• We all go through tough times But it’s what God shows us through the tough times that really matter
  • Emphasize the (written) Word of God – it points infallibly to the (living) Word of God
  • “I am eternally grateful to you.”
    • That’s what’s in the balance
  • “We’re not in it for budgets & bodies.”
  • “My people can watch the news if they want that – what they need from the pulpit is the Word of God.”
  • I need to model the Word, not just teach it.
    • I must impart my life to the people
    • They can read my notes if it’s just about Bible study disconnected from a life that reflects it
  • Common question I’m going to hear: “Do you also want to go away?”
  • Affliction & anguish bring that into my life
    • But they’re an indispensible part of discipleship
    • A part of being conformed to Jesus’ image
    • “the saw & chisel are cruel tools, but are needed to take crude stone & make it what it needs to be.”
  • Tozer – not a megachurch pastor, but very influential – pshaw with numbers.
    • It’s more about living it
  • Psalm 119:71
  • Spurgeon: “if we would be scholars, we must be sufferers. God’s word is best read by wet eyes.”
  • “To whom shall I go? You only have the words of life”
  • Afflictions purify
    • They help me center on the eternal
    • They can authenticate my ministry
      • I’m obviously not in it for the money & fame! :mrgreen:
  • What have I done to prepare the church for my eventual removal?
    • I must prepare Elishas, Joshuas, & Timothys
  • Regular discipleship is critical
    • Dave takes his men with him on ministry visits & trips
  • Paul discipled Timothy
    • Build the ministry on the foundation that God has given
  • I don’t want somebody who wants to just teach…I want somebody who loves the sheep
  • Shepherds love the sheep – not use or abuse them

 

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