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ELECTING ELDERS IS AN EVANGELISTIC ACT

100H“He must be well thought of by outsiders” (1 Timothy 3:7)

David Murray:

“Who we elect to office [of elder]

communicates so much to the world about what the church and the Gospel is all about,

that it should be considered a major part of our evangelistic message to the world…

Electing elders is an evangelistic act.”

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HE NEEDS TO BE AN ICEBERG

file8741246896404Andrew Haslam:

“There is one rule that I think ought to underpin every pastor’s understanding of his calling, which is that he needs to be an iceberg.

What do I mean?

Simply this: that whatever public ministry he engages in (that bit above the surface) needs to be built upon a lifetime of preparation, growth, character, learning, and reliance on God (the mass under the surface).

What does this mean in practice?

It means that in amongst the many and varied jobs that need to get done in church life, a pastor must carve out time to grow, and that is part of his job.”

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HELP PEOPLE GET READY FOR SUNDAY

freely-10136-preview-973x973John Chrysostom:

“Thus I often state several days beforehand the subject about to be considered, 

in order that, in the intervening time, 

you may take a book and go through the whole passage; 

and, noticing what has been stated and what reserved, 

you may be prepared to hear more intelligently that which is to be said.”

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THIS IS HOW GOD ADVANCES HIS GOSPEL

DSC_0390_Iván_Melenchón_Serrano_MorgueFileJesse Johnson:

“When a church is reaching the lost and training men for ministry, the Lord will take those men (and their families), and send them to new places. 

This is how God advances his gospel. 

In this age, he does not use rocks or angels. Instead, he uses churches training men and their families to serve and plant other churches.”

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PREACH THROUGH ENTIRE BOOKS

freely-10004_preview-973x648Mark Dever & Greg Gilbert:

“The best diet of preaching for your church would be one that makes its way through entire books of the Bible – in both testaments and in all the different genres of the Scripture.”

Why?

Most of the books of Scripture are organised such that one chapter builds on the previous one and lays groundwork for what’s coming in the next one.” 

“Doing so forces you to preach on uncomfortable portions of Scripture.” 

“[It] protects us from being “blamed” for preaching hard passages at particular times… the trouble is that when it comes to those touchy passages, there’s never a Sunday when you can preach them without somebody in your congregation thinking you’ve chosen this Sunday because of them.” 

“Preaching through books forces you as a preacher – and therefore your church as well – to grapple with passages of Scripture with which you’re not already familiar.  As a result, you learn new things, you grow in your knowledge of God and His Word, and you mature as a Christian and as a pastor.”

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10 OF THOSE TUESDAY

UQEvery Tuesday I want to highlight on this blog a great resource that is available from 10ofthose.com and some great deals for you to check out.

This week’s resource is a classic but still one of the best evangelistic tools around: Ultimate Questions by John Blanchard.

I’m not saying this because John is a member of the local church I pastor.

The fact that millions of copies of this booklet have been sold and it’s been translated into loads of languages speaks for itself.

Ultimate Questions is available to buy HERE.

And while you’re visiting 10ofthose.com you might like to check out the latest offers on a number of resources including some to help you get ready to vote in the UK elections.

WHO IS CALLED?

PA281186Robin Weekes:

Who is called into paid Christian work?

  1. Those whom Christ appoints (Ephesians 4:11)
  2. Those whom the church identifies
  3. Those who are godly in life (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
  4. Those who are gifted to teach (1 Timothy 3:2)
  5. Those who understand the times (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
  6. Those who are prepared to suffer (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

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SELECTING ELDERS

Sheep-Sinclair Ferguson:

“Choose those who are already “among” the flock, and the flock “among” them (1 Pet. 5: 2). 

Moral, domestic, occupational, didactic qualifications being met, ask, “Does this man love the flock and is he beloved by them?” 

Commitment to corporate prayer is often a litmus test.”

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