Resources to check out:
* Passion by Mike McKinley is the free ebook this month from The Good Book Company.
* Phil Moore is back with an evangelistic CD for Easter along with Glen Scrivener – Hope for Easter.
* Check out Ligon Duncan’s John Reed Preaching Lectures from 2020 on Helping the Congregation to… Hear the Word Read; Receive the Word Preached; Join in the Word Prayed; Benefit from the Word Seen; Participate in the Word Sung.
* For the Church Institute has a free 10 week course on the Trinity led by Matthew Barrett.
* FIEC have produced a series of 10 videos (which are a follow on from the 2021 Local Leaders Conferences) entitled Fruitful which can be used to dig deeper into the importance of the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of church leaders.
* John Benton’s pastoral booklets are available to download from the Pastors’ Academy website HERE.
* There is a new edition of Credo Magazine on Eternal Generation.
* Logos has as its free book of the month 1 Peter by Joel Green. Plus there are some good deals on Psalms by Geoffrey Grogan and the Pillar New Testament Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles.
Some things to reflect on:
A thread from Dan Steel worth reading: “Just seen a UK survey that says 3/4 of people are finding this lockdown harder than the first.
– Do you agree?
– If yes, any thoughts on why?
Any ideas/wisdom much appreciated. Keep going friends.”
“I’ve been asked recently what preaching is as opposed to teaching. My understanding is that the goal of preaching (as opposed to teaching) is not instruction but adoration.
Teaching may take place in a variety of settings but the context of preaching is within the church as the earthly body of Christ. Preaching takes place within the liturgy of the church’s worship.
Teaching provides things to learn and to do while preaching should leave us aghast and awed in the presence of God whose voice we have heard. Teaching must send us out to serve; preaching must lift us up to heaven!
Preaching properly belongs in the category of worship; not ‘worship’ reduced to the level of daily life, service and obedience (all of which are goods in themselves), but ‘worship’ as the contemplation and adoration of the Triune God.
Worship is the intrusion of the supernatural and eternal; the turning from the world towards God and the consciousness of being gathered before God’s throne with the holy angels in glorious display, the spirits of just people made perfect, and the Living God our Savior & Lord
In worship, we who are in Christ are seated with Him in the heavenly realm; joined to Him as He glorifies His Father in the Spirit; praying with Him “our Father..” – both His by nature and ours by adoption; interceding in Him for ourselves and others.
In worship, through our union with Christ, we are taken up into the divine Society of the Holy Trinity and are enabled by grace to hear words, not taught by human wisdom, but taught of God by the Spirit.”
Jason Philip Clarke on public reading of Scripture: “It’s a peculiar feature of many evangelical services that they contain so little of the Bible. A few verses read from a Pauline epistle + a sermon. What irony that we who champion the Bible, are (as one writer put it) in danger of being the least Biblical people in Christendom.”
“Mentoring is a combination of:
-helping someone explore what steps they need & want to take next in some area
-letting them pick your brain & gain from any relevant knowledge or experience you might have
-reflecting and praying together about what the Lord might want to do
Mentoring is distinct from training, which is when skilled people teach and equip others to do things. In training the teacher takes the lead and sets the agenda, at least to start with. As the trainee grows in confidence and ability it starts to become more mutual. In mentoring, it is commonly helpful for the mentee to set the agenda or, if they unsure how or what it should be, to be helped to do so.”