The Church: Reciprocal Benefits of Christian Ministry

This second post from J.L. Dagg’s A Treatise on Church Order deals with the reciprocal benefits of Christian ministry.  You can find the first post here.  From my own experience, I know how mutually edifying it is to hear when the preaching and teaching of the word falls on fertile soil.    

God has given the Christian ministry for the edification of his people; and every church ought to avail itself of this divine gift, and use it to the best advantage. For this purpose, the minister should be supported by cheerful contributions from the members of the church, that he may devote himself to the promotion of their spiritual interests. He should be encouraged in every possible way to diligence and fidelity in his duties. His imperfections should be treated with tenderness; and if, at any time, he should become remiss in his work, or turn aside from it to secular pursuits, the church ought, in gentleness and love, to address him with such language as Paul directed to be used to Archippus. But such an address cannot be made with good effect by a church which does not sustain its minister, and free him from the necessity of worldly care.

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