I got asked the question tonight what makes a great pastor… What an awesome question. Here we go…
A great pastor (working definition)…
(1) Has openly declared that Jesus is Lord – He believes his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, openly declaring He is saved through faith alone. (Romans 10:9-10)
(2) Has not taken lightly the calling from God on his life (Phil. 3:14) but striving to shepherd the flock entrusted to his care by striving (not obtaining perfection) in being blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, hospitable, able to teach, not given to wine (not a drunk), not violent, or greedy for money – but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous but one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence. He is not a novice puffed up with pride but has a good testimony among His fellow man avoiding the snares of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
(3) Makes every ambition to preach the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ where it has never been heard. (Romans 15:20) until Christ returns again (Matthew 24:36)
What did I miss…
Published September 7, 2014
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Published January 28, 2014
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The Art of War: Sun Tzu
- About: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is as timely for business people today as it was for military strategists in ancient China. Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu’s classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations.
- Comments: Reading through this under the lens of fighting off Satan and spiritual warfare. You’ll never look at a relationship with Jesus and the “battle” the same way ever again.
Essentials of Prayer: E.M. Bounds
- About: E. M. Bounds is the foremost authority in the knowledge and intimacy of prayer. This book will elevate the reader in the mode and practice of prayer far above any other… All due to the hours of devotion spent by Mr. Bounds.
- Comments: After completing The Necessity of Prayer, this work follows suit. A new outlook on prayer follows anything read by E.M. Bounds work. While Essentials is good, The Necessity of Prayer might be one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.
The Measure of a Man: Gene Getz
- About: Gene Getz delivers the newly enhanced message of what it takes to be a man of God. Men will gain encouragement for what they can be in Christ as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men.
- Comments: Two chapters in and excited for what’s to come. Love anything that talks about principles; this work is right up my alley. Anxious to get into discussions with other men about the material, hearing their thoughts regarding these biblical principles.
How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie
- About: The rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
- Comments: Great book with so many good takeaways. Reading it again under the lens of biblical leadership and weighing the truths inside against scripture to test validity. Never take one’s opinions as gospel, let the Bible do that!
Fight: Craig Groeschel
- About: Craig Groeschel helps you uncover who you really are—a man created in the image of God with a warrior’s heart—and how to fight the good fight for what’s right. You will find the strength to fight the battles you know you need to fight—the ones that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family.
- Comments: Often times the material feels dangerously close to John Eldredge Wild at Heart study. However, I’m super excited the guys at church are getting a lot out of it so I’m going on the trip as well.
What are you reading?
Published January 6, 2014
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Always awesome to be a part of a movement for Jesus. Blessed to be a part of this event!