prophets, priests and kings were all anointed for their offices. As the Anointed One, Christ is our prophet, priest, and king. This suggests a helpful way to evaluate whether a ministry is “Christ-centered.”

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By | February 28th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (1)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

Every sincere Christian desires a “Christ-centered” ministry. But, what constitutes a “Christ-centered” ministry? Frequently, preachers or churches which address the subjects of sin, repentance, obedience, Christ’s commands, duty, or self-denial are criticized as being not “Christ-centered”, even though Christ’s own Word overflows with teaching on these topics.

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By | February 26th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

The indispensable qualification for those in the ministry

Thomas-Murphy-small-picThomas Murphy

It should be laid down as our first principle that eminent piety is the indispensable qualification for those in the ministry of the gospel. By this is not meant simply a piety the genuineness of which is unquestionable, but a piety the degree of which is above that of ordinary believers. It is meant that there should be a more thorough baptism of the Holy Ghost, a more absolute consecration of all powers and faculties to the service of God, a more complete conformity to the likeness of the Lord Jesus, a greater familiarity with the mind of the Spirit, a nearer approach to the perfect man in Christ Jesus, in those who take upon themselves the privileges and the responsibilities of the pastor, than are commonly expected even in true Christians. […]

By | September 27th, 2013|Herald, Pastoral Theology|