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Christ the Model

A very short answer to a very important question:

danielalexanderpaynesmall.png . . . who is sufficient to preach the gospel of Christ and govern the church that he has purchased with his own blood? Who is sufficient to train his host of the Lord and to lead it from earth to heaven? Who is sufficient to guide it through this war against principalities and powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against all the hosts of earth and hell, and place it triumphant upon the shining plains of glory? Who is sufficient? I answer, the man who makes Christ the model of his own Christian and ministerial character. This man, and he alone, is sufficient for these things.

—Daniel A. Payne, cited in Thabiti Anyabwile, The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors (Crossway, 2007), 88–89.

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#1 || 09·04·16··09:58 || Catherine

Beautifully written and oh so true! Because it is a war, we need the best men for the job. Not just anyone can do this job. It requires much training, not classroom time, but training at the knee of the Holy Spirit. It requires leadership that cares more about the troops that are serving, than about how good they look in front of the mirror. It requires the leader to have a saving faith that cannot be shaken, so that the troops know they can trust the leader. It requires a leader that shares the true Gospel and loves it so much that they are willing to throw themselves on a landmine to protect it. that follow the model, those are the men that we need to preach the Gospel! Thanks for this post!

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