Answers for Pastors
Preaching on hell is no easy task. What do pastors themselves need in order to do it well?
Hell is an awful and overwhelming reality. Yet where Scripture speaks, pastors must not be silent. Here are four things pastors should preach about hell:
Why are pastors afraid of preaching about hell?
1. It’s in the Bible. As difficult as the subject is, pastors must proclaim the whole counsel of God.
2. It acts as ballast for their ministries. It’s easy for pastors to drift off track by making a good thing the main thing. Preaching hell reminds us that there is no more urgent task than proclaiming to the world the good news that forgiveness of sins is offered through Jesus Christ!
Many people think that, if it even exists, hell must reflect some defect in God’s character. Yet as hard as it may be for us to grasp, the reality is just the opposite: hell displays God’s glory.
How does hell glorify God?
Some people think that by rejecting or ignoring the doctrine of hell, they are making God more glorious and more loving. Far from it! The horrific nature of what we have been saved from only intensifies the glory of what we have been saved to. With that in mind, here are four reasons why the doctrine of hell is integral to the gospel.
A young pastor should consider several matters when considering when to initiate new structural or institutional changes in his church:
A pastor can make wise use of commentaries and other scholarly helps in sermon preparation by using such tools as conversation partners, not as masters.
How? By spending your earliest and best time with the text itself. Meditate on the text. Pray through the text. Exegete the text thoroughly. Outline the text. Ask questions of the text and answer them all yourself before you consult any commentaries.
A church should be willing to affirm an individual’s desire to do overseas missions when they are confident that the person:
Generally speaking, no.
How should a biblical understanding of conversion impact our evangelism? A biblical understanding of conversion should lead us to: