Recently a wee booklet called “Ministry on my mind,” by John Newton has been published. I’ll be posting a few choice bits from it over the next number of days. Today we’ll hear Newton’s brief thoughts early on about who is able for ministry. He writes
Whenever I think of a minister, I necessarily suppose such a one (if honoured and useful) must have
– an extensive knowledge of the scripture,
– a large stock of divine experience,
– an eminent degree of discernment and prudence,
– an ardent thirst for the glory of God, and the salvation of souls,
– and a readiness and aptitude to bring forth out of his treasuries those instructions the Lord has given him, according as circumstances require either for stated or occasional services.
More to come.