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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray with someone starting High School.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Be ready to give Gospel Tracts to a Non-Believer.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Get good tracts for the evangelists in your church.

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Contagious Disciple Making

David Watson and Paul Watson. Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, December 1, 2014.  256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What would be a worthwhile book to read concerning discipleship, mentoring and ministry and missions in a cross-cultural context?  While I don’t agree with everything in this book I think this book is worthwhile to read for food for thought and the parts I think that are good are very helpful.  The co-authors are father and son who have done missions overseas in Asia and are also consultants for ministry in other areas including the West and Africa.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Get Ice Cream with Someone.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Share a Bible verse with someone that God is in control.

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D.A. Carson. The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, January 2nd 2018. 160 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster |Amazon

Bible believing Christians know that the Christian ministry must be Cross-Centered but what does that mean?  In this 160 page book New Testament scholar and author Don Carson writes a book on what that means based upon the book of 1 Corinthians.  This makes for a spiritually edifying read whether you are in pastoral ministry or you are a faithful church member.  It is also spiritually edifying whether you are studying to enter the ministry or someone who have been a pastor for some time, and I read this at at a point in my life where I’m close to a decade of full time ministry.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Remember Persecuted Christians who are Imprisoned.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Eat Lunch with Someone.

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First off before I share my review I want to welcome all those who have recently found our blog on Monergism.com.  We are a blog that is intent on covering apologetics, Christian worldview and theology with posts on book reviews, resources and our own written content.  Feel free to subscribe and bookmark our page for daily posts!

Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. The Deliberate Church.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 9th 2005.  221 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Both authors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander have written a helpful book for pastors and church leaders on doing church ministry according to the Bible and centered on the Gospel.  As the book states on page 28, “The Gospel alone shapes and evaluate must both shape and evaluate any ministry method we use.”  This is a great antidote to the seeker sensitive church method or other marketing gimmick that is driven more by man-centered pragmatisms instead of the Word of God.  I love how this book is both biblical and practical since I believe there is a real need of resources on practical ecclesiology (doctrine of the church).  Too often one find two kinds of extreme: practical works without it being biblical or biblical works on the church without a deeper practical picture of what does it look like.  Dever and Alexander writes from being biblically informed and years of wisdom and experience which through their 9 Marks ministry have greatly helped many other local churches including the one I minister at.

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I really appreciated all of you who prayed for me and ministry based upon a post I shared earlier last week.  I just got back from speaking at a retreat so I am rather lagging behind with the blog this weekend.  Of course preaching at a retreat is the fun stuff with the ministry but the harder part is in the midst of sermon prep people are going through various things in lives and sometimes there are difficult late night counseling and intervention or all-day incidents.  Thank you again for your prayers.  In particular thank brother Wally for letting others know.

 

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Sometimes for pastors holidays are also days in which pastors are “in ministry” or ministries can be very busy during the summer months though many people take vacation during the Summer.

I think Christians including pastors should see there is an important place for rest.  Even pastors of very busy ministry and pastors of small ministries where much depends on the pastor.

Here’s my one idea for Christian pastors whose ministry is very busy during the summer:

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It is Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Sometimes in faithful Gospel ministry there arises the following situation:

  • People hate you
  • People ostracize you
  • People insult you
  • People scorn your name as evil

We ought not to be surprised.  This is what Jesus said will happen in Luke 6:22 and will happen “for the sake of the Son of Man.

Yet in the next verse Jesus said “Be glad in that day and leap for joy” (Luke 6:23a).

What?  Why?  We don’t typically associate all those things happening as a reason to rejoice.  The reason Jesus gives is also a powerful motivation to continue ministry even when people persecute us in the second half of Luke 6:23:

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It is Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  As I was meditating on 2 Timothy 1 note the difficulties in Paul’s ministry.  Perhaps they parallel your own ministry in teaching and/or preaching:

  • There was persecution, even up to the point that Paul was made a prisoner (v.8)
  • There was suffering, even up to the point that some could be ashamed (v.10)
  • There was abandonment, even at a point when the company is most needed (v.15)

Yet Paul said

How can we as preachers and teachers (be it small group, Sunday school or other ministry) be encouraged and properly motivated to endure despite the trials?

We find one key powerful motivation that propelled Paul in 2 Timothy 1:11:

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It is Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is getting everything done that’s on your plate.  Of course that requires self-discipline.  How can we preachers and teachers be encouraged and properly motivated to be disciplined?

We are finishing off the third and final part of 2 Timothy 1:7:

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