The Art of Prophesying and The Calling of the Ministry

by William Perkins (revised by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson)     |     Book Summary


Author: William Perkins (revised by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson)
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Date: 1996
Pages: 206

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


Old Testament prophets were tasked with proclaiming God’s Word to His people and praying to God on behalf of the people. This great responsibility was then placed on the Apostles of the early church. In our day, this position has been succeeded by the ministers of the gospel as they are called to this charge. Their duty is not to receive private revelations and impressions from God and then forward those messages to others; they have been charged with presenting the Word as it has been revealed in the Holy Scriptures, exactly as it has been given, and approaching God in prayer as a representative of the people to God.

By understanding this calling as laid out for us in Job 33:23-34 and Isaiah 6, a picture of what ministers are called to be and do unfolds. “It is a general rule that as it goes with the pulpit so it goes with the people.” (p. xiii) A true minister must be faithful to his calling and his duties while leading his people by his example of personal holiness. There is no higher calling and no weightier responsibility than that of a minister of the gospel.





The Art of Prophesying and The Calling of the Ministry

by William Perkins (revised by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson)

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author William Perkins (revised by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson)
Publisher Banner of Truth Trust
Date 1996
Pages 206


Overview:

Old Testament prophets were tasked with proclaiming God’s Word to His people and praying to God on behalf of the people. This great responsibility was then placed on the Apostles of the early church. In our day, this position has been succeeded by the ministers of the gospel as they are called to this charge. Their duty is not to receive private revelations and impressions from God and then forward those messages to others; they have been charged with presenting the Word as it has been revealed in the Holy Scriptures, exactly as it has been given, and approaching God in prayer as a representative of the people to God.

By understanding this calling as laid out for us in Job 33:23-34 and Isaiah 6, a picture of what ministers are called to be and do unfolds. “It is a general rule that as it goes with the pulpit so it goes with the people.” (p. xiii) A true minister must be faithful to his calling and his duties while leading his people by his example of personal holiness. There is no higher calling and no weightier responsibility than that of a minister of the gospel.