We often come to the table uneasy. We know we’ve been unfaithful. But as our shifting eyes look up, our Savior sits at the head of the table—staring at us with eyes full of affection.
What should new churches focus on? What should their priorities be in their early years? Titus gives us an answer.
Why would 9Marks feel compelled to respond to Grace Community Church’s elders and raise these points right now?
Before your church follows John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church and begins to gather in defiance of governmental orders this Sunday, I’d like to suggest that civil disobedience may not be the only legitimate or moral course of action at this moment.
As immigrant churches pursue greater independence among their various language congregations, the goal is not simply to have separate churches so that we can cross our t’s and dot our ecclesiological i’s. That’s only half the picture.
If we’re going to help our people, we pastors must cultivate humility.
Brother pastor, do you care about holiness? Please don’t give up caring. Be vigilant. Soldier on against your sin from this day to the day of your death.
Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.
Pastoral calling and ministry training do not inoculate from wrong ambitions. But men who are humbly lashed to God’s Word, with character shaped by the gospel, will pursue right ambitions.
God’s Servant Must Not Be Quarrelsome: Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid ThemBy Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020
There are fights to pick. Staying out of the fray is not always the better part of valor. But often it is.
Pastoral patience—the capacity to invest sufficient time in the pursuit of kingdom outcomes without freaking out—is a vital virtue in the exercise of pastoral care.
In my decade of pastoring, I’ve undergone a shift in the sources of my joy.
If you deprive yourself of God’s gift of pastor-friends, you might find yourself increasingly isolated and discouraged.
Jesus tells us there is joy in generosity. In giving. In dying to our preferences and pleasures. In taking the way of the cross rather than the way of collection.
We shouldn’t spend all of our time buried in books. Instead we should talk about those books with others, perhaps even over a meal.