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Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

, 2002
ISBN: 9780805426205
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John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry. We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and the heart of the Christian ministry.

The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God. Brothers, we are not professionals. We are outcasts. We are aliens and exiles in the world. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we wait with eager expectation for the Lord (Phil. 3:20). You cannot professionalize the love for His appearing without killing it. And it is being killed. The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man. The strong wine of Jesus Christ explodes the wineskins of professionalism.

Named among the “10 Best Books Every Preacher Should Read” in the January/February issue of Preaching Magazine. “There is much more worthy of comment than there is space to comment. This book deserves wide circulation among our churches—pastors, so they will be challenged to fulfill their calling; laity, so they will see what the calling of their pastors really is.” - Ray Van Neste, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.

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“So the goal of spiritual leadership is to muster people to join God in living for God’s glory.” (Page 11)

“I defined spiritual leadership as ‘knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to get them there by God’s means in reliance on God’s power.’” (Page 11)

“Why is it important to be stunned by the God-centeredness of God? Because many people are willing to be God-centered as long as they feel that God is man-centered. It is a subtle danger. We may think we are centering our lives on God, when we are really making Him a means to self-esteem. Over against this danger I urge you to ponder the implications, brothers, that God loves His glory more than He loves us and that this is the foundation of His love for us.” (Pages 6–7)

“Gratitude is a species of joy which arises in your heart in response to the goodwill of someone who does or tries to do you a favor.” (Page 36)

“God is not looking for people to work for Him but people who let Him work mightily in and through them:” (Page 40)

  • Title: Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry
  • Author: John Piper
  • Publisher: B&H
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2007
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Pastoral theology; Church work; Professions; Clergy › Appointment, call, and election
  • ISBNs: 9780805426205, 0805426205
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T22:20:34Z

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John Piper

John Piper (b. 1946) is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author who serves as founder and lead teacher at Desiring God and is chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, Piper served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He has authored more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. Piper resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife of 51 years, and has five children and 14 grandchildren.

Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.

In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper’s sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. One of his bestsellers, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, prompted the name of the ministry.

Several of Piper’s books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God’s Passion for His Glory. The Crossway John Piper Collection (39 vols.) includes 39 titles from Piper, including Love Your Enemies and A Hunger for God. His preaching ministry of more than 30 years is available in the John Piper Sermon Archive (1980–2014).

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  1. Rev. Delwyn and Sis. Lenita Campbell
    If we are not professionals, why should anyone prepare for the Office of the Public Ministry? Why go through 7+ years of Biblical Languages, Homiletics, Systematic Theology, History, Missiology, etc? Why not just jump up, like Joseph Smith, Charles T. Russell, and Elijah R. Poole (AKA Elijah Muhammed) and declare that God has selected you to be His spokesman? If I am not a professional in the areas of Exegesis, Apologetics, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Liturgy, Hermeneutics, Church History and Missiology, then WHO IS? We are called and ordained servants of the Word - not Jackleg "Preachers" whose "mandate" is the number of ears that they can tickle.

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    One of Piper's classics that catapulted him into evangelical stardom.

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    Excellent read...

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