Lesson 6 – In Relationship to God pt 5- Reading

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b. You must establish and maintain a balanced reading program.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1971), pp. 178-179; cf. also pages 174- 184;

Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967) pp. 33-50.

1) Devotional literature

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1971), pp. 174-175;

James W. Alexander, Thoughts on Preaching (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), p. 93 & 141.

2) Theological literature

James W. Alexander, Thoughts on Preaching (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), p. 168.

3) Biographical literature

4) Historical literature

5) Pastoral literature

6) Homiletical literature

7) Polemical literature

8) Technical literature

9) Contemporary/secular literature

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c. You must conserve the fruits of your reading by underlining, indexing, filing, etc.

C. H. Spurgeon, “The Necessity of Ministerial Progress,” in Lectures to My Students (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications, 1990), book II, p. 24.

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d. You must take heed to the following warnings:

1) Do not make reading a substitute for thinking.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1971), p. 181.

2) Do not make a status symbol out of the amount of reading you do.

3) Do not make reading a substitute for the other duties of the ministry.

Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), p. 49;

Thomas Murphy, Pastoral Theology (Audubon, NJ: Old Paths Publications, 1996), p. 93.

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