Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Encouragement for pastors

Thabiti Anyabwile is continuing his series on “The Pastor’s Heart in Paul’s Letters”, with the posting of Part 7. In case you missed them, here are links to Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

As an encouragement to pastors, I want to leave you with this quote from Part 7:

We should recognize that prophesying is the primary scriptural method for edifying the body (1 Cor. 14:1-5). As pastors and teachers, then, we're not to neglect the ministry of the Word as the primary method for building up the church. It's the proclamation of the Word that edifies, comforts, and exhorts (v. 3). And we need to remain committed to this ministry even when we don't see the immediate fruit of it. Building high and building steady requires building deep. Our preaching and teaching ministries, if owned by the Holy Spirit, may for a time be excavating, foundation and plumbing laying ministries with little visible architecture. But if we keep building deep, the Lord will build sturdy and high His church.”

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