The Pastor

His Call, Character, and Work

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Pastoral Training

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Pastoral Theology/Pastoral Helps, Preaching & Teaching

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272

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9781848717749

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Mar 22, 2021

Book Description

Written by faculty and friends of Old Princeton, with an introduction by Sinclair B. Ferguson.

The authors included in this small clothbound collection:

William S. Plumer (1802-80)
J. W. Alexander (1804-59)
Archibald Alexander (1771-1851)
Charles Hodge (1797-1878)
Samuel Miller (1769-1850)
Ashbel Green (1762-1848)
Nicholas Murray (1802-61)

The authors of The Pastor: His Call, Character, and Work were all men closely associated, either as students, professors, or in one case a director, with Princeton Theological Seminary, which was established in 1812 by the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America. It was founded as a ‘nursery of vital piety as well as of sound theological learning…to train up persons for the ministry who shall be lovers as well as defenders of the truth as it is in Jesus, friends of revivals of religion, and a blessing to the church of God.’

A sample of the Princeton view of the ministry is contained in this little volume. Taken together its chapters form a small instruction manual on the key elements in the work of a minister of the gospel in any age and place.

These pages combine theological acumen, a high sense of purpose, a vision of the privileges of serving Christ, and a recalibration of our whole vision for ministry.

The chapters in this book have been selected from the two-volume Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry, also published by the Banner of Truth.

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Introduction by Sinclair Ferguson vii
1. The Scripture Doctrine of a Call to the Ministry — William S. Plumer 1
2. The Lord Jesus Christ the Example of the Minister — J. W. Alexander 31
3. On the Importance of Aiming at Eminent Piety — Archibald Alexander 49
4. The Character Traits of a Gospel Minister — Charles Hodge 67
5. The Pastoral Office — Archibald Alexander 89
6. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth — Archibald Alexander 119
7. Holding Fast the Faithful Word — Samuel Miller 135
8. Christ Crucified the Characteristic of Apostolic Preaching — Ashbel Green 179
9. The Ministry We Need — Nicholas Murray 211
Biographical Sketches of the Authors 235

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  1. Cary Bethune

    I thought this a wonderful read. As Sinclair Furguson stated in the introduction, this book is a “sine qua non” (an essential element) to all Christian ministers. As I am not a minister and have never heard a sermon on the “call to the ministry,” I was mesmerized by the discourses of each minister.

    I found it quite interesting as William Plumer discussed the possibility of any man being called and the “how” men are called to ministry. Not by extraordinary means, but the same way He calls us to himself. Beautiful.

    The simplicity of James W. Alexander’s sermon on how ministers should follow Christ’s example and use Scripture as Christ Jesus used the source of Truth in His preaching was refreshing. This sermon inspired me to memorize more of God’s Word.

    Archibald Alexander was featured in 3 chapters. His sermon on Eminent Piety reminded me of Charles Spurgeon’s book, “The Soul Wnner.” They we’re both of the same opinion, preaching with piety brings the best results as it allows the Holy Spirit to work. In his second sermon, “The Pastoral Office,” he painted a picture of how the minister and the congregation should have a deep love for Christ Jesus. With this love, you will be more than able and willing to work for Him and give up worldly desires. In “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth,” he uses God’s Word to show the minister how to feed the babes and the mature Christian. He, again, goes back to humility and teaches us how to be students again (even when you are the teacher, you can learn from your student).

    In “The Character Traits of a Gospel Minister,” by Charles Hodge, he touched on a subject of great importance to ministers and every Christian. Determine yourself to be moral and do the right thing, especially when God is the only one watching. It is usually in the small matters where we fall short, but this is where we live as Christians (Like being on time to an event, or seeing trash on the ground and picking it up. We do these small deeds for the Lord, not for anyone else, but out of gratitude for His amazing grace).

    “Holding Fast the Faithful Word,” by Samuel Miller, exhorts the reader to diligently impart the Word in sound doctrine and maintain it for themselves so as to impart this knowledge to their hearer.

    I always love a sermon with Christ crucified! In, Christ Crucified the Characteristic of Apostolic Preaching by Ashbel Green, he explains the power in preaching Christ crucified. This reminds me of reading Billy Graham’s autobiography. He was told by a friend to preach the cross, Billy! Their is no power in your preaching without the cross! Ashbel Green knew this about 100 years prior to that conversation. Any Christ follower can see the wisdom in this great sermon.

    The last chapter is, “The Ministry We Need,” by Nicholas Murray. Murray warns of the fallacy in being negligent in your study of the Word, and becoming a people pleaser. He makes many good points of which include being vigilant in your piety, being ready to serve at all times for your Master, and preaching the Gospel to everyone (not just the rich). He exclaimed the high calling that every preacher has. It is above everything, all occupations! Preaching the Word “is the point to where all the attributes of God converge into a blaze of glory.”

    My overall view of this book: Great for any Christ follower to read. We could all use more piety and less of the world. Each sermon was full of useful information to inspire any Christian minister or Christ follower to “get out of your spiritual rut,” and remember “why” you came to the ministry / became a Christian.

    My prayer is that you read this book and make your walk with Him closer and closer each day.

    “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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