Charles Bridges – The Pastoral Work of Christian Ministry

13 Jun


LET US not think, that all our work is done in the study and in the pulpit. Preaching—the grand lever of the Ministry— derives much of its power from connexion with the Pastoral work; and its too frequent disjunction from it is a main cause of our inefficiency. The Pastor and Preacher combine to form the completeness of the sacred office, as expounded in our Ordination services and in Scriptural illustrations. How little can a stated appearance in public answer to the lowest sense of such terms as Shepherd, Watchman, Overseer, Steward!— terms, which import not a mere general superintendence over the flock, charge, or household, but an acquaintance with their individual wants, and a distribution suitable to the occasion; without which, instead of ” taking heed to the flock, over which the Holy Ghost |hath made us overseers” we can scarcely be said to ” take the oversight of it” at all.

~Charles Bridges~

The Christian Ministry (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1958)

Books By Charles Bridges

Kindle eBook of The Christian Ministry

Other Charles Bridges Quotes at the Old Guys

One Response to “Charles Bridges – The Pastoral Work of Christian Ministry”

  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert June 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Great quote here, and a fine book and Anglican Evangelical presbyter himself, the Rev. Charles Bridges. (I have my Banner copy, 🙂

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