D. A providential opportunity and proper ecclesiastical recognition for the office and work of a specific pastoral charge
1. Principal axiom
The crowning validation of a man’s call to the pastoral office is the recognition of a specific congregation judging and acting by the rule of Christ, leading to his formal ordination and installation in that office.
2. Proof of this axiom
John Owen, The Church and the Bible, vol. 16 ofThe Works of John OwenEdinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), pp. 54-55.
Robert J. Breckinridge, “The Christian Pastor, One of Christ’s Ascension Gifts,” The Southern Presbyterian Review 35.3 (July 1884), footnote pp. 471-472, 479-480.
Letters of John Newton (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1960), pp. 55-56.
John Owen, The Work of the Spirit, vol. 4 of The Works of John Owen (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), p. 494.
John Owen, The Work of the Spirit, vol. 4 of The Works of John Owen (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), p. 496.