Remaining Faithful in Ministry

Review of Remaining Faithful in Ministry: 9 Essential Convictions for Every Pastor by John MacArthur

MacArthur roots this short book firmly in Scripture.  In thinking about the encouragement pastors need and the author this should not be a surprise.  If you are looking for a book filled with personal stories or self-help platitude this is not the book for you.  In looking at the ministry of the apostle Paul and 2 Corinthians 4, MacArthur reminds us that the work of a pastor needs to be done with the understanding that it can only be done for God glory and not our own, with God's resources (the Word of God and the power of God) not our "resources" (our opinion, stories and strength).

One specific conviction that was very challenging and helpful to me at this time is "convinced of the benefit of suffering" from 2 Corinthians 4:8-12.  MacArthur writes "Our infirmity keeps us dependent on the grace of God, and our weaknesses also magnify God's grace."

The book encourages pastors to trust in the Lord and strive towards godliness.  Every Christian, a pastor or not, have areas we need to grow in and each of us needs to remember who God is and what He has provided for us.  This book has proven to be a very helpful reminder to me during a challenging ministry transition time.

This link, https://www.crossway.org/articles/what-hurts-most-in-ministry/, is to a post entitled "What Hurts Most in Ministry."

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book through Crossway's Blog Review Program.