Friday, September 4, 2015

The Preacher and Self Discipline

The practice of preaching cannot be divorced from the person of the preacher. Hence the New Testament emphasis on the self discipline of the pastor. 'Take heed to yourselves' was the admonition Paul addressed to the presbyters of the Ephesian church, before adding 'and to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit made you overseers' (Acts 20.28). He wrote similarly to Timothy: take heed to yourself and to your teaching' (1 Tim 4.16). The order is vital. John Stott, Between Two Worlds, p. 265

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