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.
- Inspiring Insights into the Heart of a Puritan Pastor
I've heard many good things about this book, but haven't had the chance to get through it until now. Baxter is steadfast in his faith and his devotion to his congregation. He writes in a similar style of "Lectures to My Students" by Spurgeon, only it's from a Puritan perspective. His dedication is inspiring to read today, especially from the standpoint of a pastor or church leader. I gave it four stars rather than five because due to the dated language. It's hard to follow. A modern update would be better.
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.
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