Advice to Young Pastors from Paul Tripp, John Frame, and John Yates

| December 4, 2014

This is the fourth installment in a new series in which we publish brief answers from experienced church leaders to this question:

In addition to Scripture and sound doctrine, what should young pastors today be studying? Is that any different from what you would’ve recommended 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago?

Paul Tripp, author and president of Paul Tripp Ministries:

If you are a pastor, your ministry should be guided by the Two Great Commands.

Because you love God, you commit yourself to be a student and accurate exegete of Scripture, and because you love people, you commit yourself to be a constant student of and accurate exegete of people.

It’s this second field of study that pastors often neglect. Here are nine helpful questions to ask yourself as you attempt to be a student and exegete of your people:

  1. What are the cultural idols that are particularly attractive to my people?
  2. Where do they tend to buy into an unbiblical world with its accompanying hopes and dreams?
  3. Are there themes of spiritual struggle that I need to speak to?
  4. Where do they tend to get discouraged and need the hope of the gospel?
  5. What is the…

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