John Piper on Parish Ministry—Take Heed to Yourself and to Your Teaching

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; hold to that, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. [1 Timothy 4:16]
I would sum up the impact of this verse as "the extraordinary seriousness of the pastoral ministry." I hope that one effect of this message will be to make you earnest and diligent in your prayers for all the vocational ministers of the church. And I hope that another effect will be to make David Livingston and Brad Nelson and the rest of the pastoral staff passionate and persevering and utterly devoted in the fulfillment of their ministry.
Three Commands and Two Promises

This verse contains three commands and two promises for the young pastor. The first command is that he take heed to himself. The second command is that he take heed to his teaching. The third command is that he hold on to those two duties; in other words, that he keep on taking heed to himself and keep on taking heed to his teaching, and never think that the days for personal vigilance are over or that the days for doctrinal growth are past....

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Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryMinistry of the OrdainedPreaching / Homiletics* TheologyPastoral Theology

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