I have been reading Iain Murray’s book, A Scottish Christian Heritage. I have especially enjoyed the biography of Thomas Chalmers. In that section Murray looks at the “favorite ideas” of Chalmers concerning the work of ministry. I found them helpful:
- The governing principle upon which the strength of all ministerial duties depends is regard for the approval of God.
- Ministers should never rest satisfied without growth in personal holiness of life.
- Ministers must give themselves wholly to their true work. (Not being entangled in civilian affairs).
- A minister must deal directly with men concerning their need of salvation.
To simplify: make pleasing God your aim, pursue personal holiness, be dedicated, be intentional in evangelism.
What would you add?