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Highlights from Conference, pt. 2

October 29, 2009

This summation of the “Promoting the Gospel” conference that I attended earlier this week focuses more on pastors and elders.  However, every believer can benefit from the insights given by Paul Tripp about our 21st-century “pastoral culture,” so here they are:

1) There is an over-emphasis upon the seminary/education side of the pastorate.  This is to say that seminaries generally over-do the knowledge thing to the detriment of the relational thing with God.  I can’t recall how this next quote fit into this first point, but I think you’ll understand it anyway:  “Quit giving your people ingredients; cook them a meal.”

2) The over-emphasis on the pastor’s function to the detriment of his personal walk with God.

3) The separation of the pastor from the “processes” of the Body of Christ (because, after all, the shepherd is still himself, a sheep).

4) Be very aware of the seductiveness of the Fall yet today.  Its two fundamental lies still claim many lives:

1) The lie of autonomy/independence

2) The lie of self-sufficiency

5) God’s grace can be violent, if that’s what it takes to form Christ-in-me:  “Let the bones you (GOD) have broken rejoice” (Psalm 51:8).  Bless God for his violent grace.

6) God prepares/qualifies people for minsitry to others through suffering ( 2 Corinthians 1:3-11).  This is uncomfortable grace (to say the least!).

We want the grace of release.  At many points, however, God gives instead the grace of refinement.

7) Be very realistic about pastoral ministry (1 Peter 5:6-10):

1) Know your place (v. 6)

2) Rest in God’s care (v. 7)

3) Take ministry seriously—it is the true spiritual warfare that is going on today, v. 8

4) Resist, no matter what, the lie that says, “my situation is unique” (v . 9)

5) Trust God’s sanctifying grace to do a complete work in you (v. 10)

One final great quote:

Maybe what I’m working on is not what God is working on.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Pastor Jim permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:12 PM

    Good thoughts from Paul Tripp, if this message is available on mp3 I would love to hear it.
    Jim

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