Ministry of the Word — Join the Party

The following is a “Pastor to Pastor” article by T. M. Moore from Chuck Colson’s Worldview Church ministry, August 19, 2010.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

On Christian Doctrine
Augustine (354-430)
“Among those who are able to enjoy God with us, we love some whom we help, some by whom we are helped, some whose help we need and whose wants we supply, and some on whom we bestow no benefits and from whom we await none ourselves. Be that as it may, we should desire that all enjoy God with us and that all the assistance we give them or get from them should be directed toward this end.”

Here’s a challenging thought: our ministries of the Word must equip people to love God and their neighbors, but we must also strive to lead them to join us in the enjoyment of God. Here’s a real challenge for our preaching, because it extends beyond mere exposition to the way we handle the text, the affections we display, and the encouragement we extend to the people.

Ask some of the people to whom you preach whether your messages are helping them to enjoy the Lord more. See what you can learn from them about how to improve on this important goal of preaching.

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About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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