On Tuesday, 11/19/13, I wrapped up a year of writing emails to the Elders and Deacons of Crestview on Paul Tripp’s book, Dangerous Calling. Here’s my conclusion:
Today’s our big finish for thinking about Dangerous Callingand all that it’s meant for our lives. The suggested reading that influenced this final session was chapters 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, but particularly the final appeal in the closing pages. Here’s what Tripp gives in reminding us of Peter’s appeal to leaders in 1 Peter 5:6-11…
“Peter has one final punch line. He is eager to remind you that your Savior has dominion forever and ever. The one you look to for hope has absolute rulership over every ministry situation in which you’ll find yourself. It is impossible to ever be in a ministry situation, location, or relationship that is not ruled by King Christ. Here’s why this is so important: all of his promises to you depend on his sovereignty. He is only able to guarantee the delivery of his promises in the places where he has complete control. And since he has complete control over everything, there is no place in ministry where you will be unable to depend on the delivery of everything he has promised you. Also, the hope for your ministry is not the success of your pastoral control or ingenuity but that a sovereign Savior will complete his plan for his church.” (pp.223-224)
I can’t think of a better place to end than by resting in the control of our Savior. Let’s be preaching the Gospel to ourselves then and encouraging others to give it to us. If something’s been exposed in your heart this year, let’s confess it and seek help. Let’s pray for one another and encourage one another in this amazing work, that God may be glorified and enjoyed among our people. Blessings.