Praying for a Pastor

An older, wiser brother in the Lord, Pastor Ligon Duncan, (one of the T4G founders) put these thoughts together on how one might pray for their pastor….

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1. That [your pastor] would know and love the living God, would have a saving interest in Christ, being purchased by His blood, and thus would be bound to the Lord by the indissoluble bond of the Holy Spirit.

2. That [your pastor] would know, embrace and ever more deeply understand the Gospel and be shaped by it in life and ministry.

3. That [your pastor] would be useful servant of the Lord, that he would know and love God’s word, God’s people, and God’s kingdom; that he would be used to build it up and so that it prevails even against Hell’s gates.

4. That [your pastor] would study, practice and teach the Word of the Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

5. That [your pastor] would love to pray, because he loves to commune with his God, and that he would be a man of prayer, characteristically.

6. That [your pastor] would be ever dependent upon and filled with the Spirit; and that he would possess true Spiritual wisdom.

7. That [your pastor] would be holy unto the Lord. That his tongue and heart would be wholly God’s.

8. That [your pastor] would be kept from pride, and especially spiritual pride. That the Lord himself would be gracious to slay pride in him, and that your pastor would endeavor to always be putting pride to death, by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

9. That God would give [your pastor] guidance as to where to focus his efforts in ministry.

10. That He would protect [your pastor] from himself, from the enemy of his soul, and from all earthly enemies.

11. That no decision which [your pastor] ever makes or desire that [your pastor] ever pursues would restrict his ability to pour his whole soul into the Gospel ministry.

12.That many would be converted and many built up under [your pastor]’s ministry, to God’s glory alone.

13. That the Lord would bless [your pastor]’s wife, [. . . ], with holiness and happiness, Gospel assurance and Gospel rest.

14. That God would make [your pastor] a decent husband and father.

15. That [your pastor] would be a good friend to his wife, and love her self-sacrificially,

16. That [your pastor] would be a good daddy to his children. That they would love God, their parents and the church.

17. That [your pastor] would be a testimony in the home so that his wife might be able to respect him when he is in the pulpit, and so that [your pastor] will be able to feed her soul, along with the rest of the congregation.

I covet your prayers more than I can say,
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Day Two (Wed. PM) at The Banner Conference

A ‘MINI–SESSION’

After some time for fellowship (and helping a brother try to repair a laptop), the Wednesday afternoon sessions began … with something rather different. At 3:15 PM Pastor Mark Johnston (a Trustee of the Banner of Truth, a pastor from the UK) spoke for 15 minutes on Continue reading “Day Two (Wed. PM) at The Banner Conference”

Don’t mumble, mask or mangle the good news

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In his smart new book, THE GOSPEL AND PERSONAL EVANGELISM, Mark Dever makes the following point — in the very manner he is commending!

Clarity with the claims of Christ certainly will include the translation of the gospel into words that our hearer understands but it doesn’t necessarily mean translating it into words that our hearer will like. Too often, advocates of relevant evangelism verge over into being advocates of irrelevant non-evangelism. A gospel that in no way offends the sinner has not been understood.

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What’s the Good News?

Mark Dever’s answer…

“Here’s what I understand the good news to be: the good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him. In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law in himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust him. He rose agin from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us has been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.”

— page 43, The Gospel & Personal Evangelism, Crossway, 2007

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God’s Gospel Testimony

On Sunday nights our church takes time in the service to hear testimonies from those gathered. My typical introduction says, “Who has something to share to encourage the saints? Either a morsel from the Word that blessed you this week? Or answered prayer, or a kind providence of God — great or small — to report? Who would like to go first?”

Then comes the pause … while folks decide if their testimony is worth sharing. To the best of my recollection, we’ve never gone lacking for a testimony.

Did it ever occur to you that without the “testimony” of God Himself, we would not know Him or about the salvation He offers mankind? Reading in puritan Thomas Manton this morning brought this to mind:

The Gospel is so called because there God hath testified how a man shall be pardoned, reconciled to God, and obtain a right to eternal life. We need a testimony in this case, [revelation, preaching or proclamation] because it is more unknown to us. The law was written upon the heart, but the Gospel is a stranger. Natural light will discern something of the law, and pry into matters which are of a moral strain and concernment; but evangelical truths are a mystery, and depend by the mere testimony of God concerning His Son.

I pray that you listen to God’s testimony (read it in the Bible), then believe it, and thank Him for it.

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Spotting Big Questions in Little Books

Coming home from the T4G Conference with 20+ books (most were gifts!) not only adds to the stacks of books in my Pastor’s Study but adds to my weekly reading agenda. It’s not that I will try to read them all in a few week’s time, but before I can decide which ones to read first, and which to set aside for a time, I must browse them all. This task is a real joy, but one still fraught with danger (that is, I could become caught up in the book and spent more time reading in it than I can afford that day).

Monday (typically my day off) I ambitiously took a handful of these books to the sofa for browsing after my devotions. I grabbed a bunch of the smaller books, foolishly thinking they could be browsed faster. I got caught right off the bat, and didn’t get past the first one! But this was really the Spirit’s work, I quickly realized (thank you, Lord). Continue reading “Spotting Big Questions in Little Books”

T4G Photos online

Here is a page at the T4G site with photos from the recent conference. There are few of the speakers, so I hope they add more.

And here are some other photos, at a fine blog site by Tim Challies, taken on Day Two of T4G, featuring John MacArthur and the congregaiton, etc (including the deaf interpreters present).

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