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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)

One Comment leave one →
  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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