Wow! Do I Love This Book

I’ve been encouraged and instructed by many books on pastoral ministry but not like this one. It’s so good that those who are not pastors and do not preach sermons would benefit greatly from it because it would help them see what God wants in their pastor and in their church. This would go a long way in helping the church to seek and pray for this kind of ministry. Here is a paragraph from Paul David Tripp’s new book, “Dangerous Calling.”

“I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion, and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Savior. There simply is no set of exegetical, homiletical, or leadership skills that can compensate for the absence of this in the life of a pastor. It is my worship that enables me to lead others to worship. It is my sense of need that leads me to tenderly pastor those in need of grace. It is my joy in my identity in Christ that leads me to want to help others live in the middle of what it means to be “in Christ.” In fact, one of the things that makes a sermon compelling is that the preacher is worshiping his way through his own sermon.” pg. 35

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