Finding ways to establish a system of study and seeking to refine that along the way will help boost our exegetical efficiency and result in improvement in our expository preaching.
The best Bible study, note-taking system I have come across ultimately comes from Jonathan Edwards, but I was exposed to it through a Presbyterian pastor and preacher, Dr. Matthew Everhard, on his YouTube channel. There he instructs us on this updated system which he learned from his scholarly study of the Puritan preacher, Jonathan Edwards and it is known as the Miscellanies.
I am personally personally engaged on my own Miscellanies Project as I use it to focus on key verses from Bibliology, Christology, Soteriology, etc. In addition to this, I am using it to focus on key passages in Hebrews, and all of Jude, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Titus. It's time consuming but well worth doing it several days every week. I have also required my students to adopt their own Miscellanies so as to expose them to this method and enrich their study of God's Word.
Following Dr. Everhard's example, this can be done very miscellanies-like (meaning: mixed; various with your own choice of passages). Or, one can be more methodical like focusing on a theme like all verses related to the importance of the cross & the atonement or justification by faith or sanctification.
Anyway this is the most awesome system I’ve come across! Have fun and make a plan!
Blessings! Pastor Robert
Welcome to all of you pastors! I could easily place this under my mentoring group category of Biblical Shepherding but chose to place it in the Pastor One-Anothers group. But here I'll categorize it for both.
We embark today on a journey of looking at some subjects which are very important for us as pastors and preachers. We are answering the calling of God on our lives as shepherds who will care for the flock of God. To that end I hope to provide insights and links to good reading and listening for you to be strengthened and empowered for that calling. https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B150119
Check back in the coming days as we place our trust in Him to build us up and mold us into His image as under-shepherds of Christ. Follow the above link or click on the quote below to go to the first of a series of blog articles on Standards for Shepherds at Grace to You Blog.
Blessings! Pastor Rob
Keeping in mind the truths of Scripture which center on living a life of authenticity is important while we shepherd the flock of God which He has given to us. One way to do that is to remind people of Satan's goal of division and the other is to implore them to be alert and proactive in being authentic believers by fulfilling the "one-another" verses.
Here in this blog article by G3's Dr. Josh Buice we find some really vital truths related to encouraging and even challenging God's people to live out authentic Christianity. My immediate experience upon graduation from seminary was helping my church, which has sent and supported us for seminary and ministry, to close their ministry doors forever. The selling off or giving away of everything the church had.
We then went and had fruitful ministry in a church plant not too far away from home. But the experience of that church closure still lingers in my mind and I don't want to ever see that kind of division cause a church to do that again if at all possible. I think this article helps us renew our commitment to unity in the local church setting.
My father always told me "It's never too late to start doing what is right". May the Lord help us to renew our devotion to unity in the church in a biblical manner.
Blessings! Pastor Rob
I am learning much about biblical shepherding these days. It seems that many of my thoughts about what biblical shepherding are being confirmed through God's Word, various experiences, authors I have been reading, and the influence of other preachers and shepherds about this essential role of a pastor-missionary in a cross-cultural local church setting. I still have much to learn! My hope is that what I find in my own journey for stimulating myself to greater shepherding excellence will also benefit you.
Here you will find the link to part 1 of a 2-part series on from Grace to You Blog about Why Shepherds? I hope it is for you an inspiration and gives you insights you didn't have before.
Blessings! Pastor Robert
Robert Thomas Clark, M.Div.
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