This sermon was preached by Mark Dever (bio) at the Together for the Gospel Conference 2016. It’s titled, “Endurance Needed: Strength for a Slow Reformation and the Dangerous Allure of Speed.” I’ve dealt with discouragement and seen many of my fellow pastors deal with discouragement as well, not because of anything the Bible says, but because of arbitrary quotas and extra-biblical standards concerning “successful” ministry. Remember friends, the goal is to be faithful to God’s word, not to be “successful” based on a man-made standard. You are free to pursue faithfulness. Enjoy God through being a faithful pastor.
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Here are some quotes from this very helpful sermon:
-“I want you to see the difference between the joys of the spotlight and the joys of the elder’s chair.”
-“We present edited lives on Facebook, and Instagram, and Twitter, fictions of only success in lives and ministries to create real success in fact. We crave instant significance. Many churches today are built exclusively around one pastor’s drive, gifts of preaching or speaking or encouraging or motivating.”
-“Have you ever heard it said that numbers never lie? Friends, numbers lie all the time, about what is right and wrong, about what is significant, about what is of little value.”
-“The gospel cannot be a product the church sells because there are no consumers for it.” -David Wells
-“We need to forsake hype and over-selling and self-promotion that seems to be endemic to social media, and we need to rediscover humility and word-of-mouth by personal testimony and prayer.”
-“Brothers and sisters, I am concerned that in rushing our ministry for today’s statistics, too many false conversions occur, too many churches are prematurely born, too many church planters are sent out poorly equipped and poorly supported.”