Advice to Young Pastors from R. C. Sproul, Tom Schreiner, and Carlos Contreras

| February 5, 2015

This is the sixth installment in a series where TGC publishes brief answers from experienced church leaders to these questions:

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?

R. C. Sproul, co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel and the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries in Sanford, Florida:

There are several things that young pastors should study as they seek to shepherd God’s people:

(1) Study prayer. Recognize its significance in your life and the life of your congregation. Trust God for your daily bread and pray without ceasing.

(2) Study the lives of great preachers and Christian leaders. Study such persons as Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Consider their godly characters, but also consider their mistakes. Let their lives give you insight, encouragement, and perspective.

(3) Study the Old Testament law and its relevance to New Testament saints. Understand how the law applies to you and your congregation. Know how to recognize both antinomianism and legalism. Avoid both, not only…

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