John Newton on the ministry (part 3)

Some final thoughts from Newton’s journals considering pastoral ministry. Towards the end he has his own section of resolutions (think Jonathan Edwards here) as he anticipates his first charge. One of these resolutions seeks to have 3 primary emphases in his pastoral preaching and work. These are:

1. The doctrine of Jesus Christ crucified.

2. The great doctrine of the love of God.

3. The practice of gospel holiness.

Oh that these three things might be the response of one’s sheep when asked about what things identify their shepherd.


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