To be honest, I expected lessons in what a minister in a Christian congregation should be doing more e.g. read the Bible, pray, serve the community, or less e.g. abuse power, value money or make use of others given the book title of John MacArthur latest, Remaining Faithful in Ministry.
Actually, the lessons MacArthur draws from the life of the apostle Paul are the core part. Paul remained faithful to the end. He persevered out of sheer love for the Lord, for the simple joy of obedience, with his hopes fixed firmly on heaven. The second letter to the Corinthians is taken as a starting point. There are nine reasons why Paul didn’t lose heart amidst adversaries, persecution, and tragedies. He saw himself as a steward of God, touched by the grace of God. He was determined to stay pure and upright and focused to preach Jesus as the Christ. God’s Word never returns void. Being humble and understanding that our suffering and weakness are the means for God to show His power. Familiarity with the faithful in the Old Testament and a heart fixed on heavenly treasures and rewards are unwavering convictions that can help contemporary ministers just as Paul. Expect more of a Bible study than a self-help book.
About the author
John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and as President of The Master’s College (and the related Master’s Seminary) in Santa Clarita, California.
I received a free review copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased opinion upon reading.