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The Church and Its Ministry

In this essay, Dr. Gary Deddo shows how incarnational Trinitarian theology informs our understanding of the church and its practice of ministry. For additional information related to this topic, here are links to two other essays by Dr. Deddo: Clarifying Our Theological Vision and Covenant, Law and God's Faithfulness.

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Gary W. Deddo
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The Christian Life and Our Participation in Christ’s Continuing Ministry

The nature and obligations of the Christian life have received increased emphasis in recent years, especially within evangelical branches of the church in North America, whether within mainline denominations, historically evangelical denominations or independent churches. This emphasis in itself is not problematic and could be an indicator of a growing awareness that being Christian requires a living coherence of piety and practice, faith and obedience, private devotion and public witness, personal holiness and social righteousness.

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Gary Deddo
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David Torrance: The Importance of Prayer in Pastoral Work

Rev. David Torrance

David Torrance: The Importance of Prayer in Pastoral Work

Rev. David Torrance shares some of the lessons he has learned about parish ministry.

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David Torrance

David Torrance served for 36 years in parish ministry in the Church of Scotland; he is the brother of theologians Thomas and James Torrance. He helped edit the English edition of Calvin's New Testament commentaries, and is a co-author of A Passion for Christ: Vision That Ignites Ministry. His website is at www.livebyfaith.org.uk. For a transcript of all five YI interviews, click here.

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Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

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1. Please cite some examples of how prayer has been crucial to your personal ministry.

2. Share your thoughts on, “Ministry is not like a normal job—we have to go with the Spirit.”

3. Reverend Torrance said that preaching and pastoral work go hand-in-hand. Please comment.

4. It was asserted that restricting the atonement to the death of Christ leads to legalism. How?

5. What did you think of, “We want the blessings of Christ rather than the person of Christ”?

6. The pastor identified salvation as being “in Christ.” What does this mean to you?

7. How do you understand the concept that it’s not our faith—we enter into Christ’s faith?

8. How can we explain the difference between universal reconciliation and universal salvation?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

JMF: When you first became a pastor and then through the course of your ministry, what are some of the experiences that stand out? What kinds of things did you find that churches need, that individuals need, and what did you have to have, and be as a pastor, to serve in that day?

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Lee Berger on Ministry Together

Lee Berger

Lee Berger on Ministry Together

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David Torrance: Not My Will, But Yours

Rev. David Torrance

David Torrance: Not My Will, But Yours

Rev. David Torrance recounts how God led him into ministry.

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Biography:
David Torrance

David Torrance served for 36 years in parish ministry in the Church of Scotland; he is the brother of theologians Thomas and James Torrance. He helped edit the English edition of Calvin's New Testament commentaries, and is a co-author of A Passion for Christ: Vision That Ignites Ministry. His website is at www.livebyfaith.org.uk. For a transcript of all five YI interviews, click here.

Learn More:

Perhaps you know of someone who might like to watch this program. If so, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Email this page." Fill out the short form, and share the good news! There's also a way to share the page on Facebook, Twitter, and other websites.

If you'd like to support this ministry, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about Trinitarian theology, check out Grace Communion Seminary. It's accredited, affordable, and 100 percent online.

Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Cite instances in your life when you have “heard” God speaking through the Bible.

2. How would you describe the terms “evangelist” and “theologian”?

3. What struck you most about Reverend Torrance’s description of family life in China?

4. Can you tell us of times when prayer has saved you or loved ones from physical harm?

5. What is your impression of the pastor’s youthful wish to die in war rather than be a minister?

6. Describe how God has been present in your life like he was in Torrance’s military experience.

7. Peace of mind and joy was linked to our saying “yes” to God. Please share your thoughts.

8. How has God ultimately worked something in your life despite your initial objections?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Missionary life in China

J. Michael Feazell: I wanted to ask you about your childhood, your story, how you came to be interested in ministry, how that came about, and what it was like to be in the Torrance household.

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Church and Ministry Articles

"From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Eph 4:16).

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