You will face adversity. It’s only a matter of time. Likely you already have. How will you persevere through the oppressing moments of life?
But the question for pastors is even more difficult: How do you preach through adversity? How do you do heartwork when your heart is under siege and ready to fall? This is crucial. Preaching great and glorious truth, in an atmosphere that is not great and glorious, is an immense difficulty.
Drawing on the life and work of Charles Spurgeon, John Piper presents an inspiring vision of gospel ministry and offers practical counsel for how pastors keep going when the times are toughest.
“If we are going to preach through adversity, we will have to live in communion with God on such intimate terms — speaking to him our needs and our pain, and feeding on the grace of his promises and the revelations of his glory.”