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Church discipline is neither popular nor a common practice in the church, and this is to be regretted. Its absence indicates that people have lost sight of the love and tenderness that is always to be behind it and of its necessity if those who err are to be restored.

Church discipline is neither popular nor a common practice in the church, and this is to be regretted. Its absence indicates that people have lost sight of the love and tenderness that is always to be behind it and of its necessity if those who err are to be restored.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 228. Get this book!


2.
It is as impossible to understand the Scriptures without the Spirit’s help as it is to read a sundial without the sun.

It is as impossible to understand the Scriptures without the Spirit’s help as it is to read a sundial without the sun.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 78. Get this book!


3.
All study of the Scriptures is fruitless without divine illumination. “There must be Spirit in me as there is Spirit in the Scriptures, before I can see anything,” remarked the sixteenth-century Puritan Richard Sibbes.

All study of the Scriptures is fruitless without divine illumination. “There must be Spirit in me as there is Spirit in the Scriptures, before I can see anything,” remarked the sixteenth-century Puritan Richard Sibbes.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 121. Get this book!


4.
No trials are wasted in God’s economy. 

No trials are wasted in God’s economy. 

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 296. Get this book!


5.
We should teach and demonstrate that secondary matters should never be allowed to divide Christians… We should take the lead by always asking first, “What do the Scriptures say?” If they are not dogmatic, then we should not be.

We should teach and demonstrate that secondary matters should never be allowed to divide Christians… We should take the lead by always asking first, “What do the Scriptures say?” If they are not dogmatic, then we should not be.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 292. Get this book!


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No church is better able to confirm a call to the ministry than a man’s home church – it is the natural and appropriate proving ground.  He should submit himself, therefore, to the spiritual leadership of his church fellowship, asking them to test his call.

No church is better able to confirm a call to the ministry than a man’s home church – it is the natural and appropriate proving ground.  He should submit himself, therefore, to the spiritual leadership of his church fellowship, asking them to test his call.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 25. Get this book!


7.
Prayer is the most effective means of pastoral care… We have been set apart as shepherds and teachers so that we may give time to intercessory prayer. It is no accident that the one present activity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, to which the New Testament refers is His continuing intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). We are never closer to His heart than when we intercede in His Name for His sheep.

Prayer is the most effective means of pastoral care… We have been set apart as shepherds and teachers so that we may give time to intercessory prayer. It is no accident that the one present activity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, to which the New Testament refers is His continuing intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). We are never closer to His heart than when we intercede in His Name for His sheep.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 157. Get this book!


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We are all out of our depth in pastoral work. Our confidence must never be in our expertise or training or experience, but in God’s ability to use frail instruments filled with His Spirit. For this reason all pastoral work must be linked with prayer. Without the enabling grace of God, no encouragement, exhortation, admonition, or spiritual counsel will do any good; they must be backed by prayer (cf. Romans 15:5-6).

We are all out of our depth in pastoral work. Our confidence must never be in our expertise or training or experience, but in God’s ability to use frail instruments filled with His Spirit. For this reason all pastoral work must be linked with prayer. Without the enabling grace of God, no encouragement, exhortation, admonition, or spiritual counsel will do any good; they must be backed by prayer (cf. Romans 15:5-6).

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 168. Get this book!


9.
If Christians do not rejoice, it is not because they are Christians, but because they are not Christian enough. Joy is the rational state of the Christian in view of his spiritual position in Christ.

If Christians do not rejoice, it is not because they are Christians, but because they are not Christian enough. Joy is the rational state of the Christian in view of his spiritual position in Christ.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 52. Get this book!


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In all our preaching we are dependent upon the Holy Spirit. Like frail sailing crafts with their sails, we are helpless without the wind of the Spirit. No matter how well we have prepared and equipped ourselves, our words fall to the ground apart from the gracious unction that the Lord Jesus, the Head of the church, gives by the Spirit.

In all our preaching we are dependent upon the Holy Spirit. Like frail sailing crafts with their sails, we are helpless without the wind of the Spirit. No matter how well we have prepared and equipped ourselves, our words fall to the ground apart from the gracious unction that the Lord Jesus, the Head of the church, gives by the Spirit.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 146-147.


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The hidden factor in every encouragement we give, or exhortation, or difficult piece of advice or correction, is that God the Holy Spirit indwells the believer to back it up, and to apply it with a force we do not possess. Our confidence that people will react and respond in the right way is not our confidence in human nature but our confidence regarding God’s working in them.

The hidden factor in every encouragement we give, or exhortation, or difficult piece of advice or correction, is that God the Holy Spirit indwells the believer to back it up, and to apply it with a force we do not possess. Our confidence that people will react and respond in the right way is not our confidence in human nature but our confidence regarding God’s working in them.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 169. Get this book!


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True enthusiasm comes from being filled with the Spirit, and as we strive to do that to which we know God has called us, in conscious dependence upon Him, we will then be able to convey our excitement to others and carry them with us.

True enthusiasm comes from being filled with the Spirit, and as we strive to do that to which we know God has called us, in conscious dependence upon Him, we will then be able to convey our excitement to others and carry them with us.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 222. Get this book!


13.
Leadership in the church should always be shared – that is one reason that the apostolic pattern was to appoint a plurality of elders rather than a solitary elder in all the churches (Acts 14:23). But leaders too need to recognize one of their number as leader. This is an inbuilt principle of life, and we should not despise it. Husband and wife are equal, but leadership naturally rests with the husband. Children are equal in a family, but the oldest is looked to first when a crisis occurs. In some situations there may be one elder or spiritual leader who is actually called “the pastor,” who will be expected to lead his fellow leaders; and in others there will be a team ministry. But in every team there has to be a leader.

Leadership in the church should always be shared – that is one reason that the apostolic pattern was to appoint a plurality of elders rather than a solitary elder in all the churches (Acts 14:23). But leaders too need to recognize one of their number as leader. This is an inbuilt principle of life, and we should not despise it. Husband and wife are equal, but leadership naturally rests with the husband. Children are equal in a family, but the oldest is looked to first when a crisis occurs. In some situations there may be one elder or spiritual leader who is actually called “the pastor,” who will be expected to lead his fellow leaders; and in others there will be a team ministry. But in every team there has to be a leader.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 218. Get this book!


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To try to avoid leadership, and a leader among leaders, is to avoid not only a fact of life but a spiritual principle.

To try to avoid leadership, and a leader among leaders, is to avoid not only a fact of life but a spiritual principle.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 219. Get this book!


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When people know that we love them, they will accept what we say, even when it has to be a rebuke. It disposes them to listen when otherwise they might be cautious, apprehensive, and suspicious. “Love me,” said Augustine, “and then say anything to me and about me you like.” Richard Baxter’s flock used to say, “We take all things well from one who always and wholly loves us.”

When people know that we love them, they will accept what we say, even when it has to be a rebuke. It disposes them to listen when otherwise they might be cautious, apprehensive, and suspicious. “Love me,” said Augustine, “and then say anything to me and about me you like.” Richard Baxter’s flock used to say, “We take all things well from one who always and wholly loves us.”

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 159. Get this book!


16.
The primary way to overcome Satan is on our knees.

The primary way to overcome Satan is on our knees.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 70. Get this book!


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Our single-minded purpose in declaring the gospel is to give a clear and accurate presentation of the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Father purposes and delights in His Son’s supremacy in everything – and not least in the gospel and its preaching. Gospel preaching fails if it does not set forth the glories of our once crucified and now risen and glorified Savior. Everything we proclaim about the gospel must be viewed in its relationship to Him.

Our single-minded purpose in declaring the gospel is to give a clear and accurate presentation of the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Father purposes and delights in His Son’s supremacy in everything – and not least in the gospel and its preaching. Gospel preaching fails if it does not set forth the glories of our once crucified and now risen and glorified Savior. Everything we proclaim about the gospel must be viewed in its relationship to Him.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 140. Get this book!


18.
A pastor’s books are as essential as the furniture of his home. 

A pastor’s books are as essential as the furniture of his home. 

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 116. Get this book!


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Leadership may be defined as the ability…to develop other people’s maximum potential for their own works of service in the body of Christ.

Leadership may be defined as the ability…to develop other people’s maximum potential for their own works of service in the body of Christ.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 237. Get this book!


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Christian leadership models itself upon our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the paradoxes of His ministry was that although He was so obviously the leader, He was conspicuously the servant. He illustrated and underlined this truth when He washed the disciples’ feet (John 13). We are spiritually effective as leaders as we follow His example. Although leaders, we are first and foremost servants.

Christian leadership models itself upon our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the paradoxes of His ministry was that although He was so obviously the leader, He was conspicuously the servant. He illustrated and underlined this truth when He washed the disciples’ feet (John 13). We are spiritually effective as leaders as we follow His example. Although leaders, we are first and foremost servants.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 219. Get this book!


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Prayer is our principle and main work.  It has priority over the ministry of the Word in that it must come first.  It is by prayer that the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is effectively unsheathed.

Prayer is our principle and main work.  It has priority over the ministry of the Word in that it must come first.  It is by prayer that the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is effectively unsheathed.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 68. Get this book!


22.
God’s Law convicts of sin only as I appreciate whose Law it is I have broken. 

God’s Law convicts of sin only as I appreciate whose Law it is I have broken. 

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 139. Get this book!


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It is no commendation of our leadership if everything collapses when we are not there or when the time comes for us to leave.

It is no commendation of our leadership if everything collapses when we are not there or when the time comes for us to leave.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 241. Get this book!


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Leadership, like other gifts of the Spirit, is for the edifying of the body of Christ. It is not presumptuous, therefore, to feel the desire to lead if we are called to it.

Leadership, like other gifts of the Spirit, is for the edifying of the body of Christ. It is not presumptuous, therefore, to feel the desire to lead if we are called to it.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 218.


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The Church of Jesus Christ does not progress beyond the spiritual progress of its leaders.

The Church of Jesus Christ does not progress beyond the spiritual progress of its leaders.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 217. Get this book!


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Worship is not confined to the expression of praise through singing, or even praise and prayer, but rather it is the offering of ourselves to God in daily obedience (Romans 12:1), and that only then is our more public worship acceptable to God.

Worship is not confined to the expression of praise through singing, or even praise and prayer, but rather it is the offering of ourselves to God in daily obedience (Romans 12:1), and that only then is our more public worship acceptable to God.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 226. Get this book!


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It is not always easy to recognize what is merely a matter of personal taste – and capable, therefore, of being changed – and what is fundamental to worship and should, therefore, be unaltered. We should encourage people to test every contribution by its God-centeredness and its ability to edify, and for all to learn to see debatable issues from other people’s point of view… The most vital truth we must convey is that what is important is not how acceptable our worship is to ourselves or to others, but how acceptable it is to God – a priority sometimes forgotten.

It is not always easy to recognize what is merely a matter of personal taste – and capable, therefore, of being changed – and what is fundamental to worship and should, therefore, be unaltered. We should encourage people to test every contribution by its God-centeredness and its ability to edify, and for all to learn to see debatable issues from other people’s point of view… The most vital truth we must convey is that what is important is not how acceptable our worship is to ourselves or to others, but how acceptable it is to God – a priority sometimes forgotten.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 226. Get this book!


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A good teacher like John the Baptist, clears the way, declares the way, and then gets out of the way.

A good teacher like John the Baptist, clears the way, declares the way, and then gets out of the way.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 136. Get this book!


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The mark of a good teacher is that what is difficult and complicated becomes simple to understand.

The mark of a good teacher is that what is difficult and complicated becomes simple to understand.

Reference:   On Being a Pastor, Moody Press, 2004, p. 132. Get this book!