I’m reading through this book at the moment – it’s a fantastic read so far. Here’s an awesome quote about ministry’s primary goal:

“One generation shall commend your works to another.” (Psalm 145:4)

That was exactly what I needed. It immediately hit me that every moment of ministry must contribute to this goal. Whether it’s the worship service, the children’s lesson, the small group, or the sermon itself, each must share the central goal of holding the awesome glory of the works of the Lord before his people once again. God intends every moment of ministry to inspire awe of himself in his people. This must happen again and again and again. Why? Because we so easily become awe amnesiacs. We live between the ‘already’ – Christ’s completed and inaugurated work – and the ‘not yet’ – the coming culmination of God’s work of redemption. And since life in this period is one big war over awe, the present generation of ministry people must give the next generation their awe of God.

 

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