"Some Pastors and Teachers" by Sinclair B. Ferguson £18.00
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers..." Ephesians 4:11 (KJV)
In this work, the author reflects on the biblical vision of what every minister is called to be: pastor, teacher, counsellor, and example - but also a man who is growing spiritually, both in understanding and character.
'You cannot be a preacher without being a theologian, just as - in the truest sense - you cannot be much of a theologian unless you are, at heart, a pastor. How could it be otherwise if the chief end of our lives is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, and if the chief end of our preaching is that others should come to glorify him and to enjoy him forever?'
'There has been a great dichotomy in our thinking between what it means to be a minister of a congregation, a pastor of a flock, an expositor of Scripture on the one hand, and on the other hand, a theologian. But this dichotomy is not present in the Scriptures. The apostle Paul well understood as he handled the gospel, often as a pastor of a particular congregation, that you cannot be a pastor without simultaneously being a theologian. Indeed, strictly speaking, you cannot be a Christian without being a theologian. For the whole adventure and process of growing as an expositor of Scripture necessarily involves a very delicate relationship between two things: on the one hand, the system of truth that you have already discovered has emerged from Scripture (your doctrinal framework). and on the other, the fresh light that God is shedding upon that body of truth from the very Scriptures that you are constantly expounding.'
- Sinclair Ferguson ('The Preacher as Theologian')