Category: The Gospel and the Ministry

Care for One Another in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel

Over the past week, we’ve been considering how to fight against ministry burnout. My prayer is that this series has been helpful for you and caused you to see where the Lord might want to do work in your own heart and life. I know writing this series of articles has been helpful for me to think through and address areas in my own heart and life the need for what the Puritans call “heart-work” that is to grow to be like Jesus in these areas. As this series come to a close, I want to appeal to you...

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To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

Do not believe anyone who tells you that the way to focus on Jesus and His resurrection is to take the spotlight off the Bible. The entire Bible is a blessing to the believer, not a burden. It is not an obstacle to effective evangelism; it is our divinely authoritative source of gospel truth. The Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave is the same Spirit that inspired the Holy Scriptures (Luke 16:19-31, Rom 8:11, 2 Pet 1:16-21). Scripture is not only the product of human authors but is also, and ultimately, the product of the divine author, representing God’s...

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Accountability, Friendship, and the Gospel

Over the last two posts, we’ve considered the problem of ministry burnout and rest and renewal in Christ. Today we’re going to explore our ongoing need of the gospel, friendship, and accountability. My Ongoing Need of the Gospel In August of this year, I will have lead Servants of Grace for seventeen years. Let me be honest with you dear ministry leader friend; I have often wanted to give up. I’ve wanted to say enough is enough. Enough of email, producing content in a variety of forms, dealing with difficult people, and responding to critics. Then I remember the...

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Resting in and Being Renewed by Christ

Introduction In the first installment of this series, I shared my own story of ministry burnout, and we learned that the root of ministry burnout is unbelief. In today’s article, we will discover what it means to rest in and be renewed by Christ. A survey of 1,220 adults published in USA Today revealed that most people are looking for more rest in their lives. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed cited a need for more fun.[i] For most busy ministry professionals, additional fun time won’t happen without additional planning. The survey revealed that 67 percent said they needed...

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What Is Gospel-Centered Counseling?

What is gospel-centered counseling? It seems today that as Christians we’re always using the words “gospel” and “gospel-centered,” but what does that mean, especially related to counseling and one-another ministry? What Gospel-Centered Counseling Is Not I don’t know about you, but I often learn best from the opposite. So perhaps we could all consider what is not gospel-centered counseling. And perhaps we could learn from the stereotypical critiques that some share about their perception of biblical counseling. Gospel-centered counseling is not one verse, one problem, one solution. We might call this approach the “concordance” approach. Someone shares with us...

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