In one of his sermons on the epistle to the Ephesians, John Calvin said this,
“Let the pastors boldly dare all things by the word of God… Let them constrain all the power, glory, and excellence of the world to give place to and to obey the divine majesty of this word. Let them enjoin everyone by it, from the highest to the lowest. Let them edify the body of Christ. Let them devastate Satan’s reign. Let them pasture the sheep, kill the wolves, instruct and exhort the rebellious. Let them bind and loose thunder and lightning, if necessary, but let them do all according to the word of God.”
John Calvin said to kill the wolves. Mark Driscoll tells us to shoot them.
Now one may very well wonder if Mark Driscoll should be guy telling us how to speak. He has, after all, made some mistakes with his tongue. That is true. He is a man like the rest of us. He’s a man like Luther. But it is also true that he is one of the few who is willing to say hard things in a clear and arresting fashion. Whatever one may think, he jolts his listeners at times, and in a good way. This is to say that Deacons aren’t handing out pillows during his sermon. Nobody’s falling asleep there.
So look. Mark Driscoll is an engaging speaker. And in this message he examines the Scriptures as to how Christians (especially pastors) should address people. He covers five categories:
Christians are to feed the sheep
Rebuke the swine.
Shoot the wolves.
Bark at the dogs.
Pray for the shepherds.
I thought it was a great message. I raised an eyebrow at a minor point here or there, but on the whole, I heartily recommend it to you.
Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate
Must Listen Factor: For elders/pastors, I would greatly encourage it. As for the rest, it is a highly engaging message. I can’t imagine anyone disliking it based on delivery. Wishy washy, smile and hug all the time Christians might get offended. So you’ve been warned.
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