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So you want to be a pastor?

August 15, 2007

Baptist theologian John Gill (1697-1771) points out that preaching is work, “the work of the ministry” (Eph 4:13):

the ministry is a service, as the word imports, and not a sinecure; there is business to be done, and a great deal of it; enough to employ all the time and talents of ministers, and no room nor leisure to indulge to sleepiness, to laziness, and slothfulness: and it is a laborious work; the ministers of the gospel are not to be loiterers, but labourers in Christ’s vineyard; they labour in the word and doctrine, which requires much reading of the scriptures, frequent prayer, and constant meditation and study, in preparing for their work, which is a great weariness to the flesh; and much zeal, fervour, and affection in the performance of it, which is attended with much fatigue, and an expense of the animal spirits.” (Body of Practical Divinity, 927)

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  1. lilrabbi permalink
    August 16, 2007 10:26 am

    What do you suppose he means by “an expense of the animal spirits”?

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