The first verse I mentioned was the verse that the Lord used to lead me into the ministry. Psalm 66:16 which says, “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.” This verse reminds me as a pastor that I am able to share with others what God has done for me. He has paid the price for my sins; He has died for me. I am, of course, not unique in this but this Psalm reminds me that I am not left out of this either. God’s promises are for me and those who hear me teach and preach God’s word.
The second passage I mentioned was Colossians 4:2-4, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am prison – that I may make it clear which is how I ought to speak.” My prayer for Pastor Kuhns, newly ordained and installed, (and those who were ordained a long time ago) is that he would continue to ask for prayer to preach the Gospel clearly; that he would pray that God would allow him to proclaim the truth as he ought.
You who are reading this, would you also pray for me? I ask that, by the grace of God, I would clearly and simply proclaim the truth of the Bible; Law and Gospel. In the next few weeks, I plan to mention and comment on a book that I have been reading lately. The book is a compilation of ordination sermons from a Swedish pastor named Bo Giertz (he authored The Hammer of God which I highly recommend). As I have begun reading the sermons I have noticed that these sermons, though directed at those becoming pastors, have great benefit for all Christians. This is so because they direct our attention to the power and authority of the Bible which speaks of the Savior who came for us.