The Crucifixion of Ministry

by Andrew Purves     |     Book Summary


Author: Andrew Purves
Publisher: IVP Books
Date: 2007
Pages: 149

Book Summary of The Crucifixion of Ministry by Andrew Purves


“There is little, maybe nothing, we who are ministers of the gospel can do that really changes things. If anything worthwhile is to happen, Jesus has to show up.” (p. 9)

This insight may seem counterintuitive to many seminary students and pastors. After all, seminary students pursue advanced degrees so that they can enter ministry positions and make a difference, and those serving in pastoral ministry have given their lives to serving the Lord by serving others, all in the hopes of making a difference. 

Nevertheless, we must come to the realization that “our ministries are not redemptive. Only the ministry of Jesus is redemptive” (p. 9). Think about it:

  • Pastors are not the ones who forgive sins.
  • Pastors cannot bring the dead to life.
  • Pastors are not able to usher in the kingdom of God.
  • Pastors cannot grow and perfect their congregations. 

In light of these truths, we must be willing to crucify our ministries. Mercifully, this crucifixion will not result in hopelessness. Rather, this crucifixion will result in true hope. This hope is rooted in Jesus. “Our people don’t need us; they need Jesus.” (p. 10)





The Crucifixion of Ministry

by Andrew Purves

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of The Crucifixion of Ministry by Andrew Purves

AuthorAndrew Purves
PublisherIVP Books
Date2007
Pages149


Overview:

“There is little, maybe nothing, we who are ministers of the gospel can do that really changes things. If anything worthwhile is to happen, Jesus has to show up.” (p. 9)

This insight may seem counterintuitive to many seminary students and pastors. After all, seminary students pursue advanced degrees so that they can enter ministry positions and make a difference, and those serving in pastoral ministry have given their lives to serving the Lord by serving others, all in the hopes of making a difference. 

Nevertheless, we must come to the realization that “our ministries are not redemptive. Only the ministry of Jesus is redemptive” (p. 9). Think about it:

  • Pastors are not the ones who forgive sins.
  • Pastors cannot bring the dead to life.
  • Pastors are not able to usher in the kingdom of God.
  • Pastors cannot grow and perfect their congregations. 

In light of these truths, we must be willing to crucify our ministries. Mercifully, this crucifixion will not result in hopelessness. Rather, this crucifixion will result in true hope. This hope is rooted in Jesus. “Our people don’t need us; they need Jesus.” (p. 10)




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