I was a minister of the gospel who for many years did not preach the gospel to my flock. How did this happen? Let me back up.
Biblical encouragement isn’t a pep talk. It’s not a halftime motivational speech. It’s not manipulation or a pat on the back or how to “win friends and influence people.” No, biblical encouragement is always rooted in the gospel.
And any work which you try to contribute to your salvation, your justification before God, annuls the grace of God and insults the God of grace.
A talk given at NAMB & 9Marks Church Planting & Revitalization conference 2018.
I arrived at my current church in July of 1992, and for a solid decade our business meetings were marked by love, unity, and good-natured, corny humor. But then everything fell apart.