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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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I’ve compiled all the posts for our series “Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers” here.  It was a devotional series I worked on after considering how many Pastors end up burning out.  It’s originally meant for pastors but teachers in churches were later also written in view of you as well!

In this post I want to discuss about how to get the most from the series.

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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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t’s Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is to love those who are hard to love.  How can you preachers and teachers love those who are difficult who are in your ministries and class?

Similar to last week today’s post comes from 2 Timothy 1:7:

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