Field Notes – 29/9/F
The next edition of Credo Magazine on the Reformation of the Family is available to read online HERE.
“Of course a gospel minister must study the Scriptures and labour hard to prepare sermons.
But he also needs to visit his people. He needs to know his flock. He needs to know what troubles they are facing. He needs to know what questions they are actually asking. He needs to listen before he speaks. He must do this, not least so that his pulpit ministry actually connects and scratches where his congregation are itching.
Otherwise, instead of being direct and well aimed, his applications will be either very general (and therefore not very motivating) or will fly wide of the mark.
Failure to spend time with people is, I suspect, still one of the greatest causes of sermons which put people to sleep despite the possession of much learning and ‘Bible handling skills’.”
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“The man who attempts Christianity without the church shoots himself in the foot, shoots his children in the leg, and shoots his grandchildren in the heart.” (Kevin DeYoung)
Back when I was a youth and children’s worker, I had the opportunity to attend what is now called the Growing Young Disciples conference. It is happening again next year – 15-18 January – all the details are HERE.