Field Notes – 31/10/T
Our trainee pastor at Banstead Community Church, Jimmy, has launched a Kickstarter project for a Pop Up Book he along with a couple of mates has designed for children on creation. Check it out at popupbible.com.
I went along to the Sovereign Grace UK Pastor’s Conference today and the two messages from CJ Mahaney really were superb.
In the first session, he spoke from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, reminding us what the profile of the pastor is like.
A pastor must have 1) a heart for the gospel and 2) a heart for people.
Pastors have been entrusted with the gospel, and we must personally treasure it, proclaim it, and protect it. He was concerned that 1) we don’t grow familiar with our conversion experience and instead are increasingly amazed that we have been saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone; and 2) we don’t become professional pastors, that with growing competence and skill in pastoral ministry our affection for the Saviour does not diminish.
Pastors have been entrusted with the gospel for people, and we must have a heart to reach the lost with the gospel and affection for those gathered by the gospel. People are not an interruption of your ministry – they are the object of your ministry!
There is a simplicity that forms the profile of the pastor. Here is a job description an ordinary person by grace can do.
“The Gospel gets bigger when, in your heart,
- grace gets bigger;
- Christ gets greater;
- his death gets more wonderful;
- his resurrection gets more astonishing;
- the work of the Spirit gets mightier;
- the power of the gospel gets more pervasive;
- its global extent gets wider;
- your own sin gets uglier;
- the devil gets more evil;
- the gospel’s roots in eternity go deeper;
- its connections with everything in the Bible and in the world get stronger;
- and the magnitude of its celebration in eternity gets louder.
So keep this in mind: Never let the gospel get smaller in your heart.
Pray that it won’t. Read solid books on it. Sing about it. Tell someone about it who is ignorant or unsure about it.”
“If I have learned anything in 35 or 40 years of teaching, it is that students don’t learn everything I teach them. What they learn is what I am excited about, the kinds of things I emphasize again and again and again and again. That had better be the gospel.”
“To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach quite another.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)