Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. The Most Important Reason We Work: Phillip Holmes – Holmes says, “Man is finite, and a finite being can only observe so much. If we only work when others are watching, our work becomes insincere because we will cut corners and slack off when people aren’t watching. More importantly, working in order to please man reveals a self-serving pursuit of glory that belongs to God. Our work should point men to our Father, not us. Any time we attempt to rob God of his glory, we consequently rob ourselves of joy because we make ourselves slaves to the opinions of men.”
2. Principles for Pastoring Animals: Douglas Groothuis – Groothuis notes, “My theology of animals and how to pastor them is inchoate, but it is growing the more I observe and reflect on the animal kingdom all around us. Consider applying these three principles to your life with the creatures outside your species but under God’s care.”
3. Rethinking the Role of the Pastor: Nathan Rose – Rose says, “So, whether you’re a church leader or a church member, if you’ve found yourself viewing the role of a pastor in a way contrary to Scripture, then I strongly encourage you to please reconsider.”
4. Mission as an Act of Worship: Ben Connelly – Connelly says, “If you’re feeling unsure of what to do or the next step to take, then know that the rest of the book is devoted to helping you. In the remainder of this guide, you will consider biblical principles, heart postures, and practical ideas to weave God’s call to mission into the chaotic tapestry of vocational ministry. But it’s not as hard as you may think.”
5. Pastor Through Presence: Craig Thompson – Thompson notes, “Jesus ministered with his presence. He partied, He mourned, He grieved, and He did it all among people. Pastor, be with your people. Attend weddings. Visit with the mourning in their homes. Pray with new parents and their babies. Visit the fatherless and widows. Send birthday cards. In so doing you may feel at times as though you are wasting time, but you will fulfill the law of Christ and you will open doors for ministry and mission that you may not have even thought possible.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.