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Pastoral Ministry-How to Shepherd Biblicaly, by John MacArthur
Religion and Theology
Pages 10 (2510 words)
Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically by John MacArthur Word Count: 2500 (10 pages) I. Introduction John MacArthur, in Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically—tackles several issues that those in Christian service tackle every day. This examination of Pastoral Ministry will take into account: a book summary; a critique and evaluation; and a real-life application of the book in my life as a ministry student.
His sheep will wander off to other fields or die of starvation.”1 In the section about Pastoral Ministry in History, there is more focus on witnessing community and worshipping as a community. “A history of pastoral ministry must begin in the Old Testament. The theme, ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ (Ps. 23:1), expresses the pastoral role of God with his people.”2 The pastoral role, from a Biblical perspective, is primarily concerned with the minister’s ability to shepherd keeping God’s laws in mind. Of course, as much as the Old Testament is important, it is of premier significance that the New Testament is also focused upon to some extent—because it qualifies many of the harsher statements put forth by the God of the Old Testament. Indeed, it was Jesus who came to give freedom and set the “captives” free—whether it was liberation from psychological slavery, physical entrapment, illness, or poverty. Today’s ministers, the book argues, should try to do the very same, baptizing adherents in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the mandate given to disciples in Matthew 28. B. Part II. ...
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