Tim Challies has put up some great posts. Check out this one on the obligation to assume that someone is a sibling if he or she claims to be one. Certainly a topic that I've thought about and I haven't come to a conclusive decision. It was quickly followed up by a post on church discipline and how a mark of the true church is church discipline. He also has some reflections on reading that I thought were particularly insightful.
Boundless has a good post on recognizing a biblical man.
One of my friends put up an excellent post on the expectation of people to achieve by a certain age. Death to age!
John MacArthur put up an amazing post on making ministers of lay people. It's really good.
Theocentric posts an excellent post on going beyond the base essentials.
Vincent Cheung continues his series on 1st peter and makes this point on preaching.
Apply this to preaching, pastors should not begin with imperatives, but with the indicatives about the realities of Christian salvation. Do not just command the people – feed them, so that they will have the spiritual strength to obey what is commanded. Preach about the grace that has come to them, about the difference it has made in them, and about the new identity, new life, and new community that it has given to them.
Then, begin to mix in the imperatives with the indicatives. In the process, remind the people of their past foolish thinking and sinful lifestyle. Never allow them to imagine a romanticized version of the past. Remind them that they were fools and slaves under sin. Now that Christ has saved them, it is time to invest in this new life, cast away the past, and move forward with Christ.
Team Pyro posts on what kind of temperment God requires. The conclusion?
What matters is that our heart be wholly God's (Deuteronomy 6:5f.; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 86:11; 1 Peter 3:15).As to books, I've been reading "Disciplines of a Godly Man" by Kent Hughes. The first few chapters are our charge. Society is filled with weak willed and weak minded men. Are we willing to have Godly sweat? Sweating through purity, husbanding, fatherhood, friendship? Through our prayer, devotional, worship life? Each chapter is on a different topic, directed towards a different discipline of manhood. Each chapter has been incredibly convicting and challenging, and the gospel is throughout. I wish I could have read it years ago.
Then the cut of the instrument will matter far less than the skill of the Musician.
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