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Richard Baxter on the Pastor

January 30, 2012

I’ve just started reading ‘The Renewed Pastor’ edited by Melvin Tinker which is a book of essays on what a pastor/minister/presbyter should be and how he should go about his ministry. The book is written in honour of Philip Hacking and each chapter is written by a different pastor including such people as Don Carson, Jim Packer and Paul Williams.

What really struck me from the first chapter was the section quoted from Richard Baxter’s ‘Reformed Pastor’ on the challenge to keep persevering for the Church Christ has bought, saying:

“Let us hear the words of Christ, whenever we feel the tendency growing in us to become dull and careless. ‘Did I die for them and you will not look after them? Were they worthy of My blood, and yet they are not worthy of your labour? Did I come down from heaven to earth, to seek and to save that which was lost, and will you not go next door or to the next street or village to seek after them…Have I done and suffered so much for their salvation, and was willing to make you a coworker with me, and yet you refuse that little that lies within your hands?’”

What an amazingly good reminder of the value of the church and the high calling of the pastor!

You can find ‘The Renewed Pastor’ here!

And the ‘The Reformed Pastor’ here!

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 1, 2012 6:13 am

    Isn’t it interesting how so many people in our modern culture just don’t like to get their hands dirty? We have become hoarders of Christ’s love. He did, indeed take the sins of the whole world…even those we don’t think would be fit for Salvation. It is our call and our duty to GO and PREACH the Good News. But we are not to stop there. Once the News has been preached, we need to care for those who heard.
    This is a great post Mike. Thank you.

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