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Comfort the Grieving: Ministering God's Grace in Times of Loss
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Comfort the Grieving: Ministering God's Grace in Times of Loss

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Zondervan 2015

Until the end of time, when the curse of sin is finally removed, suffering will be a large part of the human experience and a large part of that suffering will be walking through the painful reality of death.  'Death,' writes Paul Tautges, 'provides a natural opportunity not only for ministry to others, but also for personal growth in ministers.'   Those who shepherd others through the pain and loss that accompanies death should seek to offer wise and biblical counsel on these precious and painful occasions.

This book is a treasure chest of pastoral theology that will equip you to reach out to those who grieve with the Christ-centered comfort of God rooted in the gospel. The theological foundation espoused here, as well as the numerous practical helps that are included, will help any servant of the Lord to point the hearts and minds of the bereaved to the 'man of sorrows' who is 'acquainted with grief' (Isaiah 53:3).

The Practical Shepherding series of booklets provides pastors and ministry leaders with advice and practical help to do the work of pastoral ministry in a local church.  In Comfort Those Who Grieve, experienced pastor Paul Tautges offers readers a guide to comforting those dealing with death through the hope of the gospel. 

Contents

Foreword: Brian Croft Introduction SECTION ONE: PASTORAL THEOLOGY Chapter 1: God is our refuge – Biblical foundations Chapter 2: The God of hymnody – Musical meditations Chapter 3: God delights in the death of a believer – Pastoral tenderness Chapter 4: The God of all comfort – Hope-dispensing letters Chapter 5: God brings life out of death – Gospel-centered comfort Chapter 6: The God of reconciliation – Christ-centered preaching SECTION TWO: PRACTICAL APPLICATION Chapter 7: The Grace of Salvation – Eternal considerations Chapter 8: Grace for the Death of a Child – Theological reflections Chapter 9: Grace after the funeral – Bereavement care Chapter 10: Grace at the bedside – Compassionate chaplaincy Conclusion: Appendix 1: A Personal Testimony Appendix 2: Scriptures that Comfort Appendix 3: Poetry, Songs, and Prayers Appendix 4: Sample Memorial Services Appendix 5: Further Help Endnotes

Product Details

  • Title : Comfort the Grieving: Ministering God's Grace in Times of Loss
  • Authors:
    • Tautges, Paul
    • Croft, Brian
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • ISBN: 9780310519348