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Having a Right Balance in Ministry


20/03/2013

I was reading through a chapter in John Piper\'s book \'brothers we are not professionals\' and was suddenly struck by something I read regarding the focus of my preaching. I recognize we are all on our own journey in ministry but one major area of concern for me personally has always been trying to get a balance between calling people to repentance and preaching about the Christian life. I preach the first topic out of concern that many people drift into church and enjoy the atmosphere of faith and the presence of God but fail to grasp the importance of putting themselves right with God. 

Preaching repentance frequently can at times feel like you are focusing on the negatives in a person\'s life and you don\'t want to be doing that too often. I was struck then by Piper\'s view that we should speak about Christian Hedonism, the joys of the kingdom. He justifies this with a reference to David Brainerd who saw the greatest move of God among the Red Indians of North America when he preached about the glories of Christ\'s Kingdom. In other words, by portraying the promises of eternal life and a right relationship with God as the outcome of repentance and faith Brainerd through the Spirit created such a hunger for God that they cried out in desperation for such a life and such a Christ. 

As I thought about this I happened to read Matthew 4:17 and as if for the first time my eyes were opened to realise that Christ preached repentance, but he did so in the context of \'for the Kingdom of Heaven is near..\' The attraction of repentance is entrance to the kingdom with all that it promises. A life of joy in Christ, not a life of ease necessarily, nor one without suffering, but certainly one filled with joy, purpose and the inner presence of God.

I am determined then to preach repentance, but to do so with at least one eye on the glories of being a member of Christ\'s kingdom. Think about it folks, God promises eternal joy and peace, life in all its fulness and inner strength when faced with temptation, comfort when I am distressed and the knowledge that what God has prepared for me is beyond my wildest dreams!

 
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