In his introduction, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” This charge from Acts 20:28 only is the beginning of a solemn and overarching task to be personally involved and disciple all of your congregants. Richard Baxter’s plea for shepherding his flock continues with a charge to pastors to verify their own spiritual walk and then walks them through various disciplines, strategies and goals to guide and instruct their congregation.
When I read the Puritans, and in particular this powerful book by Baxter, I always love how they visited and catechized the people who were the members of their churhces. I think this important part of the gospel ministry needs to get reintroduced to pastors and to our congregations. Pastors encouraging family worship in people's homes would grow our love for the faith and the gospel like nothing else.
- Excellent reading
Baxter makes some convicting observations and offers helpful suggestions for pastors and elders even though some of his methods were unique to the subculture in which he lived.