LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMNARY
John MacArthur - Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically
Submitted to Dr. David W. Hirschman, in partial fulfillment Of the requirements for the completion of the course,
October 4, 2013
John MacArthur and a team of authors from the staff of the Masters College and Seminary combine their pastoral expertise and resources to publish the book, Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically. This book is targeted to seasoned pastors and men and women who are just beginning ministry. There are four section of the book and each section calls the pastor back to the scripture which many have left.
Pastoral ministry had to be rediscovered because of uncertain identify, institutional disenchantment, lack of leadership, the future of evangelicalism hangs in the balance, no clear explanation of scripture, cultural isolation, unbiblical teaching, and emerging, and the ministry as it is being shifted from truth-orientation to a market response ministry (3-4). In order to challenge the ministry, the church must look to the Scriptures which seems, has been forgotten.
Questions are arising in the minds of Christian in the twenty-first century, what are pastors in the twenty-first century teaching? Are the scriptures being taught as opinions or truth? Is the pastor to teach what man wants to hear or what God wants to speak through him? Every ministry must be in the will of God who want to be approved workers of the gospel and not disapproved workers. MacArthur states “God’s calling, prayer, priorities, worship, preaching, outreach, discipleship, and other aspects of shepherding Christ’s flock are examined, challenging pastors to deepen the biblical roots of their own ministries” (inside cover).
Paul warns Timothy about two men, Hymenaeus and Philetus, who taught that the resurrection of believers had already occurred (1 Timothy 1:20). This was probably an early form of Gnosticism that emphasized a spiritual resurrection over against the Christian belief in a future bodily resurrection (2 Timothy 2:16-18).
John MacArthur and his Master’s faculty gives details on how a pastor should build his ministry using (1) Biblical Perspectives, (2) Preparatory Perspectives, (3) Personal Perspectives, and (4) Pastoral Perspectives that are given in his book, Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically. Pastors need to determine if they are going to preach and live biblical or not. They need to stand on the Scriptures taught in the Bible because they will always be under-shepherds God has called to do the work of the ministry (Acts 20:28), therefore they assume quite a responsibility when they accept the task of exhorting and reproving on Christ’s behalf (Titus 1:9).
MacArthur uses scripture to back up the Word of God, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). No matter where in Pastoral Ministry one might turn, he will recognize the emphasis the Master’s team places of the character requirements and integrity of a pastor. “The theme of the text is a pastor has moral direction, have leadership responsibilities such as inspiring and motivating his congregation toward outreach, spiritual vitality, and active Christ likeness” (225).
As Alex D. Montoya writes: “Inspiration begins and ends with attitude. Inspiration is a spiritual artificial where the one who is inspired give inspiration to those who have nine. Good leaders are consistently optimistic and full of faith. They do not have an attitude problem” (239). He goes on to state: “The pastorate is not an easy task; it is not for the fainthearted, for the weak, for those who want to avoid hardship. It is an extremely “hot Kitchen,” and if...
Bibliography: Wilson, Michael Todd, and Brad Hoffmann, Preventing Ministry Failure: a ShepherdCare guide for Pastors, Ministries and Other Caregivers. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2007.
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