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Paul Tripp:

I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion, and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Savior. There simply is no set of exegetical, homiletical, or leadership skills that can compensate for the absence of this in the life of a pastor. It is my worship that enables me to lead others to worship. It is my sense of need that leads me to tenderly pastor those in need of grace. It is my joy in my identity in Christ that leads me to want to help others live in the middle of what it means to be “in Christ.” In fact, one of the things that makes a sermon compelling is that the preacher is worshiping his way through his own sermon. (Dangerous Calling, 35)


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7 thoughts on “The Secret to Ministry”

  1. Damian says:

    All great and essential points, yet, on occasions, no matter your passion and love for God, you still get blank stares.

  2. Mike says:

    Thank you Kevin. That is just what I needed today.

  3. Jeff Baxter says:

    Great quote. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lois W says:

    This is so good, so true, so needed, and yet….dare I say it? It seems to stay in the psychological realm of human experience and interaction. The pastor’s living a repentant life, his being submissively transformed by the Word of God, his growing in the knowledge of God, makes him a vessel for the Spirit’s transcendent, eternal work in the hearts of his hearers. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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