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Strength Through Weakness | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in April of 2013.


One of the paradoxes of life in Christ is that strength comes by becoming weaker.

One of the problemsand possible idolatriesfor a pastor is feeling like you have to create success. This is probably not just a pastor’s problem but also an issue for everyone in their different vocations and relationships. No one likes to fail or constantly be reminded of her or his own frailty, but this is God’s way of working.

The biblical powerhouse, Paul, operated out of weakness. He says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “But [Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore [Paul says] I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Powerful gospel living starts from the true and regular recognition that we are weak.

While indeed it is true that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, we must be reminded that HE is the source of strength. He is the Savior. He is the Creator. Having this posture will help us take ourselves both more realistically and less seriously. The apostle is not advocating some kind of false, spineless humility or empty self-deprecation. True spiritual strength comes from this constant awareness of who I am in Christ—a weak sinner in need of daily grace. 

I just ran into this moving video of the great theologian, Jim Packer, and a new book he's put out:

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https://vimeo.com/59436976

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How You Can Pray for Pastors | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in April of 2013.


 
It may seem selfish to ask you to pray for me, but I need it. A pastor is a sheep like any of his congregants. He is not above his congregation. His spiritual gifts make him more visible and influential but not more important.  A simple internet search on “praying for your pastor” will yield some good results that I can’t necessarily top (see below). It’s been said that “Pastors have a bull’s eye on their back and footprints up their chest.” (Who signs up for that?!) Gospel ministry is not easy because done right means invading the enemy’s territory with supernatural truth. So, here are a few ideas on how to pray for your pastor: 

  1. Pray for my own walk with Godthat I would have rich personal time in the Scriptures and prayer daily. 

  2. Pray that I would discipline myself to use my time wisely and arrange my priorities in a way that honors the Lord and builds the church.

  3. Pray that through my manner of life Christ would increase and that I would diminish (John 3:30).

  4. Pray that I would kill complaining in my life and be more full of joy and gratitude.

  5. Pray that I would love my family and that they would not feel as if they are “second fiddle” to the church.

  6. Ultimately, pray that I would not lose the awethe awesomeness of God, the awe of saving grace, the awe of being a child of God, the awe of being a lifelong lover to my wife, the awe of the simple things of life, the awe of being a dad, etc. Pray against cynicism (one of my personal weaknesses), which by becoming more awe-filled tends to abort my cynical tendencies.
FURTHER RESOURCES 

+  Tim Challies blog has perhaps the best compilation of links to articles on the subject.

+ Ligonier Ministries while limited boils it down to 5 wayschock full of Scriptures, too.

Bob Glenn is incisive in his breakdown of this topic.

John Piper is almost always helpful.

+ And, Nancy Leigh DeMoss' website has a month-long plan on specific requests for each day of praying for your pastor.

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