Much like a product flying off of the shelves, encouragement is in high demand. But in all too many of our churches, it is in short supply.
This life is the wilderness before the promised land, where temptations to grumble abound. This present sojourn includes a cross being placed upon our shoulders before the crown that one day adorns our heads.
In my own church, we recently spent the month of July preaching on the doctrines of grace. DeYoung’s book provided helpful historical context and pastoral application for the series. I gladly recommend this book to pastors and growing Christians alike.
Just as pastors will be held accountable for how faithfully they obeyed the command to oversee the flock, so church members will be held accountable for how faithfully they obeyed the command to make shepherding their church a groan-free experience for their pastor.
On that morning, I stood in front of our church on the first Sunday without our pastor of 46 years.